He has been on a dramatic comeback streak for the last couple of months following over 15 years in obscurity.
And legendary Ugandan singer Madoxx Sematimba will be looking to maintain his impressive form when he takes the stage at this year’s Uganda Entertainment Awards (UEA).
The Namagembe hitmaker is part of an ensemble cast of performers set to entertain guests at the second edition of the annual awards to be held at Serena Hotel in Kampala next Friday.
The Aug 19 do will be headlined by Nigeria’s Yemi Alade of the Johnny fame and Tanzania’s Ali Kiba in the duo’s first ever performances in Uganda.
It is however Madoxx who is tipped to steal the show as many music fans simply can’t wait to catch a glimpse of a man whose incredible journey from a music genius to a drug-crazed destitute has both fascinated and touched the nation.
The 45-year-old artiste rose to stardom eighteen years ago with his 10-track Tukolagane album, which boasted a futuristic variation of reggae.
Over the next couple of years however, Madoxx’s career took a nosedive as he stopped recording music or performing and instead resigned to a life of drug and substance abuse in the rough Nakulabye ghettos.
But while personal problems took a toll on his career, his distinctive laid-back style and soulful vocals that made him a star remained fresh in the minds of many Ugandans music lovers.
Now, thanks to the help of a few well-wishers and fellow artistes, Madoxx’s career has got a new lease of life.
He has been headlining shows across town for the last couple of months, and his hotly-billed performance at this year’s UEA is set to leave fans spellbound with the local music legend’s prowess.
The red-carpet fete will also feature performances from other Ugandan heavyweights including Sheebah Karungi, Ziza Bafana, Bebe Cool and Winnie Nwagi.
But it will particularly be a homecoming of sorts for Madoxx considering the music maestro was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement gong at the awards’ inaugural edition last year.
In true spirit of the awards’ objective of celebrating outstanding talents within the local entertainment industry on a global platform, this year’s UEA will feature exclusive red carpet coverage by American TV giant E!
A total of 47 awards will be given out at this year’s ceremony with Sheebah Karungi and Eddy Kenzo leading the nomination pack with five nods each.
The pair will go neck and neck in Artiste of the Year and Video of the Year categories with the Queen tipped to emerge victorious.
A couple of world celebrities including Yemi Alade, South African TV host Bonanag Matheba and former Liverpool FC striker Robbie Fowler are expected to grace this year’s awards.
Tickets to the event are selling at Shs 50,000 and Shs 100,000 for ordinary and VIP seats, respectively. Corporate tables go for Shs 3m each. You can now buy your ticket online at jumia.com or easyticket.co.ug as well as Serena Hotel.