Why South African Artistes Have Dominated Blankets And Wine Event

Blankets and Wine is one of the trending day and night events that has for the past 12 editions been gathering party animals, socialites, artistes and of course the media in Kampala. To those who don’t know what it is, Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of Afro-based music.

Well, since it’s about music, the organisers always fly in an international artiste(s), who alongside chosen local artistes perform to the revellers who storm the venue by mid day with their wines, family and friends ready to party. If for the recent editions you have been attending, it has been headlined by South African acts.

Just like you, we were also wondering – why not other countries? But Chano8 always gets you the answers. At the 10th edition, South African songstress Zahara wowed the fans and the 12th edition was equally interesting with Uhuru, a band of four talented men also from Madiba land performing.


South Africa’s Zahara (centre) performing at the 10th edition of Blankets and Wine

“It’s not a conscious decision to work with South African artistes really. There is so much that goes into picking an act. But the main two are that we aim to bring acts that our audiences have not experienced before in Uganda and these acts have to be available on the event dates, South African acts  seem to fit the criteria lately.” Afsa Umutesi from House of Dj’s who are the main organisers of this event told Chano8 when we contacted her for a comment.


Uhuru from South Africa performing at the 12th edition of Blankets and Wine

Well, all is set for the 13th edition and come Sunday the 10th of July, all roads lead to Uganda Museum where it is expected to take place with Micasa a band of three men again from South Africa, being the main headliners. Mi Casa is a house band based in Johannesburg, South Africa and consisting of 3 members. Dr. Dude (producer) and pianist, J’Something (vocalist and guitarist), Mo-T (trumpeter).

The band known for its hit song “These Streets”, was formed in early 2011 in Johannesburg as a result of some kind of lucky coincidence when the three members met at a night lounge and decided to perform together and a few months later they released an album titled ‘Micasa Music’. Like they say, they rest is history.

That album became popular in a few months and even went gold winning several awards at the 18th Annual MTN South Africa Music Awards in 2012.The band’s other popular songs include, “Heavenly sent” and ”La Vida”

Our local artistes like surprise act from Kirya Kuti a Ugandan saxophonist based in South Africa will also showcase alongside Jackie Akello, Davis Ntare and MoRoots.



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