Reports coming through indicate that Nile Breweries Limited has paid a staggering $240,000 (shs600 million) to have international super band UB40 perform in Kampala.
Our sources reveal that UB40 will perform in Kampala in either late July or early August. The sources further reveal that Nile Breweries Marketing director Daniel Ogong is expected to fly to finalize with them. When contacted a source at the brewery expressed ignorance but said it was possible under the Club Music department. UB40 split after performing in Kampala years back but recently three original UB40 members announced they are reuniting to record a new album and tour. Singers Ali Campbell, Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue, who together formed the Birmingham-based reggae group, made the announcement on Friday January 17.
They also revealed that they are currently recordingnew songs. The message posted on their website read: “The three founding members have reformed and reunited to bring you the true sound of UB40. Ali, Astro and Mickey are currently in the studio working on a new album…more info soon.” The original UB40 played together for about 30 years before singer Ali Campbell left in January 2008. Mickey Virtue departed shortly after and Astro quit the group in November 2013. The remaining members of the group continue to tour under the UB40 name, with Ali’s brother Duncan on vocals, and this announcement of another UB40 touring will likely cause major friction and legal action.
In 2011, Ali Campbell and four other members of UB40 were declared bankrupt following the failure and collapse of their record company and management firm DEP International. Formed in 1978 in Birmingham, UB40 enjoyed 1980s UK chart toppers with ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ and ‘I Got You Babe’.