British-Nigerian singer Maleek Berry made sure the last edition of this year’s Blankets And Wine went down memory lane as one never to forget as he charmed the ladies in an emphatic performance. Organisers had saved their best for last as yesterday’s was the 21st edition and the last for 2018 and it seems the fans equally saved their best moods for the last.
The fans thronged Lugogo Cricket Oval in their thousands as they tried to outdo each other in the fashion departments as well with floral prints and African fabric dominating the designs won with large hats and the darkest of shades. As usual, the slay queens were at the forefront of all the eye-catching action off stage.
With some events making headlines for the wrong reasons after flopping terribly this weekend, all eyes were on Blankets And Wine but for the Nay Sayers, it was a disappointment as the turn up was massive and the crowd also looked charged up for the event with a party mood written all over their faces and body languages.
They streamed in small groups some friends, some families and other colleagues as they carried their baskets of bites, mats, blankets and of course bottles of wine for the picnic-style party.
British-Nigerian star Maleek Berry was charged with the responsibility of climaxing the party as the headlining act, and the record producer and artiste did not disappoint as he went ahead to present Ugandan Afro-beat music fans with the perfect Christmas gift.
However, before he could do that, the stage was warmed up for him by Farouk Farouk, Mr Mankwa, Tamba and our very own songstress Irene Ntale fresh from a long holiday break abroad.
By 8:10pm, the stage was already set as DJs Roja, Slick Stuart and Naselow left the stage for Maleek’s team and the main man stepped on stage to a rapturous welcome from the crowd that was on its feet by this time and with the ladies cheering him on, the Nigerian took them straight to a journey of Afro-pop music West African style.
He performed songs like like ‘Nuh let Go’, ‘Gimme life’, ‘Kontro’l, ‘Been Calling’ , ‘The Matter’ and many other collaborations he did with artistes like Wizkid, Davido, Wale, Fuse ODG, Runtown and Iyanya among others.
Main sponsors Tusker Malt Larger kept the beers flowing in their tents while other partner companies like Johnnie Walker and UG Pineapple also set up beautiful tents with breathtaking décor to host their clients and staff.
“We are proud that for another year we were part of an event that is undeniably the most popular get-together for friends. This edition was even more special because it kicked off the party this festive season and there is no better way to party than with Tusker Malt and authentic African music,” said Cathy Twesigye, UBL Brand Manager, Premium Beers.