YOU have been knocked down, left sprawling on the canvas and out for the count. Like Bruce Springsteen in the song ‘The Streets of Philadelphia’, you are bruised and battered, unrecognizable to yourself.
The crowd jumps out of it seats, screaming your name in the nose bleed section. It seems all over for you, but you’re not done.
Not by a long shot.
With a never-say-die attitude, you get up and battle through the downs in order to rise above what knocked you down.
This is the essence of a comeback: the grit and determination to turn second best into a second chance at being Number 1 so as to leave the crowd chanting: “Ali! Ali! Ali!”
Everybody loves a comeback. That’s why when Kwivuga Poetry Session returned a few months ago, after a 4 year hiatus, people were understandably exuberant and expectant.
Would it be as good as it used to be, people wondered.
This wonderment lend curiosity value to Kwivuga’s Second Coming and ensured the show the hit the ground running first at “The Factory” in Industrial Area, and then at “Zone 7” in Mbuya. Kwivuga was back, but this time it came back even bigger.
Kwivuga was created by Nunu Umuringa Butare, a cream-coffee beauty with balls bigger than Stella Nyanzi’s boob eruption in court.
Exiled to a hermetic world away from poetry, her first love, Nunu used her aesthetic vision to insert an unconventional fashion sense into a fashion scene fast becoming a cookie-cutter representation of uniformity.
With outlandish dresses accented by midnight blue shadow on her eyelids on some days while her fine looks were punctuated by black-colored pillowy lips on others, she was something of a novelty.
However, although blazing a trail on the catwalk with her unique fashion ideas, she was restless and seemingly adrift in a world she could not call home.
She needed to be around the weirdos, crazies, misfits, eccentrics, creatives and Dude, Where’s My Car? Juice-heads who populate the world of poetry. So Kwivuga served not only as a response to her heart’s desire, but also as a refuge to a restless and rootless nature.
With cerebral comedian Daniel Omara as MC, Kwivuga poets are given a wide berth to turn everything they touch into poetry.
Unlike the Kwivuga of old, ear-friendly poetry is the mainstay of every performance while award-winning musicians, dancers enslaved to the rhythm, Roof’s-on-fire DJs and the best of the best comedians serve as a talent-studded supporting cast.
And there’s little wonder as to the Session’s popularity among revelers: it shapes a connecting thread between a manic week and a restful weekend by being held on the last Thursday of every month.
Kwivuga maybe the Comeback Kid of Ugandan poetry, but the way people have flocked to it you’d think it never left.