Gallery: Electrifying performances by Alikiba, Kidum, Atemi at #KorogaFestival

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PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

“Nairobi is like home for me. I have done shows in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu; but I have never performed with a live band. It is finally happening this Sunday at the Koroga Festival!” the Bongo Flava superstar said earlier in the week, promising a super show for Sunday’s all-ages festival.

The fans and festivalgoers definitely were not disappointed. Sunday’s much-anticipated performances by Atemi, Kidum and headlining act – Alikiba – went off without a hitch! Blue skies and sunny weather set the tone for record-breaking crowds to descend on Nairobi’s Arboretum.

DJ Andre set the afternoon in motion with his energetic mixes, whilst Atemi’s soulful performance delighted the crowds – easing festivalgoers into a dancing mood. Fans who haven’t seen Burundian crooner Kidum live in concert in a while, jumped to their feet the moment the laidback musician walked-up on stage in black sweats and a cane. The crowd swelled and swayed in unison as they danced. The audience cheered in recognition during the opening notes of nearly every song, even singing along to many of them. As Kidum’s set was finishing, the anticipation for Koroga Festival’s headlining act, Alikiba, was palpable.

Tanazanian superstar Alikiba took the stage a few minutes past 5 o’clock in the afternoon in a long grey tshirt and backed by a full band. He’s a captivating singer and performer with little accompaniment – full of romantic inflections and heartfelt emotion – but on this afternoon he was in vintage showman mode, amplifying his routine with energetic dancers and even a “Hulk” moment where he ripped off his shirt to screaming fans.

If you missed the Koroga Festival, here are some beautiful photos by Nairobi-based photographer Paul Munene that capture the spectacular afternoon!

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

PHOTO: Paul Munene

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

  • Hillary Kimani

    I wonder. was it Raila that stood up and insisted that “lets not be vague, lets go to the hague”. Kweli wakenya ni wapumbavu.

    • Korongemulinge

      When we said ‘Don’t be vague, go to the Hague’ we did not mean ‘prosecute the innocent’. It’s unfortunate our quest for justice was insulted

      • KiambuMafia

        we???

  • Pratt

    We welcome this minister so that those who are behind the forgery can be brought to book. The pm’s statement and its timing suggest that he was privy to ICC’s ruling.  Even the documents linking UK to ICC cases seem to have been prepared when he was in Europe. My take is that the pm knows the very source of these documents. While he is very quick to accuse others of seeking sympathy, I seem to believe the truth concerning the documents is actually the reverse. Furthermore, why is it that only Raila’s men are the ones questioning the authenticity of the document on basis of spellings and grammar? And who told them that spellings are not problem in every language? All indications are that Raila is becoming very desperate indeed. Thus, resorting to mischief as was the case in 2007 is very real indeed. Thats why he seems to hate prayers more than the violence and murder that he visited on us. If he doesnt believe in prayers, how does that become our business? Why would he attempt to criminalize prayers anyway? We know inspite of pretending to be a christian, he has always laughed and mocked a certain politician whenever he talks of his christian faith. However, having become a do-nothing pm on heap of innocent dead Kenyans, Raila should be the last person to talk of prison, where he is supposed to be. Kenyans decidely know the person behind PEV despite the ICC cases. Raila must therefore  contain his misplaced anger, if not obvious insanity, for we know better. To attempt to hide under self-serving pretentious righteousness is to insult Kenyans. I guess his lies and false feats have reached the very end of the tail. And with imminent release of Miguna’s book, detailing the vile tribal nature of the character, Kenyans should brace themselves for more serious comical dramas.

    • Walter

      Very well said Pratt.   I strongly believe that Raila should be the first to be jailed in the Hague (if not the only one).  The report relied on by Ocampo was doctored by Omar Hassan who is on record saying that he adores Raila and we know he favoured him in the report.  
      We all remember that the lawyers said ONE name was common in all the statements and that is RAILA ODINGA!  Can this ICC explain why he was not included as a SUSPECT!  

  • hillary

    its a matter of time before we get the truth.

  • Men,you dont know what Ocampo has…….you will be surprised when evidence will start coming out.Uhuru friends will fix Ruto and they will go for each other.Who doesn’t know that a prominent MP from Central Province will testify against Ruto? Shut up and wait for drama.Raila has nothing to loose……at least for him even if he looses elections…he will retain his freedom…..someone is facing a life Prison sentence may somewhere i a dirty prison in Bolivia.You have a reason to fear Ocampo

  • Korongemulinge

    When we said ‘Don’t be vague, go to the Hague’ we did not mean
    ‘prosecute the innocent’. It’s unfortunate our quest for justice was
    insulted

  • Mzalendo

    Pratt says it all very well.  He is so desperate to become President and his chances are so diminshing that he has become dangerous.  Is he not the one who told a court recently that Kibaki should answer for the PEV that mungiki were in statehouse?  And what about the grenade found at his offices – how could it have got there?  THIS IS A MAN WHO HAS DECIDED HE WILL NOT GO DOWN ALONE. 

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