The African Legends concert – Tribute Edition took place over the weekend at The Hub Karen. As promised, the show delivered unforgettable tributes to various departed African music greats through a cocktail of eclectic live renditions of some of their popular hits.
Several fans were present to pay homage to fallen African superstars. Unlike many organizers, The African Legends team kept time starting the show almost immediately at the promised starting times. Additionally, the stage set-up oozed African culture with beautiful African fabrics draping on both sides and back.
In line with the African theme, all performers donned lovely African outfits styled by Brian babu and Ian Sketch. Furthermore, vendors served authentic African dishes ranging from East African snacks like viazi karai to West African delicacies like suya.
Speaking during the opening of the event, the bubbly show curator June Gachui said, “We couldn’t find popular music by one artist that was enough to do a show on. Today you will be getting a pool of the most popular songs that we could find from departed African legends. It’s mchanganyiko maalum, but it sounds amazing!”
African Legends Concert Performances
Organized by JGIP Events, the 2-day concert had Kenya’s best instrumentalists. They include George Nyoro (keys), Benjamin Kabaseke (Guitar), Tito Monako (Bass Guitar), Hornsphere (horns) – Danson Rabuka (Trumpet), Peter King’ori (Soprano saxophone), Kimbassax (Alto saxophone), Danilson Babu (Tenor saxophone), Kasiva Mutua (Percussion), Richard Wandati (Drums). The singers’ line-up comprised Amani Baya, Chep, Daniel Chikhwaza, June Gachui, Kendi Nkonge, Mellah, Nechesa Odima, Ras Amor, SERRO, Vini Ngugi, Manasseh Shalom, Viola Karuri, Webi, and Ythera.
African Legends concert performances got a variety of reactions from the audience, ranging from soft singing along to vigorous dancing to the beat. While each of the performers gave a good show, there were several memorable sets. Some of these were Kendi Nkonge’s rendition of Brenda Fassies’ Vuli Ndlela, Manasseh Shalom’s version of E-Sir’s Moss Moss, Webi & Daniel Chikwaza’s showcase of Musa by Daudi Kabaka, Serro’s performance of Miriam Makeba’s Hapo Zamani, and Amani Baya’s rendition of Papa Wemba’s Show Me The Way to mention a few.
Overall, the show was well put together and we are definitely attending the next edition.
Photography by Teddy Mitchener