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Political persuasion at Love and Light

Adhaimbo Wameyo delivers some wise words MG Gufy and Teradrops get the crowd going Spikes Mshairi of Vijana Barubaru Tap-dancer Stacy Achieng with MC Gufy on stgae The crowd at Love & Light Toto Afrique take the mic

The open mic session of Love and Light had one purpose and that was to stand up for the Constitution. Marking 6 years since its assent, the hashtag NiYetu was the theme of the day.

Poet Perlexy was poignant, severe and honest above everything as he stripped down social and political ills that continually tear down our country. Music group Toto Afrique had a clever yet playful set as they covered the late Papa Wemba’s ‘Rail On’ and also a composition of their own that strove to empower the youth.

Adhiambo Wameyo had a particularly powerful verse. Although unlike most of her contemporaries who chose to pass their message in slang, the poet used a distilled version of the English language as she embraced her own blackness and conveyed the message to the audience.

Felloh 7 started off with a prayer that turned out to be a carefully concealed poem and the rest of his set was filed with spiritual overtones. Stacy Achieng was a dream to watch as she tap-danced and Capital’s bravado was admirable. It was an evening full of good vibes and positive messages which will definitely be hard to top.

Legends made at an Evening of Afro Jazz

Them Mushrooms Band on stage (2) Them Mushrooms Band on stage (1) Ricky Nanjero of the Ricky na Marafiki band MC Jack Gaitara takes the mic Kwame reinventing RnB on stage Justo Otongo of Jabali Afrika

An Evening of Afro Jazz, The Legend’s Edition was an opportunity for a great thing to happen. A new generation of completely uninitiated, fresh listeners received the honour of hearing the renowned Them
Mushrooms band.

This band that has composed the unofficial Kenyan national anthem has now gained a newer and more diverse audience through the show and the importance of that cannot be overstated. The Mushrooms still have the same vigour and enthusiasm in their performance although they may be veterans in the Kenyan music scene. ‘Nyambura’ was also a particularly fun song as the crowd danced along.

Ricky na Marafiki had a great 20-minute set that consisted of their best-known composition ‘Tucheze’ that was real crowd pleaser. It was actually good to see them play a little longer than they usually do giving their fans a treat at the same time.

Kwame was a bright spot of the night. Although he sang most of his songs in vernacular but his message never failed to resonate with the crowd. New act Chris Masika was a soulful yet playful addition to the lineup. It was truly a night where history was made as age and experience met youthful exuberance.

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