All The Showstopping Performances From EAGT’s 2nd Episode
The hype, the extravagance and the exhilarating cheers of the crowds from the first episode of East Africa’s Got Talent (EAGT) was spectacular - it built up anticipation that was sufficiently quenched by the talent that was displayed.
With the same ebullience, the sequel aired on Citizen TV the following Sunday raising and setting the bar even higher with a wider range of acts and heart-stopping performances.
The first act was by a Dance crew, Kimya Kimya, from Nairobi Kenya. They oozed confidence and wowed the crowd with their hip-hop routine and flipping that had Host Kansiime Anne yelling for insurance. The judges were drawn into the excitement if their comments were anything to go by. Needless to say, they left the stage with the four yesses in their hands.
The second act was from Mark Angachi, a self-taught singer from Mombasa. He won the crowd before he even walked onto the stage with his back-story. Though he has cataracts, he has survived Acute Leukemia after Chemotherapy, and with astonishing odds.
His performance brought the house down and elicited a confession from Vanessa Mdee who opened up about being clinically blind in one eye. He performed a country song, Tenessee Whiskey, which Jeff, an ardent country music fan appreciated.
He too got four yesses.
It was not an all-Kenyan affair, however, with the third performance coming from Sonda ya Dhiru, an acapella group representing Tanzania. The dapper group of seven guys showed up in crispy white shirts and grey trousers and coloured suspenders.
Their acapella performance earned them flour yesses. Vanessa Mdee asked for Mr. Baritone, one of the members, to say something to the ladies, eliciting frenzied chants from the crowd.
Elvis Chilabo, a 7-year-old drummer from Kampala Uganda slow, but soon, the energy from the drummers and the audience rose to meet in the middle, and when he stopped, the crowd was on their feet. He got the four yesses.
Warriors and Acrobats from Mombasa, Kenya was the next group.
Sadiki, also known as sub-zero, from Tanzania, then performed an act on balancing sticks, something that he has been doing for five years.
The soulful music at the back complemented the suave, but risky movements. He made it through.
The next performance was all about a show of might, coming from Jike Jeuri, aka Power black Nyati aka Kiboko ya Wanaume.
Her first act involved lying on the ground, placing a wooden board on her stomach and having a motorbike run over her. Some people nearly fled the auditorium.
Her next act was more comical. She dared Gaetano to push her hand to the ground for 20 dollars, something that he couldn't do even after hanging on as if his life depended on it.
Jugglers from Rwanda came in next. With flips, dance moves and props, they wowed the crowd as they worked their magic
They made juggling look effortless, but it was not enough to impress Gaetano, who gave them a No. They got three yesses, however.
The capping act of the night, without a doubt, was the Ugandan duo Esther (14) and Ezekiel (11). They sang Alexandra Burke's version of Hallelujah, wowing the crowd with the magic in their voices. There was a surprise when Gaetano stopped them in the middle and asked them to sing individually.
I am yet to recover from the high notes that seeped out of the powerful lungs.
They got four yesses.
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