Blankets and Wine gets new home
Mafikizolo, South Africa’s multi-award winning duo comprising of Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanla Nciza will be the lead act at Lugogo Cricket Oval during the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala, on 25th September, 2016 alongside some astounding Ugandan names in Gospel, house, soul, reggae and pop.
Powered by Tusker Malt Lager, the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine has relocated from their proverbial home at the Uganda Museum to the Lugogo Cricket Oval so as to accommodate more of their ever growing numbers.
Mafikizolo, a three time winner of the Album of the year in South Africa and a household name across Africa is synonymous with having energetic performances, catchy lyrics, enticingly danceable tunes that always carry a message in their songs.
Well known for songs like Khona, Ndihambanawe, Emlanjeni, this South African duo has performed besides heavyweights like Hugh Masekela and equally dynamic entertainers like Davido, Dj Maphorisa, Uhuru, Jaguar and Diamond Platinumz. The duo has just released their seventh album titled Six Mabone.
True to its form: they haven’t left out afro-based Ugandan performers who always resonate with the distinct audience to create a memorable experience. The 14th Edition, will have Levixone, Qwela Band, Giovanni Kiyingi and DJ Saint Evo.
Levixone is a new crop of urban budding singer/songwriter gospel artists in Uganda. With songs like Ani, Hope, Edoboozi, Niwewe, Victory. He has also had collaborations with the likes of Ray Signature (God is Good), Jackie Akello (Samanya) and S.O.C (Mukulu). His powerful voice is a true gift to the gospel genre and will be welcome at the event.
Giovanni Kiyingi, is known largely as a multi-instrumentalist, folk singer – songwriter who plays the local Ugandan instruments; Fiddle (endingidi), Akogo, Adungu, Djembe, Calabash, Congas and the Maracas. He also plays the flute, guitar and harmonica. It is no wonder that he was one of the Ugandan artists chosen to welcome Pope Francis to Uganda.
Qwela Band will be a very welcome addition to compliment the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine. The Jazz, reggae and traditional African music band famously known for their debut album ‘Kidepo’ will offer a unique fusion of African music with a Western musical approach.
Nairobi based deejay, DJ Saint Evo will provide the electric experience. The deejay and music producer has amassed himself in collecting and producing African and East African sounds while amalgamating them with digital sounds. His current album Jebu, is a hit in Kenya and features a variety of artists from different cultural backgrounds, genres, spiritual beliefs, genders and nationalities.
Alex Tusingwire, the Brand Manager Tusker Malt Lager said; “We are elated to continuously see more involvement from entertainers and the crowds with every edition of Blankets and Wine Kampala. Having Mafikizolo, one of the finest acts on the continent, headline the 14th edition of Blankets and Wine goes to show how we have grown and are now able to be hosting an act of such stature. In addition, we have also selected a captivating range of Ugandan musicians who will perform alongside them to create that much loved afro-based music fusion.”
“From Uganda, Levixone, Giovanni Kiyingi and Qwela Band will wow the crowds with the style of Afro Fusion folk music that we have grown to adore. As Tusker Malt Lager, we appreciate our consumers and thus, give them an opportunity to discover some of the finest afro-based music acts through Blankets and Wine.” he added
A quarterly, picnic style music festival, Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music.
Entrance fee is 100,000 UGX at the Lugogo Cricket Oval and gates open at 12:00pm on 25th September 2016.
In line with its support for responsible drinking, Tusker Malt Lager will be maintaining a strict ‘over 18 only’ policy for sale of alcohol.