By Michael Muhima
Saturday the 20th of July marked the third episode of Sato Eaze Chill and so far the organizers have indeed redefined Saturdays with this latest installment in Uganda’s dynamic party scene.
This past Saturday’s edition of Sato Eaze Chill was the first (hopefully of many) episode that was hosted by Terranga Bar & Restaurant after the unceremonious closure of Jazzville Bugolobi. I have to be honest, after that news was released I wasn’t sure whether there would be any “Eaze Chill” to talk about this past weekend but thank the gods of party for the way in which Evoke swiftly secured Terranga, which is just a stone’s throw away from Jazzville, in time for the weekend festivities.
As the name of the event clearly states, Saturday was indeed a day for a chill. There was a slight rain scare but, again thanks to the aforementioned gods of party, the afternoon remained dry yet cool – perfect conditions for the occasion.
The event delivered as advertised: pull up to the joint, grab a seat, buy a drink and just chill and catch up with friends and loved ones over, say, a game of ludo or matatu.
The DJs of the day did not disappoint as they played a non-stop mix of house, hip-hop, RnB, Afrobeats and Ugandan club bangers all through the evening.
One particular reveller was so impressed with the concept simply because it “makes us feel so mature”. Seeing as a lot of youth are looking for a bit more of a mellow side to match the usual aggressive and bouncy nightlife, an evening spent in a t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops drinking beer with one’s mates was a welcome alternative.
Admittedly there were a few hiccups as pointed out by some of the revellers, one being the obvious unfamiliarity with the new venue (which up until last week few people knew existed, I bet) and the lack of shisha which is a favourite of partygoers all over town. Maybe it’s a company policy not to deal in shisha, maybe it just wasn’t available on the day, who knows for sure?
All in all it was a nice evening out and I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to the next Sato Eaze Chill. Big ups to Evoke.