We Will Not Be Performing in Uganda – UB40

Legendary British band UB40 has officially distanced itself from an upcoming concert named “UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell,” scheduled for December 21, 2023, at Kampala’s Kololo Airstrip.

In a statement released on the band’s official website on 23rd, October, UB40 clarified that the claims of their return for a second and final performance in Uganda are untrue. They expressed a hope to revisit Uganda in the future.

The band made it clear that the former vocalist, Ali Campbell, who departed from UB40 over 15 years ago (in 2008), is the one scheduled to perform in Uganda. However, he is promoting the event under the name “UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell,” suggesting the involvement of the original band.

The statement from UB40 emphasized that there are no actual UB40 members in Ali Campbell’s backing group, and none of his band members have ever performed with UB40 or contributed to a UB40 record.

UB40’s concert in Uganda fifteen years ago was a historic event that attracted thousands of revelers at Lugogo Cricket Oval, described as one of the biggest concerts in the country’s history.

This publication has learned that four out of the five surviving founding members of UB40, namely Robin Campbell, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer, and Norman Hassan, have been actively touring and releasing albums worldwide despite Ali Campbell’s departure.

UB40 has an impressive track record, with over 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart and notable international success.

READ FULL STATEMENT HERE: Clarification on ‘UB40’ tour in Uganda (2023/24)

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Mimi Nina Lakhani
Mimi Nina Lakhani
I'm Nina, a Kenyan-born Tanzanian. I write about politics, business, investment, oil and gas, and climate. Reporting from Nairobi, Kenya. Daily News Tanzania (Tanzania) | Tuko (Kenya) | Eye Radio (South Sudan) | The Black Examiner (Uganda)