Jameson brought the whiskey but Kenyans brought the party to the Jameson Connects Kenya concert

Jameson Connects Kenya

The best adjective to describe the Jameson Connects Kenya concert would be energetic. By the time the night was done there wasn’t a single beverage or item on any table left standing. The applause and cheering were so thunderous that if you had been standing in the VIP tent at the time you would have thought Kenya was experiencing a minor earthquake.

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The Jameson concert, which was sold out by the time the event was taking place on Saturday, was not all about the music. From the entrance to the designated area manned by heavy security, it was clear that Jameson intended this to be more about the experience, for both the audience and the performers.

The football guests who happened to be at the event by 8.30 pm were rewarded by a screening of the Manchester versus Arsenal game on the screens set up all over the area. Whether that was planned or had happened by happenstance is yet to be determined. Away from the game, there were tents set up for food, a body art area, a beauty tent where ladies could get their makeup done and multiple bars to order your beverages from.

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Jameson Connects Kenya

The Jameson connects Kenya concert had two headlining acts Nasty C (South Africa) and Ty Dolla Sign (America). The two are best known for bangers like ‘Particula’ – Nasty C’s collaboration with Jidenna, Patoranking, Ice Prince, Major Lazer and DJ Maphorisa – and ‘Work from home’ – Ty’s collaboration with Fifth Harmony.  The two musicians had flown in two days prior to the event and met the media at a press briefing at the Fairmont Hotel. Although the two acts are big in their own countries as well as in Kenya, as witnessed by the sold out tickets, it was our own local artists and deejays who set the tone for the night.

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Octopizzo performs at the Jameson Concert

By the time the concert was beginning at around 9.30 pm the energy in the main arena was palpable, an atmosphere created by the talented DJ Kace. When the first artist, Kagwe Mungai, came on stage the audience was ready. The crowd clapped and danced to Taurus Music’s Kagwe Mungai and Fena Menal’s performance and hailed the King of number nane, Octopizzo, when he came out wearing his crown.

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The crowd welcomed Barack Jacuzzi when he was introduced by Octopizzo and called out for the Kansoul while bobbing their heads to every song sung.

When Khaligraph Jones made it on stage – in a casket, mind you, because “mazishi ni ile ile” – there wasn’t a single person seated. The audience paid respect to the OG by singing along and giving thunderous applause to every song he performed.

By the time the headlining acts, Nasty C and Ty Dolla sign, made it on stage the fire had been fully stocked by the local artists. The audience was still dancing, 3 hours later, when Nasty C performed ‘Particula’. Nasty C was so overwhelmed and moved by the audience’s reception that he later shared his experience on social media.

The crowd was still cheering and applauding on its feet when Ty Dolla showed up and the screams were at an all-time high when he lost his shirt.

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Jameson Connects Kenya

Ty was so surprised by the reception that he tweeted;

All things considered, if the Jameson Connects Kenya concert was all about the experience then they delivered, for both the performers and the audience. Feel like you missed out? You’ve still got a chance, next year.


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