The Yetu Festival went down at the Ngong Racecourse Waterfront Grounds. With lots of food and drinks, the ambiance was perfect for a Saturday evening. The event, which was organized by Radio Africa Group, was the first of its kind and there was a lot of anticipation from the crowd and distinguished guests. It was done to honor the best in Kenyan entertainment as well as appreciate our Kenyan culture.
The huge stage was done by Homeboyz Entertainment with great lighting and sound. There were names of streets like Koinange Street, Banda Street, Moi Avenue and Kenyatta Avenue. There were food vendors who were also selling nyama choma, chicken and ugali.
The MCs for the night were Shaffie Weru, Chipukeezy, Larry Asego, Adelle Onyango and Nick Odhiambo. Special guests in attendance included Dan ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki, Grace Msalame and Shamillah Kiptoo.
Dj Hypnotiq took to the decks at 6pm to set the pace for the event followed by Esther Wahome who performed songs like ‘Kuna Dawa’.
The Mushrooms came onstage and performed songs like ‘Fish and Chips’ and a few others taking us down memory lane. Kidum then came onstage to perform his hit songs like ‘Sherekea’, ’Energy’, ’Haturudi Nyuma’, ’Moja’, ’Shamba’, ’Mungu Anaweza’, ’Nitafanya’, ’Mulika Mwizi’ amongst others. Rhumba Japan were up next but failed to impress the crowd with their rhumba music and four female dancers doing their famous lingala moves.
Amos and Josh were performing for the very first time at a major event and were quite impressive. They had the Sarakasi Allstar dancers, as well as a belly dancer and snake charmer. They performed songs like ‘Nerea’ which was a reggae rendition, they did ‘Baadaye’ dedicating it to all our fallen soldiers like Poxi Presha, Lady S, Grace Makosewe, Achieng Abura, E-sir, Mighty King Kong, K-rupt and Mzee Ojwang amongst others. They also did the song ‘Dansi Na Mi’ among est many other hit songs.
The phenomenal Fena Gitu then took to the stage doing songs like ‘Brikicho’,’Jabulani’, ’Do It Dutch’, ‘Phenomenal Woman’ and a few other songs. She was backed up by a live band. Ken Wa Maria and Onyi Papa Jey performed next but their presence was not felt that much as the crowd were tired and bored since they spent quite some time on their sets.
Eric Wainaina also did not impress the crowd as he took too long onstage and was interrupted by a power cut in the middle of his performance which was unlike him. Wyre The Love Child really performed well and energized the crowd who had almost given up on the event and had already started walking out of the venue. He performed with a live band and was joined by Mike Rua onstage.
With a handful of people left, Nameless did a mashup performance with Kleptomaniax and Mr. Lenny which was a first time in a long time. They all did their hit songs backed up by dancers and a live band. They paid tribute to the late E-sir. Collo performed his new gospel hit song ‘Bazokizo’ which really impressed the crowd. Nyashinski ended the show on a high note by performing his new hit song ‘Mungu Pekee’ and ‘Now You Know’.
In between the performances were deejay mixes from the likes of Deejay John Rabar, Dj Kym and DJ Xclusive. The event brought alot of nostalgia for lovers of Kenyan music and food.