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Down memory lane with Blackstreet and SWV – PHOTOS

It was a double treat for Kenyans on Saturday night when American music groups SWV and Blackstreet took lovers of their music down memory lane and an even more touching gesture when corporate organisations raised Sh5.5 million towards the drought relief effort.

As fans were being treated to a nostalgic show at the concert, various corporate organisations showed their love to fellow Kenyans by joining in on the noble cause to help families in famine-stricken areas.

SWV (Sisters With Voices) performs at the concert. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
SWV (Sisters With Voices) performs at the concert. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

UNDER 10 MINUTES

In just under 10 minutes, before boy band Blackstreet took the stage, seven organisations and a generous citizen pledged millions to aid affected families.

The two R&B Grammy award winning groups were a big sensation in the 90s and held their first concert in Kenya at the KICC where fans fell in love with their music all over again.

SWV (Sisters With Voices) are widely known for their hits such as Can We, Right Here, You’re The One and Weak. The group was formed in 1990 but broke up in 1998. They, however, got back together in 2005.

“We had to grow up,” the group said of their break up at a press briefing on Friday.

PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

MILESTONE

The group, made up of Cheryl “Coko” Gamble, Tamara “Taj” Johnson and Leanne “Leelee” Lyons term their more than 25 years in the music business a major milestone.

Blackstreet, famed for their numerous hits like Don’t Leave, No Diggity, (Money Can’t) Buy Me Love and Before I let You Go told Kenyans they were in the country “because people want to hear the real stuff, not auto tune”.

Blackstreet is made up of Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal, Levi Little and Joseph Stonestreet but Stonestreet was later replaced by Dave Hollister.