Napalma, Juliani and Kidum say Sawa Sawa

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The cross-cultured electro-percussionist band Napalma will be the main acts at this year’s Sawa Sawa Festival, slated for June 10.

Napalma, who are based in South Africa, is a three man band whose music is strongly influenced by Brazilian and Mozambican flavour. Their energetic sets lend true to theme of the festival, ‘Roots for the Future’.

In a statement, festival organizers say they want to celebrate ‘performing artists whose styles are derived via African culture’ at this year’s event.

They promise that Napalma’s beats and music will infect Kenyans with some dance floor fever!

Another unique and positive influence lined up for the show is Julius Owino, better known as Juliani.

Traditional hip-hop and roots have been merged well in his music, which also has a modern outlook and focuses on joining hands towards a better tomorrow.

Juliani is an award winning gospel artist whose nation-building efforts are not going to waste.

A relative newcomer for the festival that will take place in Carnivore, is Gar Gar, a quartet from North Eastern made up of women on Somali origin.

‘They formed in 2003 with the purpose of reminding people of their traditional culture through song,’ according to the statement on the festival.

Other artists who complete the line-up for the midday to midnight festival are Kidum, Octopizzo, Taraab Fusion ft Nyota Ndogo, Pearl Jesus & Yonanier Ramon; Yunasi; Sojourners reggae band; Makadem, Sarakasi All stars, Umoja Ensembles and the Slum Drummers.

Children will be allowed at the venue for free from noon to 6pm, while adults will be charged Sh250. A second charge of Sh500 will be for those who attend from 6pm to midnight.

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