Afrigo Rolls Blankets Out and Pours Wine

The 6th edition of Blankets and Wine took place on Sunday afternoon at the Uganda Museum gardens.

Unlike previous editions headlined by foreign artistes including Liquideep (South Africa), Mad Traxx (Kenya) Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe)and Kidum (Burundi). This one was an all-Ugandan affair. Novell band, Irene Ntale and Afrigo band made the list.

The Tusker Malt Lager-sponsored event not only triumphed on the awesome lineup, but on the weather too. On others occasions, the rains have disrupted the picnic setting that the event is all about. Irene performed Katambaala alongside Ray Signature, who is also credited for penning her monster hit Gyobeera, which she performed last.

Looks like she was in the mood for reggae versions of her songs the reggae version of Politiqx was worth the listen. One lucky reveller won a Samsung Galaxy Tab courtesy of Tusker Malt, while others had a chance to quench their thirst for free.

A little after 7pm, Uganda’s oldest band, Afrigo, came on stage. The blankets, mats, umbrellas and chairs were put away to dance to Afrigo’s timeless hits. Rude Boy Devo set the ball rolling with A Man Is Just a Man (Garnett Silk), Just Friends and Diana (Philly Lutaaya) before Joanita Kawalya rocked the audience with Jim.

Moses Matovu’s Maria got the crowd pairing up and turning the gardens into one big dance floor. Then Afrigo Batuuse and Sikulimba, one of the band’s popular songs in today’s urban clubs, took the ‘madness’ to another level. But the audience could not let the band take a bow.

“One more! One more!” they screamed.

Their plea was answered by the band rolling out Amazzi g’Ennyama, another timeless classic. House Of Deejays’ DJ Bank Robber brought an end to the day’s events with his mix of afro-urban music.

Source : The Observer

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