American RnB singer Dwele is due to set foot in Kenya for the first time ever tonight, when he lands at the airport ahead of a star-studded Blankets and Wine event on Sunday.
Dwele’s arrival comes after weeks of anticipation, and he will be accompanied by three members of his band when he touches down at the JKIA.
“There will be several rehearsals before Dwele’s performance on the weekend; Dwele will be rehearsing with Aaron Rimbui and his band,” said the organisers, while explaining his 6-day visit.
Apart from interviews and a couple of private functions, the American musician’s itinerary will involve a trip to the animal orphanage, something that is becoming a common past-time for visiting celebrities.
Dwele’s performance this weekend is spawned by an abrupt cancellation of a concert scheduled for September.
In a video message posted last week, the 34-year-old told his Kenyan fans to get ready for something special.
According to his website, Dwele’s name is rooted in the Swahili language. His full name being Andwele Gardner, the more immediate meaning that comes to mind is the popular saying: “Yaliyopita si ndwele, tugange yajayo”, which means “let bygones be bygones”.
But Dwele’s name might mean something else, and hopefully he will tell us about it before he leaves on Monday.
Also gracing Kenyans with his presence will be the elusive Burundian hit-maker Kidum.
Mzungu Kichaa and Kagwe Mungai complete the circle, for a pretty sum of Sh1,500 per adult ticket and Sh500 for children.
Advance tickets are being sold at all Dormans, while tickets at the door will go for Sh2,000 for adults.