I know I said that this post was meant to go up last week well… life happened. Sorry to have kept you waiting, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. You can read part 1 of this post here.

Ok, now back to business. Sunday’s line up was AntoNeosoul (Kenya), Harry Kimani(Kenya), The Villagers Band (Kenya) and Mafikizolo (South Africa).

The previous day I left the concert at around 2am as the last 2 performances had lasted well into the night. Come Sunday morning there was no way I was going to make it to Carnivore on time. Once again the event was to start at 2pm. This time I was not worried about getting a spot in the shade because a friend had gone ahead and secured one.

The first act on stage was Antoneosoul, missed most of his performance.

Blankets&Wine 50_Crowd1 Antoneosoul

Next on stage was Harry Kimani. Kimani’s musical style has been described as “African soul with a little bit of rumba and R&B.

Blankets&Wine 50_Harry Kimani 1

 

Blankets&Wine 50_Harry Kimani 2

 

Blankets&Wine 50_Harry Kimani 3 Harry Kimani performing

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Blankets&Wine 50_CrowdPart of the crowd

After Harry came The Villagers Band, if you have not seen them performing live then you are definitely missing out. Their energy on stage is crazy, Chris Adwar, the lead singer refers to the type of music they do as Begenge.

Blankets&Wine 50_The Villagers Band1

 

Blankets&Wine 50_The Villagers Band2

 

Blankets&Wine 50_The Villagers Band3

 

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Blankets&Wine 50_The Villagers Band5 The villagers band

There was a surprise appearance by Karun and Kato Change who did a wonderful rendition of the national anthem as a tribute to the victims of the Westgate attack.

Blankets&Wine 50_Karun&Kato Karun and Cato Change performing a rendition of the Kenyan national anthem.

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I can bet the majority of the crowd had attended the event because of the last act on stage – Mafikizolo. The members of this group are Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza. The of music this group makes is called South African genre known as kwaito.

Sample Mafikizolo Playlist. (Excuse the quality)

Everyone was pretty much ready to sing along to Mafikizolo’s Khona despite Khona being pretty much the only word they know in the chorus.

Blankets&Wine 50_Mafikizolo TheoTheo Kgosinkwe

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Blankets&Wine 50_Mafikizolo NhlanhlaNhlanhla Nciza

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Khona Video

The crowd was so pumped up that Mafikizolo performed Khona twice. Another song poplular with the crowd was ‘Nakupenda’ which is Swahili for ‘I love you’

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Blankets&Wine 50_Mafikizolo1Mafikizolo performing ‘Nakupenda’

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Nhanhla and Theo were joined on stage by their dances who definitely kept us entertained throughout.

Blankets&Wine 50_Mafikizolo dancer1

 

Blankets&Wine 50_Mafikizolo dancer2

 

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16 Comments

  1. January 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm — Reply

    Great pictures 🙂

  2. January 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm — Reply

    Great captures, that’s not easy for evening shots….it looks like a fun event and the music must have been rockin!

  3. January 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm — Reply

    just amazing photos; thanks for sharing; have a nice Tuesday

    much love…

  4. January 14, 2014 at 5:55 pm — Reply

    You’ve captured this really well, looks like a lot of fun!

  5. January 14, 2014 at 11:29 pm — Reply

    Nice selection of shots. Looks great!

  6. January 14, 2014 at 11:32 pm — Reply

    So much energy and great photos.

  7. January 15, 2014 at 12:17 am — Reply

    Hi Rachel, this event looks fun and incredible. I can’t believe you have it every month! Great photos. You captured the performances and the audience very well.

  8. Manesha
    January 15, 2014 at 12:23 am — Reply

    Missed out the time,next time will get a nanny 🙂

  9. January 15, 2014 at 3:58 am — Reply

    That looks and sounds like a lot of fun. I’m a big fan of live outdoor concerts. The last one I took part in was Robbie William’s performance in Brussels. Epic time and unforgettable experience!

  10. January 15, 2014 at 6:33 am — Reply

    Looks like an amazing event, and you’ve got some great shots. Smokin’ hot 🙂

  11. keniamoja
    January 15, 2014 at 7:16 am — Reply

    Nice selection of shots.
    I have also listened to the Mafikizolo playlist and these guys have great music. Pity I had not heard about them.

  12. January 15, 2014 at 8:05 am — Reply

    Looks like quite a fun celebration, Rachel.
    Happy 50th Anniversary Kenya!

  13. January 17, 2014 at 10:49 pm — Reply

    Both of these posts have made me really curious about African pop music. And I really like Nhlanhla Nciza’s dress – seems like she has a lot of style!

  14. January 18, 2014 at 9:29 am — Reply

    This looks fun and I can almost feel the energy of this whole concert. What a celebration! Beautiful captures, Rachel.

  15. February 4, 2014 at 9:12 am — Reply

    Wow Superb 🙂 These are most Beautiful & attractive photos shoot. I really appreciate the work which done on these photography. Awesome Shots 🙂

  16. Wendy
    July 22, 2014 at 5:30 am — Reply

    Totally sad that I missed this. Would have been fun jamming to Mafikizolo live.

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