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Blankets and Wine opens new year on a high – PHOTOS

Blankets and Wine made a comeback last Sunday at the Ngong Racecourse with South African rapper AKA as the main act.

This was the first edition of the festival held this year to celebrate music, art and culture.

Rapper AKA wowed the crowd with his award winning hits like ‘Baddest’, ‘All Eye on Me’ and ‘The World Is Yours’ in his amazing stage performance.

South African rapper AKA on stage at Blankets and Wine. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
South African rapper AKA on stage at Blankets and Wine. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Nigerian-German songstress Nneka also graced the stage with performances of some of her hits like ‘Africans’ and ‘Lucifer’.

Other artistes who performed at the event included Fena Gitu, Kavinya, Tetu Shani, Ciano Maimba, Ukweli, Kerby and Prisca Ojwang’.

Prisca Ojwang on stage at Blankets and Wine. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Prisca Ojwang on stage at Blankets and Wine. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

DJ Suraj closed the event night with a set of his signature electronic beats over ethnic tribal vibes.

Both the young and old were not disappointed in the performance and the fun activities at the ground.

There was a silent disco for people to dance to music listened to on wireless headphones that were at the grounds.

Tetu Shani on stage at Blankets and Wine. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Tetu Shani on stage at Blankets and Wine. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Revelers could also eat and drink from the long list of vendors and restaurants who offered their dining experiences at a great price.

A specially curated pop-up area was set up featuring talented and globally resounding fashion and accessories designers from Kenya at special promotional prices following a theme dubbed ‘Made in KE’.

Blankets and Wine was started in 2008 as a platform for the promotion, celebration and exposure of emerging live Kenyan music.

PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

It evolved from a platform showcasing contemporary live Kenyan music into an international platform with famous artistes like Aloe Blac, Micasa and Mafikizolo headlining some of the many event series.

The festival had its 50th anniversary back in January 2014 in a two-day event.