Last Thursday night marked the second edition of Ballantine’s X BoilerRoom True Music here in Kenya, and it was a no brainer it’d be an all Gengetone affair owing to the rise of the music genre in the country.
This year’s event saw a line-up of artists Ochungulo Family, DJ Lyta, Boondocks Gang, DJ Kalonje, Rico Gang, DJ Tryce and Femi One entertain the audience to their latest music.
In its 2018 debut in Kenya, Ballantine’s True Music event, featured artists with a variety of sounds ranging from afro-house, electro dance and hip-hop. The 2020 edition opted to focus on the Gengetone genre.
The venue, TreeHouse also known as International Life Casino as we came to know was an amazing choice; the abandoned outdoor set up was on brand.
The music lovers started streaming to the secret invite only event as soon the sunset oozed palpable party energy. Even the outfits screamed I am here to DANCE!!!
Guest international deejay, DJ Huilly, kicked off the music playing some great transformed mixes feat songs like Lamba Lolo and Wamlambez. Next on stage was Dj Tryce and Kwambox who took us to Naija before playing some Gengetone. The live performances were a bit all over the place but Femi One who I had never seen live before was a fave. DJ Lyta and Kalonjee were also a highlight.
BoilerRoom experiences never disappoint and the Gengetone edition was one for the books.
“The gengetone genre is pushing boundaries, challenging the norm and their audiences are positively responding. We are glad that through the Ballantine’s X Boiler Room True Music partnership, we are able to spotlight such talents and help showcase them on a global platform” noted Tom Elton, Global Head of Music, Ballantine’s.
Ballantine’s bars served some yummy cocktails to quench our thirsts. Since partnering in 2013; Boiler Room and Ballantine’s have explored and celebrated the stories of more than 30 local music scenes from across three different continents.
Images: Charles Kinyanjui/Riverwood Communications
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