Poor Sheebah Should Bring An Ice Cream Truck To Kololo Airstrip, To Sell Ice Cream Because She’s Definitely Going To Lose!!

A number of things are riding on the back of the upcoming battle between artists Sheebah Karungi and Cindy Sanyu, that an ice cream truck would barely be felt. Nokia, Apple, Karma Music, Karungi’s new song ‘Tosobola‘, and the return of the Queen Karma boat cruise, among others.

These are some of the brands that are riding the battle wave and it is only fair that ice cream is added. But it also goes deeper than just enjoying the beverage.

When I first saw the ‘Yolo Festival‘ posters, the first thing that came to my mind was “I hope there’s ice cream” and I asked under Karungi’s post whether it could be arranged.

I hadn’t even thought about how fitting an Ice cream truck is at the festival tens years after Karungi’s track ‘Ice Cream‘ was released.

It feels like ages since I envisioned getting into a sugar coma at the festival because one day it all changed and now there’s the saltiness and emotional exertion of a feud. It also feels painfully similar to being a child and having your ice cream taken away only to be given a healthy plate of vegetables.

Well then, since this battle has forced us away from the jolly festival into war, here’s a “healthy” plate of war opinion.

There’s no competition between Karungi and Sanyu. It all feels made up and out of the blue, badly made up in fact. The King Herself enjoys her Boom Party enough without ever crossing into Queen Karma’s Yolo vibe. Karungi’s fan-concocted feud with singer Spice Diana was more believable than this.

It brings to mind an image of Blu3 in competition with Obsessions, and the only way that makes sense is if, at the end of the competition, the two merge for an epic performance of ‘Sanyu Lyange‘ and ‘Jangu‘.

A few days ago, Karungi recommended the book, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoffrey Colvin saying it changed her trajectory in the music industry.

This stirred the conversation around how talented each artist is.

Now, I’m no literary critic but something about that title is simply not right. In fact, that title and perhaps the book, tells me that talent is only overrated by talentless bitter people with maniacal levels of ambition.

Perhaps the problem lies in defining talent.

I have seen people who have led me to believe that laughing is a talent. Not making people laugh, but the act of laughing itself. Maybe my standards for talent are low but I don’t see how that is a problem. This is why I don’t understand how two artists who are talented differently in expressing themselves are battling.

But you know what would give me, us, some comfort in this mess? Watching the two go against each other as we eat some ice cream in the crowd. Because that would mean that ‘oh, it’s just artistic sizing-up’ and seeing other people eating their ice cream would mean that it’s not that serious.

At the end of the battle, Karungi goes back to being Queen Karma and Sanyu goes back to her family and being the King Herself, I don’t want to go home bickering over who of my favourite artists ‘lost’. I would like to go home eating ice cream with my friends and fellow fans.


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