Zamajobe fills Bilal’s shoes at Blankets concert

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South African maiden Zamajobe read a difficult Kenyan crowd on Sunday to cap off a fantastic mash-up of artists at Blankets and Wine this past weekend.

Dress in a black turtle-neck, black tights and a kente-cloth skirt, Zamajobe sang and danced barefoot, all the while calling on the audience to join her as she sang.

Zama was filling in for US neo soul artist Bilal, who missed his flight and the Sunday show due to logistical reasons. Despite the short notice, the South African multiple award winner made sure there were no complaints from revelers who had paid upto Sh1,500 to attend the monthly Blankets and Wine event.

Apart from her super-hit track ‘Ndawo Yami’, Zama borrowed from the late Bob Marley and Miriam Makeba to belt out ‘Is this Love’ and ‘Pata Pata’ respectively.

Before she came on stage, the Meet The Danes Project featuring Chris Adwar, Juliani and Winyo and three Danish musicians gave an energetic display.

A few familiar tunes were redone including Juliani’s ‘Bahasha ya Ocampo’, featuring the Danes, namely Benjamin Aggerbaek, Louise Hoegh, and Palle Klok. The Europeans looked nondescript, but their music definitely wasn’t.

Penya artist Stan started off the 35th edition of Blankets and Wine creating the mood with his haunting voice and deft guitar skills.

The Leisure Gardens were as ever beautifully decked out with tawny canvas Marquees that protected families from the sudden bursts of intense sunshine throughout the event.

Sponsors included Keringet, Minute Maid and Capital FM.

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