By Ahmad Muto
Singer Spice Diana is arguably one of the most sought after Ugandan artistes if her bookings during lock down are to go by. She had a string of successful concerts in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend and painted her socials with the activities. The shows dubbed the Real life summer festival, 2021’ kicked off on Thursday, July 29 with a Meet and Greet, an Instanbul Tour on Friday, July 30, a Luxury Royal Cruise on Saturday, July 31 and a Pool Party and Barbecue on Sunday, August 1.
According to her Instagram, the shows sold-out, showing a number of Turkish nationals, Ugandans and other Africans in Turkey in attendance. The sold-out gigs however, showed no signs of Covid-19 standard operating procedures – masking and social distancing – just like normal times.
It is important to note that most of the local artistes that have performed outside the country during the pandemic have gone to countries with lax Covid-19 control measures. Karole Kasita revealed that during her recent gig in South Sudan, it looked like Covid-19 is something they only hear about and see in the media. When he returned, well, she did not self-isolate, same with Lydia Jazmine and Vinka who have performed there this year.
Spice Diana’s last gig outside Uganda, far south in South Africa ended in tears after the Durban promoter claimed she got Covid-19. She put a long post on her Facebook page the promoters were spreading rumours because they wanted to bring her down. She particularly accused South Africa based Ugandan promoter and StarQt award organizer, Stella Nankya of frustrating local artistes.