The eighth edition of ‘Blankets and Wine’ took place last Sunday afternoon at the Uganda Museum gardens.
The quarterly event has undoubtedly cemented its top position on Kampala’s social scene. An event organiser is only as good as hisher last show so, it goes without saying that Tusker Malt Lager, the biggest sponsors and the rest including Coca-Cola, have a good thing going.
The picnic setup has come to be known to collect the so-called middle-class willing to spend what others think is too much, to lounge on the grass and bang kaboozi over bottles of beer and wine. The atmosphere, the best afro-inspired playlist by the DJs and the artistes on the main stage, was worth the Shs 75,000 each patron paid at the gate, and more.
In fact this edition attracted the biggest number of attendees, yet. The fact that one of Africa’s biggest bands, Freshly Ground, was the headline act played a big role in attracting the crowds. Before they came on stage, Ekky, Michael Kitanda and Mun*G warmed up the crowd.
The lugaflow rapper Mun*G had no business there, especially coming on after Ekky who had charmed the crowd with her sweet voice and mature lyrics. She performed songs including Nzijukira, Nsaasira and Breaking Free accompanied by Siima Sabiiti’s flute, off her upcoming album African Love Story.
When Mun*G came on, it was like he was disturbing the peace. Performing for teenagers has messed him up it is almost rude to be more excited than one’s audience. The main act came on after Kitanda kept the crowd on their feet for more than two hours with the lead singer Zolan Mahola’s captivating voice, supported by the other members.
On top of playing instruments and providing back-up vocals, they all took part in the dance routines apart from the drummer. As expected, the crowd could not have enough of Doo Be Doo off their 2004 album, Nomvula.
The other attraction of the day was how showgoers pulled out their Sunday best this time. It is like everyone had stepped out to make a fashion statement. The main action ended around 8pm with Jose Chameleone performing Wale Wale, to promote his upcoming concert.
Source : The Observer