An evening of Afro Jazz, Legends Edition was a sold out event. Wangari Maathai Auditorium was packed to capacity, leaving no space or any late comers. Afro Jazz enthusiasts’ were all eager for the Legend’s edition, main act of the day, Eric Wainaina.
The line up for the evening had an amazing blend of performers. The secret band of the night was a group from Nakuru, known as Solinga who beautifully fused Afro pop and soul music.
Royalty black hit the stage with a bang. The weight and message behind each and every song was astounding, they kept the crowd alive. Royalty by Black main genre of music is Reggae, the ‘Irie’ feeling was in the atmosphere, and they absolutely nailed it. It is quite incredible how they were able to keep the crowd on their feet from the beginning to the very last song they performed.
After a satisfying performance, Ricky na Marafiki band took the stage, and gave the crowd what they desired. Serro then went on stage, after the crowd demanded for Ricky Na Marafiki band hit song, ‘Duf Mpararo’. Serro creatively made all the band members dance to the song. It was entertaining watching them dance, however Steve the saxophonist, almost disappointed the crowded by adamantly refusing to bust a move. The situation was salvaged in the nick of time by the hilarious Emcee.
Electric Eric Wainaina
Revered Kenyan Music Legend, Eric Wainaina, took the stage, with a new jam he and his new band had been preparing. It was smooth and warmed the crowd up.
They eventually went up tempo performing Dek! Dek! Dek! The crowd was on their feet. This performance even included people being called on stage to engage in dance challenges.
Eric gave an electric performance, as he seamlessly weaved his music from old hits of ‘Nchi ya kitu kidogo’, to ‘sawa sawa’ from his 2001 album.
He culminated his performance with ‘Selina’, which was the crowd’s favorite, after they demanded for music before Eric Wainaina and his band left off stage. By the time they left stage, the audience who were now on their feet, begrudgingly agreed.
The next edition of An evening of Afro Jazz will host the Kenyan song bird, Atemi. Let’s meet again, on the Last Tuesday of September.