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Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 14:57 EATwaruimaggy@gmail.com
The first ever Yetu Festival, a celebration of Kenya’s culture through food, music and entertainment, will take place this Saturday October 29 from 2pm to 3am at the Waterfront, Ngong Racecourse Grounds in Nairobi. Organised by the Radio Africa Group, which runs Kiss TV and Kiss FM stations, the event will host Kenya’s biggest artistes and DJs across genres, capturing the true cultural beat of Kenya from way back to now.
The various artistes set to perform include: the award-winning Nameless whose real name is David Mathenge; Wyre, the RnB and reggae musician known from the group Necessary Noize and East African Bashment, Nyashinski, who was a rap king back in the day and was part of the trio Kleptomaniax; Ken wa Maria the ‘Fundamentals' singer; Esther Wahome whose Kuna Dawa song was a hit for many years; and Eric Wainaina whose music is a blend of Kenyan Benga rhythms and East African guitars with some modern harmony.
Other artistes and musical groups that will grace the event include Onyi Papa Jey, an ohangla musician; Rumba Japan, one of the biggest Congolese bands in Kenya; Kidum, the Sitarudi Nyuma hit singer; Mike Rua, a Kikuyu artiste known for his Mugithi songs; and Them Mushrooms, which is a band that mostly plays Chakacha, some Benga and also reggae, most famous for the Swahili song Jambo Bwana.
On the decks will be Kenya’s finest DJs led by DJ John, Hypnotiq, Xclusive, DJ Andre, and DJ Kym - an interesting line up of well -known deejays who will be playing live.
Aside from music, the organisers say the festival will bring forth "a never seen before culinary experience", with Kenya’s best food to be sampled such as ugali - the most popular food in Kenya made of maize meal - and roasted meat, irio (which is mashed peas and potato, sukumawiki or kales), fish, matoke a variety of green bananas, mukimo (made with potatoes, peas, corn and onions), Kenyan chapatis, and pilau (spiced rice) among others. The list is endless as the Kenyan culture consists of many cuisines.
With art and fashion also lined up for the attendees, Yetu Festival is no doubt an event that promises to be authentic and a must attend as it will be a star studded affair.
The writer is a student of Communication and Public Relations at Moi University and intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.