Spectacle! That is the finest way to describe Sandra Suubi’s latest performance at the National Theatre. Sandra Suubi decided not to only show up and sing for her presentation, suitably titled The Sandra Suubi Music Experience, but also feed the eyes of her audience. (Sandra Suubi’s Extraordinary Show)
She and her team were clear about their objective from the start of the show: to give the audience something they hadn’t seen before. The voices of her back up to Suubi descending from the stage roof launched the first act with a flawless silhouette dancing routine. They weren’t just moments; they left you feeling a certain way long after the concert was over.
She had divided her time on stage into three acts, each of which depicted her development as a performer and a visual artist. For example, the first performance was uplifting or gospel, followed by love songs, and she ended with environmental advocacy music.
Yes, Suubi has been concerned about the environment since she won the prestigious Airtel singing competition. The majority of her activism was then done through visual works, plastic recycling, and the creation of installations to raise awareness about plastic waste. In fact, one of her works can still be found at Ggaba Landing Sit.
However, she has recently performed songs about mankind, life, and environment.
Songs from her first two EPs, Anthems of Life and Anthems of Praise, were included heavily in her gospel set. She even welcomed testimonials on songs like Nsiimye, and many were prepared to share details about their lives and how the music spoke to them.
For example, model talent manager Joram Muzira stated that the song is a guarantee for him and the models.
“This song means a lot to me because I started out in the industry when many didn’t think of modeling as a legitimate profession.” He explained, “We sing it with the females before the shows start.”
A powerful performance.
Suubi’s opener was impressive, as she was able to get her audience up and out of their seats in less than 10 minutes. And, as an interactive character, she frequently interacted with them.
In other appearances, she was joined by several of her backup singers for duets, but Tuli Njiibwa, a collaboration with soul singer Kenneth Mugabi, is still spoken about. This happened during her love ballad session, during which she also delivered a special song for her father, Father’s Love. The two tracks can be found on her Mutima EP from 2021, which also includes Guluma and Nkwagale.
She ended her act with songs about patriotism, such as Togwamu Suubi, which she began by rhyming Benezeri’s stanza.
In the end, it was a great show with imperfections such as overbearing dancers that were a little all over the place. (Sandra Suubi’s Extraordinary Show – CELEBRITY JAZZ UG)