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Massive Turn Up At Blankets And Wine 14 Despite Heavy Rain

Photos by Habre Muriisa

The heavy rain that started as soon as the first performer Giovani Kiyingi, took to the stage to perform at the 14th edition of Blankets and Wine brought to you by House of djs and sponsored by Tusker, Rwanda Air , Capital FM, DSTV among others did not stop revellers from watching him or hinder more from coming in big numbers for the event that took place at a new venue Lugogo Cricket Oval-Kampala.

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Some of the revellers pausing with our cut out at our tent at Blankets and Wine yesterday

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It rained heavily but the revellers still came through

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Some of the revellers marching in at Lugogo Cricket Oval

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Yesterday, hundreds spent their Sunday well as they watched Giovani perform his songs like ‘Joy of An African’, ‘Nkwesunga’ among others. After the rain stopped, the next performer was gospel singer Levixone who took the stage with energy.

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Multi-instrumentalist Giovani Kiyingi was the first to perform after the DJ mixes

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Levixone performed songs like ‘Ina Di Jungle’, ‘Ani’, ‘Edobozi’, ‘Samanya’ alongside Jackie Akello and later was joined by his sister Jovia with whom they sang his ‘Chosen’ song and later concluded his performance singing his ‘God Is Good’ collabo with Ray Signature and later did Sinach’s famous ‘I Know Who I Am’ with Naava Grey.

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Gospel singer Levixone put up a good performance

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Levixone pausing with our cut out after his performance

After every music performance, Deedan the official MC of the event did not let the revellers get bored but invited Djs like Bank Robber and Selector Jay who played the music to keep them warmed up as she cracked jokes.The next round of music entertainment was from Qwela Band. Led by their lead singer Joe Kahiri, they took  the attendees on a trip of serious music performances and also showcased their skills in playing the guitar, Saxophones and drums.

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Qwela Band’s MoRoots and Joe Kahiri performing

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The official MC Deedan was simply flawless

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Some of the revellers dancing it off

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MoRoots (1st left) of Qwela Band and the other menbers on the drums

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Qwela band were later joined by The Mith, Ruyonga and Lilian Mbabazi with whom they performed their song ‘Ndakwikundira’ concluding their performance and left the stage for another headlining performer Dj Saint Evo who threw the crowd into frenzy with his Equatorial house Dj mixes.

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Lilian Mbabazi, Ruyonga (in a red pants) and The Mith (right) join Qwela band on stage

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All the way from Kenya, Dj Saint Evo (Left) made the crowd dance to his Equatorial House mixes

At exactly 9:33 PM the main headliners Mafikizolo all the way from South Africa took the stage. In just a few second’s time, majority of the revellers were seen crowding near the stage with phones ready to record videos of the ‘Khona’ hit makers.

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Mafikizolo’s Theo Kgosinkwe showing off his dancing abilities

Pulling every kind of dance moves, the revellers enjoyed Mafikizolo’s performance as they performed ‘Ndihamba Nawe’, ‘Udakwa Njalo’ before they gave room for one of the singers in their entourage to sing Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘See You Again’ by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifah which made the ladies scream.

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The crowd got crazier when they performed the fans’ favourite hit ‘Khona’ that really got everyone dancing. They urged Ugandans to be very proud of being Africans and support African music at that. One of the most exciting things on their performance was how their dancers were pulling the eye catching dance moves.

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Mafikizolo put up a remarkable performance

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The Mafikizolo queen dancers were energetic

Mafikizolo’s Nhlanhla Nciza

All in all, the 14th edition of Blankets and Wine was a success and in the celebrities who were in attendance was comedian Salvado, Jose Chameleone, Iryn Namubiru, Hellen Lukoma, Jack Pemba and wife Sheba Kasami, Mun G among many others.

More pictures (Full pictorial for tomorrow)

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Mun G (in black) was in attendance too

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