After 38 years of entertaining Ugandans, Afrigo Band seems to have perfected the adage, “Wine gets better with age.”
Headlining at the sixth edition of Blankets and Wine in Kampala on Sunday July 6th, 2014, Afrigo Band, arguably Uganda’s most recognizable band, showed that it has not lost even an ounce of the enthusiasm it started with over three decades ago.
The Band took to the stage, thrilling revelers with hits likea man is just a man (Garnett Silk), Just friends, Diana (Philly Lutaaya) before Joanita Kawalya also rocked the audience with Jim. Moses Matovu’s Maria that got the crowd pairing up and turning the gardens into one big dance floor. Afrigo Batuuse and Sikulimba
The crowd, a blend of young and old, Kampala socialites like Judith Heard, Sylvia Awori, Gaetano, and Prince Junju enjoyed every beat of the tunes played.
A quarterly, picnic style music festival, Blankets and Wine is proudly sponsored by Tusker Malt Lageralongside other partners. Tusker Malt Lager is 100%Malt and 100% African and aims at giving consumers a premium experience by showcasing our very own African Talent and LIVE performances by a wide array of artists.
Prior to the captivating Afrigo Band performance, a rich line up of best upcoming afro-pop musicians; Irene Ntale, Richy and Novelle Band wetted the appetite of the revelers who had converged at the Uganda Museum Grounds.
Novelle Band excited the crowd with their diverse genre of music; David ‘mute’ strumming away at his electric guitar with such skill and mastery that awed the crowd. Irene Ntale, famous for her Gyoberahit then leaped onto the stage, singing her heart out before capping off her performance with the song that has captivated Uganda’s airwaves; Gyobera. Her vocals amplified by the impeccable sound system was such a marvel.
By the time Afrigo hit the stage, revelers were already at their feet, anticipating the band’s soothing sounds that have dominated Uganda’s airwaves for over three decades.
Speaking during the unveiling of Tusker Malt as the Sponsor prior to the event, Brand Manager, Phoebe Nakabazzi said that there was need to acknowledge the importance that music plays in impactingpeople’s lives, shaping their opinions and recording their history.
She added that this was what informed their decision while selecting Afrigo Band as the main act.
She stated, “One thing that makes Afrigo stand out is the fact that they have given the entire Ugandan music industry an identity, thereby, becoming ambassadors of the industry and also the fact that their music too tackles social issues, particularly poverty and the AIDS epidemic responsible for so much misery in Uganda”.