By Denis Nsubuga
The question, “How old is MC Kats?” was one of the viral jokes that capped social media activity last weekend. Laced on a hashtag #KingOfTheMC1, folks on Facebook and Twitter came up with witty memes giving vent to their nosiness upon the age of the seemingly long serving popular TV presenter.
But veiled in the quips was the gesture of the fans’ love and adoration of the thin-pencil talented host who started his career as a teenage on the now defunct WBS TV.
This was about celebrating him. It was a shower of love of some sort that it was not surprising seeing a massive turn-up at Wave Lounge, Kololo on Friday night for his show dubbed King of The MC.
Probably the first show headlined by an emcee, it proved MC Kats, real names Edwin Katamba, an artist of his own right. To entertain his fans, he was backed by a big lineup of artists who enchanted revellers in a memorable night.
The main act took to the stage at close to midnight, in a splendid welcome of confetti on stage and a dance-musical ambience. He was clad in a white-and-gold decorated-captain attire, and sat in long chair symbolic of kings.
Amid cheers and screams, the celebrated entertainment events MC, started off his act saying, “This is not about me; it is about whoever youth out who has dream. That stink to it, you will make it,” probably enthused by the heroic welcome from his fans that packed the venue to the brim.
And when he chose to do what he does best—hyping up the crowd, the audience literally went crazy, as it danced on jams from a line-up of DJs, including DJ Mercy, Slick Stuart and Roja. Then he introduced various artists in his signature engaging emceeing.
From the new sensations, John Blaq and Ffe Busi; hit-makers like Eddy Kenzo and Ykee Benda; to seniors like Bebe Cool and Ragga Dee, the show at some point surfaced like a vote of thanks to the celebrated events host who is credited for grooming various artists and MCs.
“We want to thank you for the sacrifices you have made for the Uganda music industry. The support you lend to many artists, we thank you,” Bebe Cool said.
“Kats is not only talented, he is passionate. He devoted his life to this thing (entertainment),” said Ragga Dee.
Praises from everyone that hit stage, both upcoming to old artists, kept pouring in throughout the show. It was celebratory as it was entertaining.