The 15th edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala lived up to its billing as it had been promised. The event that took place on Sunday at the Lugogo Cricket Oval has absolutely cemented itself as the must attend event on Uganda’s social calendar.
From the lineup of artistes, the festivities, the guest list, to the fashion sense; everything seems to naturally fall in place. Multi-instrumentalist Giovanni Kiyingi, The Mith, Jemimah Sanyu, DJ Naselow and Alikiba from Tanzania were the headline acts.
Prior to the event, Alex Tusingwire, the Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager and its partners House of Deejays, were coming together to give consumers a refreshing, fun-filled end of year experience.
“This time as is the norm, we have a vastly talented artiste line up performing. Simply put, it is a unique cocktail of musical genres; with a perfect blend of fresh afro-fusion and familiar world music. These acts will give us a perfect ending to the year,” he said.
On a bright Sunday afternoon on December 18, 2016, the Kololo Cricket Oval was the place to be. By midday, queues were already building up as revelers, with their picnic bags in tow made their way to the venue.
The performances were kicked off by Jemimah Sanyu who sang many of her songs off her ‘Amaaso go googera’ album.
Not only did Giovanni Kiyingi impress with the smooth sounds from his many instruments, he also showed vocal prowess. He sang some of the songs from his latest album as well as some from his highly anticipated album. By the time Hip hop artist, The Mith took to the stage, the crowd was on their feet. The rapper made his performance interactive as his band backed him up.
The day’s deejays, FEM DJ who kept the crowd entertained and dancing in between acts, and DJ Naselow who kept them dancing even after Alikiba’s performance were a thrilling addition to the lineup.
The headlining act, “Alikiba” famous for his songs like; “Mwana” “Aje” “Chekecha cheketua” showed just how much afro music is loved.
When he finally kicked off his performance, it was a case of ‘who could jump highest, who would bend lowest and who would shake best.’ The artist who also loves to dance, played songs like “Cinderella”, “Nakshi Nakshi” “Usiniseme” “Dushelele” “Single Boy” which brought out some insane dance strokes from revelers.
“This year we wanted to bring in a new musical experience to the Blankets and Wine event. Alikiba, whose is loved and danced to, is dominating international airwaves, was the perfect choice. For Tusker Malt Lager, this is our way of showing our appreciation to our consumers by giving them the best.” said Alex Tusingwire Tusker Malt Lager’s Brand Manager.
A quarterly, picnic style music festival, Blankets and Wine is proudly sponsored by Tusker Malt Lager alongside other partners. Tusker Malt Lager is 100% Malt and 100% African and aims at giving consumers a premium experience by showcasing our very own African Talent and LIVE performances by a wide array of artists.
In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.