April 1, 2011 – Organisers are anticipating a full house at the 24th edition of Blankets and Wine this weekend after much hype on Twitter and Facebook on the show’s main attraction – the ultimate South African diva, Thandiswa Mazwai.
She will be singing this Sunday at the Mamba Village Leisure Garden after performances by Lulu, Harry Kimani, and Makadem.
Thandiswa will touch down in Nairobi on the eve of the event, on a super tight schedule, but she is expected to squeeze in an interview with Kenya’s best mix of music Capital FM on Sunday morning.
Born in the Eastern Cape, raised in Soweto, and now living in Johannesburg & London, Thandiswa’s personal journey is reflected in her music which travels through the village, into the ghetto, and raises the roof in the city.
After working with Bongo Maffin for eight years and after six award-winning albums, Thandiswa began work on a solo project – Zabalaza. She is known for tracks such as Ingoma, Nizalwa Ngombani and Lahlumlenze.
Due to a successful run, KCB Advantage Banking have jumped on board the B&W wagon as sponsors for 2011, pumping in Sh4.5 million for a shiny line-up over the year which includes Lira, Zamajobe, Oliver Mtukudzi, Asa and Hugh Masekela, among others.
KCB Deputy CEO – Group Business, Peter Munyiri said: “Our sponsorship of Blankets and Wine is meant to nurture upcoming Kenyan artistes who specialise in the afro-centric genre of music. Being a Kenyan company, we want to support Muthoni Ndonga, in her efforts of providing an alternative platform, for showcasing the best in Kenyan music but we also want to take it to the next level.”
Ndonga is the brain behind B&W, a monthly event that only needs spectators to carry a blanket, some wine and grub, and a healthy appetite for music.
Also anticipated in Sunday’s event are new tracks from Harry Kimani. His manager Dennis Muganwa says the long-haired acoustic genius will be performing songs from his upcoming album, which will be out later in the year.
Gates open at 1300hrs. Advance tickets at all DORMANS outlets: Sh 1,000. At the gate, Adults: Sh 1,300 and children over five: Sh 400.
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