Let me tell you a story. When I was a young wart hoooooooog. (When he was a young wart hoooooog) I used to hit the club every weekend.
I may need to explain this unfamiliar term to the ducklings who just joined us this decade, by the way. Dear Future Leaders, in the 00s there was a thing called a “night club”. It was like Kenjis, Monot, Alchemist et cetera, except that the whole thing was indoors and you had to pay to get in. Yes. Pay to get in.
In spite of this, people still went there.
Hold onto your recently-achieved adult britches, Zoomers, panic is premature at this point because, you see, it gets worse.
You could pay to enter the club, but the interior was demarcated into levels, each with a more flamboyant amount of decor than the previous, and to gain access to the fancier parts you would have to get a ticket that came at a higher price.
In other words, you paid to enter and paid more to enter more. And then more to enter even more. Now you may say “WTF” and gasp in shock.
We had Club silk at first: a dark room whose air would be flooded with the music of Timbaland and the Neptunes. If memory serves me correctly and it probably doesn’t, there was Silk Royale next, raised above that floor and through which the music of Britney Spears and Nsync would swirl.
Then came Silk Oxycotin, or Silk Opulence or Silk Furthermore– I can’t recall the name now. Probably couldn’t recall it then either, due to these factors: I didn’t like it. Actually, that’s the only factor.
It was the sounds of 90s house music like Tenchotronic, Snap, or worse, Abba and the Bee Gees that submerged you there.
Clever kids have done the maths and calculated the fiscal policy as such: what you paid depended on what type of music you wanted to dance to.
But, Generation Z, with your ripped jeans whose jagged edges injure one another as you raunchily rubadub your peers at Kenjies, you are wrong.
The choice of Club Silk, Silk Royale or Silk Ostentation was not made basing on anything as merely rational as that.
The choice was actually made according to how wealthy you wanted to seem. You always picked the most expensive entry fee you could afford.
Silk Overpriced had a tiny dance area allowed but most of the space was taken by sofas. Partially, of course, because of how boring Abba, Dr Alban and that house music version of Another Day In Paradise were, not to mention the stultifying dullness of the so-called “Kool” and his gang. But also because it was not made for partying– it was probably the area where the blessers would sit and wait for their toyboys and sugar babies to work up enough endorphins for the cross-generational sex that would conclude the deal this whole night was a part of.
Silk Royale was where I would go. If the other one was for the blessers, this was for the ballers, the ones who waste money showing off by paying to climb stairs. This, wasting money, remains, to this day, the defining difference between having money and having kko some kamoney.
I had kko some kamoney because I was another thing you won’t believe existed in the 00s– a well-paid media worker.
I was a “society reporter” or “entertainment journalist”. We were the precursors to the dipshit slimeball muckracking scumbags that man those bu-tabloid websites, clawing at their spittle-encrusted keyboards in fits of frenzied, over-marijuanated envy, misspelling fabrications as shallow and unimaginative as they are mean-spirited and cheap.
I know that seems personal and harsh. And yes, I do have a tiny little bone to pick. Last year I had a spat with a rude askari at a mall, stormed out in a hiff, tweeted about it, one of their idiots saw it, scratched at its keyboard in a fashion so vulgar it would have done better work on a ballsack and now an article on their website says mbu I had horn-rimmed glasses.
We were actually journalists, though, and would be paid to go to Silk Royale to write about Obsessions doing a floor show, or Ragga Dee dropping his latest song, or Michael Ross being the super-talented phenomenon Michael Ross was then, and in my eyes, still is. Even Ginuwine will allow.
The DJ was, unfortunately, racist, and assumed all ballers had bad taste in music, which is why he only played boy bands, Mambo Number 5, Eyimacarena, and whatever it was that Peter Andre whined about. They say find a job doing something you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life?
If you love pop music and find a job going to dance halls you will work dreadry and drudgery-wraught nights.
So my three peers and I would stick through the crap music until the event we came to write about was done, then, finally, the four Guinnesses pulsing through my arteries would wake the true Ugandan in me. My kagoma gene would stir to wakefulness. The call of the drum would prick my African soul and my knees would say, “Young man, you need to make the most of us while you still can. Let us go downstairs to Club Silk, now! The DJ is playing My Love Is Your Love by Whitney Houston and Wyclef Jean!”
Aate was I going to argue against such?
So I ditched the ballers and ran downstairs to where the poor kids dance and sure enough, the DJ was playing My Love is Your Love.
Youth. Kids. Generation Z. Baana mwe. If you have not heard My Love Is Your Love By Whitney Houston and Wyclef, please, tell Siri to play it now. I assume you have good bluetooth earbuds– don’t play it on the phone speaker.
Clap your hands y’all, alright,” said Whitney.
I clapped both.
“Clap your hands y’all, alright,” she reiterated.
I repeated compliantly. And that groove hit the spot and soon me and this girl in a purple dress were getting down.
Youth. Kids. Generation Z. Baana mwe. Never dance with another person under any of the following circumstances:
- Four Guinnesses on an empty stomach in an era before the popularisation of the rolex
- One of you is wearing purple, and
- Whitney ‘langside Clef are booming My Love Is Your Love.
You will fall in the most stupid love that has ever been plummeted headlong into. Even the Chitauri who fell when Iron Man closed the portal will look at you with pity as you plunge to such a doom.
After Whitney has said “It will take an eternity to break us and the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us,” as her closing statement, you will ask Purple Dress Girl for her name and number and she will lie to you.
She said her name was Patience Kyomugisha and when I called after the traditionally mandated day and a half, the phone was answered by one Hajji Mulumba who runs a hardware business in Jinja and has never worn a purple dress, much less worn it at Club Silk.
I don’t go clubbing these days. No one does, apparently. You go “out” I’m told. I don’t go “out” but there was a time I drove past Nexus and I think I heard Ed Shearan claim that the club is the best place to find a lover. We need to find a way to stem the spread of harmful misinformation in this day and age.
Now, you guys met me when I was more mature and better presented. I had developed the sense to keep a regular haircut and I chose deodorant on the basis of quality, not the basis of just fwaa. I had become charming, good looking and was kind of famous to boot. When you began reading Bad Idea I was a snack.
But back then, I was a mess. The lousist aspects of being a lousy 23-year-old scrub were evident all up and down my scrawny, unkempt frame. So I don’t nenya Purple Dress Chick for taking advantage of my groovy dance moves for My Love Is Your Love and then running away from me, leaving me nothing but a litter of lies.
Hey, Purple Dress Girl, if you are out there reading this, I hope you are happy and have a great life. I hope you found a great partner and that your love is their love and their love is your love and it would take an eternity to break you. I hope you have a rewarding career and nice kids. I hope you still look astounding in purple.
No, don’t holla after reading this. I’m not interested anymore. I’m just saying if you are reading this, call Hajji Mulumba and explain, please.