The Koroga Festival 26th edition line up incorporated new age Kenyan music, old school Kenyan sounds, coupled with their African signature style.
Saturday’s acts Ethic Entertainment, Gwaash, Ochungulo Family, KC x Kemboste and Chris Kaiga, as well as some party mood setting DJs, represented the latest addition to the fabric that’s Kenyan music. DJ Joe Mfalme, Jo Kisila, DJ Rouge and DJ Schwaz and MCs Miss Mandii and Nevile were part of the 18 and over Turn Up edition.
Although Saturday’s event was marred with unpleasant accusations by the Ethic group who claimed part of their crew members were treated badly by the security company; the group seemed to have put on a good show and lots of people made their way to Tatu City to see them and the rest of the acts.
On Sunday, the line up featured Zilizopendwa band Them Mushrooms who have been in the business since the 80’s, Genge forefather Jua Kali, the Mugithi Star by night and policeman by day Samidoh and the extraordinary Femi Kuti.
Getting to Tatu City may have been a slightly longer drive but not terrible at all. Accessing the event was rather slow but the long cues were a sign that the venue did not discourage any live music fans from attending.
The Mushroom’s had a chilled set playing their jams like Embe Dodo, Katika and Jambo. When Jua Kali- armed with a band and dancers came on stage the mood was completely different and more hyped and this happened again with Samidoh who was electric and should be on everyone’s radar!!
Femi Kuti was a joy to watch especially on the instruments. He played both the sax and keys interchangeably as he sang and danced his heart out. The performance was long and everyone left satisfied. In between songs the musician and political activist passionately monologued on music and other topics. In his own words, he indeed took us to The New African Shrine in Lagos. Femi who at the press conference said he prefers playing in African countries felt the Kenyan love.
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