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Blankets and Wine fest goes to Rwanda

KIGALI – The event will strive to promote local and upcoming talent from Rwanda and partner with corporates as well as food and beverage outlets to add to the experience of festivalgoers.

“Being in Rwanda, Blankets and Wine Kigali will have a special Rwandan touch,” organiser David Kamanda said. “We are still trying to get a good number of up-and-coming local musicians to showcase their talent.

“On top of these local performances at Blankets and Wine Kigali, we shall be having an international headliner alongside a regional music icon complemented by an established Rwandan artist.”

Since the inception of the event, the East African region has enjoyed live performances by Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Mafikizolo (South Africa), Mzungu Kichaa (Tanzania), Maurice Kirya (Uganda), Mi Casa (South Africa) as well as celebrated Kenyan acts Sauti Sol, Eric Wainaina, Harry Kimani and Nyota Ndogo, among others.

“We will have quite a number of social activities at our festival,” Kamanda said. “We plan to have restaurants, bars and a play area for kids so that everyone who comes to Blankets and Wine Kigali gets to enjoy the festival in totality”.

Here is an idea of what to expect:

In 2008, Blankets and Wine was created to promote, celebrate and expose emerging Kenyan musicians. The monthly event series progressively evolved from a platform showcasing contemporary live Kenyan music into an Africa-wide, multi-disciplinary platform.

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