With the way the show is nolonger a benchmark of cool for socialites, one could imagine Blankets and Wine lost it, think again.
Rain means everything for people that go for Nyege Nyege, yet in Kampala, the downpour is a nightmare for show organisers. Of course, stories have been told about rainmakers but we can keep them for another day.
Yesterday, it drizzled in the morning, scaring many that Blankets and Wine would flop, yet at 4pm, the bright skies were a positive sign.
People started accessing the venue in small numbers but by 8pm, the numbers had grown. Typical of Ugandans, most were seen in groups taking selfies, others seated and chatting, while others just coupled in dark corners.
Non-stop action was happening on the stage, with emcess, deejays and artistes taking center stage all evening.
Mugaba, Eli Maliki, Camden West and Gloria Achillah were the first on the stage during day before Herbert Ssensamba and Mo Roots took it up later, paving way for Kent and Flosso to share their musical journey ever since their debut in 2015. Being one of the big stages they have ever performed on, they had to make an impact and their magic worked especially on songs like ‘Pull up’, ‘Cheza Mama’, ‘Overdose’ and ‘Byafayo‘.
Unlike the previous editions of the Tusker Malt’s much-anticipated event, the set up this time round was a totally different. Classy and elegant perhaps to give it another feel from the usual.
At 9pm, emcee Deedan introduced the headlining act of this specific edition. Skales from Nigeria.
Unlike all Nigerian artistes who have performed in Uganda for the past two weeks, Skales was different. This wasn’t his first performance in the Pearl of Africa as he thrilled in 2017 during the Ciroc Frost and Pineapple Pool party at Silver Springs Hotel Bugolobi. He’s fairly known in Uganda thanks to collaborations with Beenie Gunter and Cindy. It could have been the reason organizers found him a perfect candidate to headline the 23rd edition and he lived up to the billing.
Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, real name, Skales, gave partygoers what he’s made of. Taking to the stage at 9pm, he straight away jumped into action singing all his hits including ‘I am for Real’, ‘Shake Body’, ‘Fire Waist’ and ‘Booty Language’ among others. He took it a notch higher by performing Olina work, Pon Mi remix and Bomblast which he all did with Beenie Gunter as well as One by One alongside Cindy. When he left the stage, many were yearning for more and they got justice from DJ Ciza who took them through a music session till midnight.