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Blankets & Wine is bringing Grammy-winning British singer, songwriter, producer and actress Estelle to perform in Nairobi as the headlining act at the festival’s July 10th edition. She’s dabbled in various genres including R&B, soul, reggae, grime and hip hop to produce global hits including “American Boy”, “Come on Over” and “Conqueror”.
Date: July 10, 2016
Venue: Ngong Racecourse Waterfront
Time: from 11 am
Tickets: KES 3,500 at the Gate
Estelle has collaborated with artists such as Kanye West, John Legend, will.i.am, David Guetta among others and appeared on hit TV series, Empire as well as voiced the cartoon character, Garnet in the animated series, Steven Universe.
Rounding out the musical performances are Blankets & Wine Founder and fierce femcee, Muthoni the Drummer Queen, the sultry Sage and soulful Jarel.
The July edition makes good on the promise of high-quality quarterly showcases by B&W—via new operating entity,GoodTimes Africa—following the successful Aloe Blacc Show in April with American soul sensation, Aloe Blacc.
Also happening at the festival are fashion pop-up stores by Embody Fashion, Bongosawa, Republi.ke, Adele Dejak and Sandstorm. Live sketches by Naddya, flower crowns by Maua Jua as well as the highly popular Silent Disco.
They’ll be great food—including brunch—by The Good Food Company, Kathy’s Kitchen, Harry’s Crepe’s, Uptown Grill and The Curragh.
The festival shall also be unveiling the B&W wine.
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For the first time ever, we are going to take you through a thematic discovery of the creative industry, through “An Ode To Hip Hop”. On October 5th, our focus is going to be on the incredible impact that hip hop has had on music, literature, film, fashion, art, culture and our collective imagination.
This Sunday October 5th from 1:00pm – 9:00pm all four stages of Blankets & Wine i.e. music, film, literature, fashion and art will carry out interactive elements of this theme.
Following the theme, we want to showcase the major players within the creative industry who have been influenced by Hip Hop culture and have made it their own.
Hip Hop heads and music lovers will be treated to the finest sounds coming out of the Hip Hop music scene here in Kenya featuring TAIO, Muthoni the Drummer Queen and Rabbit.
On the writers stage curated by the Kwani? Trust, join mind indulging conversations with Muthoni Drummer Queens as she leads tantilising topics during Kwani? Mahewa. Catalyst your mind into conversations during the Emerging Voices segment dissecting the mind of pan-African writers from the Jaladan writer’s collective. Take a seat on the bleachers in the shade and fall deep into sheng poems with Mistari Shend Speare. Meet your fellow Blankets & Wine family by simply swaping a book with one of them.
Music and Literature isn’t your thing? Not to worry the film stage is here to help, showcasing a variety of films highlighting key players in the Kenyan hip hop industry, including “Juliani – The Road Trips Connections”. Express yourself at the Art Hive with FA254, Made With Love and KMS – Kilometers, as they take you through artistic expressions in the hip hop genre.
Finally, end the evening on a high and dance the night away on the DJ stage with some of HomeBoyz Radio finest DJ’s including DJ FinalKut, DJ Zaq and DJ Jack Rooster from Café Mocha Lounge. Mixing Hip Hop sounds and afro-house the DJ stage will be kicking all day AND night!
To encapture this dynamic Hip Hop theme, the very entertaining event ‘Hip Hop Karaoke’ will plug in to the space and take over the programme. From 6:00pm – 8:00pm let your hair down at the DJ Stage, and for a few songs be your favourite hip hop artist. We also encourage all Blankets & Winers to come dressed as your favourite Hip Hop artist.
WHAT TO EXPECT
From a music-driven lifestyle experience, Blankets & Wine has evolved into a multi-disciplinary, multi-stage platform for the expression of music, literature, film, fashion and art delivering an aesthetically and artisitcally stimulating experience. As all stages run concurrently, create your own B&W experience by picking up a programme at the entrance. Propel your creative curiosity through An Ode To Hip Hop and Discover, Love, Share at Blankets & Wine
To commemorate 20 years of democracy and post-apartheid South Africa, Blankets & Wine in collaboration with the South African High Commission in Kenya present to you a special edition of Blankets & Wine on Sunday, 7th September 2014 dubbed Karibu Mzansi.
Date: September 7, 2014
Venue: at the Carnivore Gardens
Time: from 1pm – 10pm
Tickets: KES 2000 at the Gate
Celebrate this milestone with South Africa as you listen to funky tunes from: Vereso Andrew Wambua, Antoneosoul and Dela.
South African foods and wines will also be on sale
The headline artist for this event will be DJ Cleo of the smash hit single Facebook. DJ Cleo is brought to Blankets courtesy of the South African High Commission in Kenya.
Other events will be the DJ Stage with house guru Jack Rooster and the Caffe Mocha crew, Writer’s Stage curated by Kwani? And B&W Film Stage curated by PAWA 254.
The Creativez final meetup-takes a look at entertainers who are making it walking the “road less travelled“. We will not just demystify the REAL music scene in Kenya (funding, distribution, audience appreciation, marketing etc) we’ll explore new changes through innovation, technology and even continental linkages that are helping combat the Industry’s challenges and change the face of Kenya’s Music Scene.
The panel consists of 2 of Africa’s most prolific producers.. Calif Records – Clement Rapudo aka Clemo and Ennovator Music’s Tim Rimbui. Kenya’s international ambassadors of “folk/vernacular/local” music -OLOVA MAKADEM- The Ohangla Man and “King of Mugithi”- MIKE RUA.
Also joining is the brain behind Africa’s most consistent Music Festival Blankets & Wine- the performing artist Muthoni The Drummer Queen.
Doors open at 2pm -so come with all the questions you’ve got on Kenya’s Music Industry.
Venue: iHub – Bishop Magua Building, Opposite Uchumi Ngong Road
Opinion: The selection of three fellows for 1beat Program is evidence of #Kenya’s rising status as a cultural hub
What happens when you bring musicians from different continents in one country for a tour and residency program? Well, you have yourself smart power and that is what the United States of America has been up to of late. This is through the 1beat program that brought together 32 fellows from 21 countries to the US for tours and residency program.
What is 1beat?
OneBeatSM is an international music exchange that celebrates musical collaboration and social engagement through innovative people-to-people diplomacy. From September 10 – October 7, a group of exceptional young musicians from around the world will collaboratively write, record, produce, and perform original music in venues ranging from concert halls to city parks to rock clubs. In addition to creating new work, OneBeat Fellows will partner with community organizations, schools, and socially-engaged local musicians to offer workshops, performances, and public dialogues.
Ambassadors of Soft Power
Kenya is a bastion of sports especially track races and marathons but what is now emerging is that Kenya is also rising as a cultural hub. This is evident in selection of three musicians from Kenya out of the eight who represented Africa. The musicians who represented Kenya are;
1. Nina Ogot
2. Muthoni the Drummer Queen and
3. Kato Change
Other African countries represented are Democratic Republic of Congo (with two musicians), Nigeria, Mozambique and Senegal each with one representative.
NairobiNow takes this opportunity to congratulate these Kenyan trailblazers and wish them all the best in their endeavours.
Performances by drummers from bands such as Gogosimo, Ricky na Marafiki, Usual suspects and Afro Simba, Muthoni the Drummer Queen amongst many more