Blankets & Wine Kampala 13th Edition Review
The 13th Edition of Blankets & Wine Kampala on the 10th of July 2016 was an event I had been greatly anticipating.
This was after finding out South Africa’s Mi Casa was the lead act. I have been an overzealous Mi Casa fan since high school and finally I’d see them in concert.
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Dressed in white shorts, yellow Chuck Taylor’s and a polo shirt, I made my inaugural appearance at Uganda Museum with a friend.
The Scenery at Blankets & Wine
On arrival, 4 outstanding things immediately grip your attention; the setup, the stage & Music, the food and the girls.
The tents are placed to enclose the grounds where the revelers sit and with the umbrellas and tents all over the compound, it gives the place a break loose scenery.
Different aromas, sweet and sour, spicy, and all kinds fill the air and work your appetite to the maximal. Different restaurants set camp in their tents selling food – Nyama kyoma and roasted chicken being the most popular.
Tusker is the most striking brand (being sponsors) with their tents, banners, umbrellas and teardrops all over the place.
Selling their alcohol at promotional prices and packages, it is the drink of the event. Wines, whiskey and spirits keep flowing too as many tents have the different popular and unknown brands stocked.
The ambiance and the weather were just right. Not too sunny, not cold either – the temperatures were conducive for a day out with your blanket.
The different Djs from House of Djs kept the crowd engaged as they intermixed all our favorite international and local songs.
We had strong performances from Davis Ntare, Jackie Akello, Mo Roots and finally kirya kuti. Mo Roots was definitely my favorite. Her powerful vocals have always been a wonder and they were glorious as can be during her performance.
Eventually after a lot of stalling, gentlemen dressed in black jumpers with the word “CREW” imprinted at the back walked onto stage and started setting up.
Needless to say, the main event was here and ready, Mi Casa was in the area. I couldn’t help the excitement, I was about to see one of my favorite music acts live on stage – something that has actually been an item on my bucket list.
Deedan (radiocity) the host of the event kept doing what she had been exceptionally doing since the event started. She kept us patient, entertained and engaged as she delivered her very remarkable crowd control.
Finally, the wait was over; Mo-T and a backup singer made their way to the stage, Dr. Duda the producer and Mi Casa’s Dj followed and he got on with his thing. Shortly after, J’Something came onto the stage and the party began.
Performing all of my favorite hits from Jika, La Vida, Your Body and These Streets among others, Mi Casa absolutely transcended what I thought they’d deliver.
Amazing to me was how much the crowd loved them. Visibly one could tell the crowd didn’t know much about them, but they utterly loved them.
Their command of the stage, their engagement of the audience and the stories J’Something told in between songs made for such a fascinating performance.
Most of the crowd was drawn to the event for the love of women, alcohol and nice food. But Mi Casa definitely made everyone glad they came.
They made me glad I came. It was my first time attending Blankets and Wine and it lived up to the hype that the show has always had.
Blankets and Wine Kampala scored points on everything, security was tight, the music was great, the food was scrumptious, the women!!! Dear Lord the Women! Kampala undoubtedly has some of the finest women in the world even Mi Casa seemed to agree.
J’Something said it and the men in the crowd were quick to cheer as there was so much booty and beauty to affirm that claim.
Blankets and Wine has completely won me over and I will faithfully attend each one from today onwards.
Ian Paul Byamugisha a.k.a paulothewriter is a Writer / Author, blogger, Music Critic, Tech Geek and a petrol-head.
A couple of free short stories later, he is currently working on his debut novel titled KIMANI. Besides writing, he works as a Support & Implementation engineer for a tech firm.