5 February 2013

Kenya: Vote With Blankets and Wine

The South African band hit song. ( Resource: Mi Casa - Heavenly Sent )

This month's edition of Blankets and Wine was held for the first time at the Carnivore Grounds.

In addition to the usual ambience littered with Maasai shukas, Kikoys, picnic chairs, wine and music enthusiast hurdled in groups, there was the presence of men and woman dressed in black. Their mission was to spread the message of the importance of voting.

It has been a long running joke on social media that the middle class would only vote if the ballot was held online and at Blankets and Wine. The group dressed in all black carried suitcases that spelt out the need for the youth to cast their votes. We can only hope the message was received.

Beside the public service message, there was the usual performances' by Kenyan acts like the legendary Suzanna Owiyo who made her way back to the Blankets and Wine stage after a long hiatus. US based Kenyan songstress Naomi Wachira with her delectable urban sound joined the suave Barbara Guantai on stage.

The headlining acts were Mi Casa from South African. The three-time South Africa Music Award winners for House Album of The Year, made their Kenyan debut after performing at US President Barrack Obama's inauguration.

Mi Casa is a unique band made up of Dr Duda-Producer and club DJ, J-Something - vocalist and guitarist and Mo-T - Trumpeter. The three brought their explosive talent together to create an original sound. Their musical talent creates a sound, which incorporates soulful vocals, the guitar, keys and the trumpet.

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