Friday, December 5, 2008

Boyz II Men cancel Kampala concert

American R&B stars and four time Grammy Award winners Boyz II Men won’t be performing in Kampala tomorrow as widely expected.
One of their members, the silky smooth voiced Shawn Patrick Stockman is reportedly sick. Boyz II Men were supposed to perform in a concert dubbed "Biggest Concert Ever" tomorrow at the Lugogo Cricket Oval. Alongside the iconic trio, ballad crooner Joe and Jamaican heavyweights Tanto Metro & Devonte and Tanya Stephens were also scheduled to perform. Halima Namakula, the No-End Entertainment boss, revealed that Shawn had lost his voice after performing under severe winter conditions in the United States.

“These guys perform live, they are not like most Ugandan musicians who perform with back-up music like your average Bebe Cool or Bobi Wine. And when their vocal cords are not working properly, they cannot put up a good show,” Halima said. She apologised before adding that foreign musicians take their health very seriously and won’t perform when they are not 100%. “Trust me, these guys are so delicate. If it was a Ugandan artist, he would still have performed despite the illness,” a clearly crestfallen Halima added. “Yes, Boyz II Men are big and well known artists, and most people bought tickets because of them, but wait a minute; Joe is equally big and when you add Tanya Stephens, Tanto Metro and Devonte to the equation, you still get a great show,” said Hemdee, Halima’s son and CEO of No End Entertainment.

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