Eddy Kenzo, will headline the Rolex Festival. Come Saturday, December 7th 2019, all major roads will lead to Dam Waters (Pit Stop) for the first edition of the Rolex Festival in Jinja. Preparations for the popular annual food event, which debuts in Jinja this December, are in advanced levels.
The organisers released the artiste lineup earlier and confirmed yesterday. This is after Eddy Kenzo backtracked on his threat not to perform in Uganda again unless Sheikh Nuuhu Muzaata Batte apologizes for the scandalous statements attributed to him (Kenzo).
Eddy Kenzo will share the event stage with a couple of other artistes. The lineup comprises new Busoga female artistes Vanie Tyrah, Terina Zira, and Racheal Monique, Park U, Kim Nana, VIP Jemo, Spice Diana, Fik Fameica, Sandra Sanjja, Pallaso, Feffe Bussi, and DJ Wicky and many others yet to be confirmed. MC Ryan & MC Bosky will be on stage as auxiliary hosts to Alfa Tymz and DJ Nimrod.
Why the threat not to perform in Uganda again?
Eddy Kenzo was at the receiving end of Sheikh Muzaata’s verbal artillery recently. The attack stung deep that Eddy Kenzo threatened not to perform in Uganda again unless the Muslim cleric retracts or justifies his words.
Upon his return to Uganda on Tuesday, October 22nd 2019, an elated and equally emotional Eddy Kenzo had chosen to change his mind about Shiekh Muzaata and the whole situation.
“While growing up on the streets, I learned many virtues like moral integrity in order to survive,” said Eddy Kenzo in a press interview. “The Quran teaches us forgiveness. I hear even Jesus, in the Bible, preached forgiveness to his people. I forgive Sheik Muzaata. If he wishes, he will apologize, if he doesn’t feel like, it is upon Allah to reward him,” added the award-winning artiste.
This settles the uncertainty of whether Eddy Kenzo would perform in Jinja given his earlier threat-stand. It is important to note that Sheikh Nuuhu Muzaata Batte has not apologized and doesn’t seem like he will; the record has it.
Born Edrisah Musuuza, Eddy Kenzo is a Ugandan singer and music executive who owns, and is a member of, Big Talent Entertainment. Eddy Kenzo’s international recognition came in 2014 after he released Sitya Loss whose video that featured the Triplets Ghetto Kids went viral. This earned him a BET Award in 2015 for “Viewer’s Choice Best New International Artist” making him the first East African artist to win a BET Award of any kind. His musical star has continued shining since then.
The Rolex Festival is a brainchild of Enid Mirembe, Miss Tourism Busoga 2015/16, and was awarded ‘Food Event of the Year’ at the 2019 Ekkula Pearl of Africa Tourism Awards.