All roads led to the Mombasa Golf Club this past weekend,where the much anticipated Mombasa Rocks Festival was to take place.Thousand of fans attended the event which was interesting to watch.The Mombasa Golf Club setup was quite something to behold,as the golf course is based on an island overlooking the Indian Ocean,plus the various vendors and media partners had setup their tents on the grounds.The show which was supposed to kickoff by 2pm,didn’t start until about 7:45pm due to soundchecks and everything technical,which had to be sorted out late into the afternoon.
Dj Eazi started his deejay mixes,as MC’s Jamal Gaddafi and Jalango hyped up the crowd while dancing onstage.They did this for about an hour before the first act Jay A came onstage to perform his hit songs ‘Dumbala’,’Gello’,’Pita Nawe’,’Dont Stop’ and ‘On Me’ for about twenty minutes.Nazizi then came and performed songs like ‘Kenyan Girl Kenyan Boy,’Tension’,’Jump and Shout’ plus launched her new song.She performed for about 20 minutes then there was another mix by Dj Eazi for about 10 minutes.Then at about 10pm Navio from Uganda took to the stage to perform his hit songs ‘Njogereza’,’Kata’,’Something About You’ and afew other songs.The crowd sang and danced to all his songs.Thereafter the Mombasa Allstars dance crew performed for like 10 minutes then DJ Eazi took over the decks as Shaffie Weru,Jalango,Amina Abdi and Jamal Gaddafi hyped up the crowd.At about 10:20pm Vanessa Mdee was then called to the stage and had quite an impressive performance.She did her hit songs ‘Niroge’,’Game’,’Nobody But Me’,’Me and You’ and was accompanied by her male dancers.She wasn’t meant to be performing at the concert due to some terms in the contract that couldn’t be met by the organizers but Joho helped her to sort that out at the very last minute.
The Dabs Company dance crew also performed and were received well by the crowd.There was a stint where the crowd were kept on their feet for a whole hour,becoming agitated and frustrated as to when Ali Kiba would come onstage,as they tried to dance,sit on the ground,fight each other and become impatient.Dj Eazi really tried to keep them on their feet but it didnt work.
At about 11:55pm,Wizkid took to the stage backed up for the first time by a live band.He sang ‘Ojuelegba twice’,’Roll Up’,’Show Mi Di Money’,’Slow Down’,’Final(Baba Nla)’,’Back To Di Matter’ and ‘In My Bed’.It was a different approach as compared to his past performances,and he has definately grown musically plus he ended up performing for about 20 minutes.Dj Eazi then did another mix as Ali Kiba came onstage to do ‘Mac Muga’ and ‘Aje’,which didnt go down well with the crowd as it was too short.
Chris Brown’s technical team then setup the stage and removed the instruments plus dj turntables in preparation for the show,while Chris Brown waited in his secluded tent backstage.At about 12:55am he came on with a cartoon image on the screens doing graffiti on the walls and walking down the streets of Brooklyn.He danced and sang for about one hour twenty minutes backed up by his two white male dancers,rap-singing hit songs like ‘Forever’,’Back To Sleep’,’Liquor’,’Deuces’,’Grass Aint Greener’,’Take You Down’,’Strip’,’All Eyes On You’,’Zero’,’Drunk Texting’,’Ayo’,’International Love’,’How Many Times’,’Dont Judge Me’, ‘Look At Me Now’,’Rehab’,’Take It To The Head’,’Like Moses’,’With You’,’She Aint You’,’Rehab’,’Main Chick’,’Wrist’,’Show Me’,three new songs from his latest album, then ended with ‘Loyal’ with confetti and colored smoke machines to crown his performance.Each of his songs had backdrop videos and interludes,as he changed clothes and danced his heart out to the delight of his fans.
At some point there was a technical hitch with his microphone after the first five songs,where the crowd noticed that he was lip syncing,and when he realized that,he kept singing and dancing like nothing happened.He was then whisked away in his convoy,as people tried to crowd his tent and the car for chances of hoping to meet him,but he declined and security detail kept them at bay.Ali Kiba then took to the stage five minutes later and danced with Hassan Joho onstage for about twenty minutes performing songs like ‘Tcheketcha’,’Cinderella’,’Mapenzi Yana Run Dunia’ and ‘Mwana’.There were beautiful fireworks that lighted the night sky at about 2:30am,then the music was turned off at about 3am for people to clear the premises.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s son and Ali Punjani(Mombasa’s biggest business tycoon and drug lord) were in attendance,with expensive cars parked in the car park.It was a great night out despite the few issues that occured and people enjoyed the show.Mo Sound Events did the stage setup ,while Blaze from Safaricom had a silent disco.VVIP was quite nice with Lounge seats on the left side of the stage,with Belvedere,Hennessy Artistry and Moet and Chandon serving cocktail drinks the whole night.The Vip section just had vendors selling food and drinks to the right side of the stage.