Blankets and Wine Returns This December

As the date to the final Blankets and Wine Kampala event of 2015 draws closer, not only are fans prepping themselves, artistes too are.

A cross section of revelers at the Blankets and Wine Kampala
A cross section of revelers at the Blankets and Wine Kampala

Every Wednesday at Zone 7 Bar in Kampala, Jazz lovers convene for a musical experience…a glimpse of what to expect during the Blankets and Wine Kampala do.

During these evenings, upcoming musicians perform to the audience for a chance to perform at the December 13, 2015 episode.

On Wednesday November 11, 2015, talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Kenneth Mugabi was up against the equally amazing Brenda Birungi.

To borrow an adage, when two ‘heavy weights meet, the audience enjoys! That is just what happened.

Kenneth Mugabi who took to the stage first, began his performance with his single ‘Nambi.’ A gifted songwriter and a soulful performer, Mugabi uses his rich unique voice to bring out beautiful afro-soul music. Therein lies his uniqueness.

Brenda Birungi, a former Tusker Project Fame Contender from 2011 is an equally amazing performer and vocalist.

Some of her hits like Gwovuluga, Ninze, Steady Wine and Turn Me On have received considerable airplay. She has over 10 songs to her name and her star is on the rise.

At the end of the night of course there had to be only one winner. Both performers gave their best and the musically satisfied audience felt they wanted to see more of Mugabi. He was chosen to go onto the next round.

Prior to the faceoff, Janzi Band kept guests entertained with a wide array of musical genres. From slow ballads like Cindy Lauper’s timeless classic, Time After time to the heavy Tarrus Riley’s Sorry is a Sorry Word. It was indeed an evening of a perfect cocktail of sounds.

For the preceding weeks before the Blankets and Wine Kampala do, fans will decide the opening act of the December edition for the very first time. To participate in the process, all one has to do is hang out at Zone 7 every Wednesday, purchase a bucket of Tusker Malt Lager and then cast their vote.

Other performers vying for the opening act spot of the December do include; Rogatien, Sitenda, and Jackie Akello.

Phoebe Nakabazzi, the Tusker Malt Lager Brand Manager says this was done to enable fans feel that they are part of the entire Blankets and Wine Kampala experience.

“By giving consumers the opportunity to decide who entertains at Blankets and Wine, we are showing them that we value their input and they are the reason we go the extra mile. We have an exciting line up of artistes as well and today we are here at Zone 7 to kick start the process with two talented artists that is Rogatien and Jonathan,” she says.

The other musicians who will performing at the closing Blankets and Wine Kampala fete of 2015 include The Kansoul from Kenya who are the main act, Swahili Nation and Myko Ouma.

The highlight of the day will definitely be The Kansoul’s performance. Madtraxx, Mejja and Kid Korra has to be the best combination ever since ice cream was invented. The Kansoul is the name they go by. Their latest single ‘Nyongwa’ and with the video came a new dance style and a lot of talk.

Revelers should brace themselves for a lot of action especially when this group takes to the stage.

“Blankets and Wine is East Africa’s premier music experience, designed to showcase outstanding musicians in the emerging genres of afro-based music. As Tusker Malt Lager, we appreciate our consumers and thus give them a chance to enjoy the rich African talent in LIVE performances by a wide array of artistes,” added Phoebe Nakabazzi.

Tusker Malt Lager is brewed longer than other contemporary lagers giving it that unmistakably rich, smooth premium taste that is widely recognized and that consumers have grown to love.

The picnic-style event will again be held at its proverbial home, the Uganda Museum grounds.