South African Shekhinah, King Saha Shine At 22nd Edition Of Blankets And Wine As Youngsters Impress

Ugandans have now fully grown into appreciating live music and have also spread out their appetite for music into different genres some unheard of in the recent past like house and electronic music. With the new budding talent, the future however looks bright.

This change of taste or should I call it maturity, can be partly credited for the consistently big crowds seen at the picnic-themed musical festivals like Blankets And Wine which held its 22nd edition yesterday at Lugogo Cricket Oval..

The big and consistent numbers attributed to the wider appreciation of variety of genres has also given birth to fresh and unique talent mushrooming across the country which was also evident last night.

New faces or rather voices like 1Der JR of the ‘Tebatusobola’ fame, the beautiful and smooth riding Lamu and the very talented Martha Mukisa did not disappoint as they showcased their ability while exuding some fresh air of entertainment with their unique styles.

Lamu was one of the youngsters who impressed yesterday.


The early birds catching up at Lugogo Cricket Oval as the youngsters take to the stage.    

With this particular edition powered by Tusker Malt focusing mainly on EDM, Tribal, house and electronic music, a lot of new items were on the menu for the revelers though in the end Afro-pop and soul fusion ruled. DJs Fya Leboof and Kasbaby were kept busy spinning the magic from these exotic brands of sound.

Former Afrigo Band member and bassist Sammy Kasule though provided the interval with his classical music and old school style which was the breather as his slow rhythms gave a chance to many of the now charged revellers to catch their breath. He sang songs as old as 1980 which most millennials could not comprehend although he managed to up the tempo with familiar ones like ‘Ekitobero’ and ‘Shauri Yako’.

South African sensation Shekhinah too got a massive reception and wild cheers as she stepped on stage with her ever-rising-tempo style music which surprisingly seemly to be known and loved by many in the crowd. Her songs like ‘On it’, ‘Different’, ‘Let you know’ and ‘Please Mr’ were some of the songs that got loud cheers.

The usual hosts Miss Deedan and Shaquib tried their best to keep the crowd lively and engaged as DJ Crim made a surprise appearance alongside Mun G and the unknown Viper Ranking which ended with the trio premiering their new music video.

Mun G and Viper performing before premiering their new video which also features DJ Crim.

Hosts Miss Deedan and Shaqib keeping the crowd engaged throughout.

The last act on the night was King Saha although not a big presence on stage, has the big hits to move the crowd and indeed he did not waste too much time and went straight to business as he kicked off with ‘Mulilwana’ and ‘Gundezze’ the two hits that gave him stardom.

King Saha pumps up the crowd during his session

By the time he embarked on the latest hits ‘Mpa Love’, ‘Very Wello’ and ‘Biri Biri’, the animated crowd was already on its feet singing and dancing along. Backed by the talented guitarist Myco Ouma, Saxophonist Joseph Sax and Vocalist Emma Dragu, Saha was relentless while at it. He then concluded at 10:20pm  with his new song ‘Hullo Hullo’ which is already also doing well on the airwaves and got a positive reception too before DJ Kasbaby took over till late in the night.

The revellers dance the night away as DJ Kasbaby takes on the wheels of steel.

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