Good Weather, Music, Favour Picnic Fete

The seventh edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala took place over the weekend at the Uganda museum gardens.

The quarterly event has officially taken its spot on the social calendar. That is the only way to explain the big turnout given that the last event took place in July and this one did not even have that much media hype. By 1pm, the numbers were worryingly low but as the afternoon progressed, people started pouring in for the Tusker Malt Lager-sponsored, Shs [60,000] per head event. The aance tickets were at Shs 40,000.

The event was headlined by Kenya’s Just A Band, but that was not the main catch clearly patrons now come to meet and catch up with buddies in the family picnic setting. The event is by far the best collection of this city’s beautiful people all in one place. More than ever, revellers came with their kids so, the bouncing castle and the face painters were kept busy as the adults downed bottles of wine and beers.

There was a Tusker VIP tent where the food and beer was flowing free of charge for those who were lucky enough to access it. DJ Bank Robber kept the crowd in high spirits with the mix of the latest Afro-fusion tunes. On the main stage, Uganda-based Congolese guitar maestro Charmant Mushaga showcased his skill on the guitar before making way for Brian Mugenyi who performed Baraka and Ntambula Nga Sitya.

He invited Myko Ouma for a collabo on Smile and Kuku (by Goodlyfe) before winding up his set with Kamungolo. Freestyle king, Ruyonga took over backed up by a band and Power FM’s DJ Twonjex. He performed his popular songs and the highlight was the freestyle rhyming on some of Africa’s chart busters such as Khona and Personally. Just A Band came on stage towards 7pm and performed some songs like Twende Kazi, Hey!, and their 2010 release, Ha-He.

Radio City presenter Dedan stamped her mark on the crowd and whoever wants to try being the event’s MC needs to brace for the high standard she has set. Roke Telkom provided free wireless internet so the action was trending on social media. The final event this year is scheduled for December.

Source : The Observer

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