How The Inaugural BoomFest Went Down

Boomplay’s ambitious plan to celebrate African music through live festivals kicked off at the inaugural BoomFest Kenya. After months of anticipation, Kenyan music fans packed the A.S.K Dome in Nairobi, ready for a night filled with electrifying performances and a celebration of their homegrown talent.

The night lived up to the hype, exceeding expectations with a powerful display of Kenyan music across various genres. Over 13 top Kenyan artists graced the stage, including household names like Khaligraph Jones, Willy Paul, Boutross, Femi One, and Nameless. Each artist brought their unique style and artistry, showcasing the rich tapestry of music that defines the Kenyan scene.

The energy was electric throughout the night. DJs Lyta and JR kept the crowd buzzing with their pulsating sets, while MCs Mwalimu Rachel and Xclusive expertly navigated the program. BoomFest wasn’t just about the music – sponsors like Infinix, Oraimo, Ayoba, and Ledrad provided activations and fan engagement opportunities, adding to the festive atmosphere.

Martha Huro, Managing Director, East Africa at Boomplay, expressed her delight about the event’s success particularly choosing Kenya for the inaugural BoomFest.  “The Kenyan music industry has immense value.” She said. “And BoomFest’s success proves this potential when stakeholders unite for growth and development.” She added.

The night was further amplified by surprise performances from Teslah, Ndovu Kuu, and Lil Maina, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already energetic crowd.  The highlight for many was seeing the wives of Nameless and Bahati join them onstage, further intensifying the euphoric atmosphere.

BoomFest 2024 was a resounding success, setting the stage for future editions across Africa. It proved the power of African music and the magic that unfolds when artists, fans, and industry stakeholders come together in celebration. 

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