Was the Mombasa Rocks Music Festival, the biggest musical event of the year? Yes. Will it be talked about for a long time? I’ll tell my grandchildren that I went, saw and had the time of my life. Billed as East Africa’s biggest event to date, the show drew audiences from Nairobi and as far as Tanzania and Uganda for a mind blowing celebration of music.
The Mombasa Rocks Music Festival was nothing short of mind blowing. Bringing together Africa’s biggest acts – Vanessa Mdee, Ali Kiba and Wiz Kid to perform on one stage was no small fete. Chris Brown was another case.
The show kicked off with Nazizi performing her legendary hit songs, ‘Bless My Room‘, ‘Kenyan Boy’ among others that brought back memories of my days in primary school. Ugandan rapper, Navio, then took to the stage, thrilling fans with ‘Njogereza‘, ‘Kigozi’ and more.
Kicking off her performance with ‘Niroge’, Vanessa Mdee was nothing short of entertaining. Bringing her show to life with her dancers, Vanessa Mdee brought the house down, leaving the fans yearning for more.
With the hype building up and the anticipation for more clearly visible, Wizkid, stormed onto the stage, gold microphone in hand and about half a dozen diamond necklaces around his neck. Performing a medley of his hits from Ojuelegba, Pull Over and more, the crowd went into a craze singing and dancing along to his tunes.
When Ali Kiba, aka King Kiba went on stage, the atmosphere was electric. Backed up by his dancers, Ali Kiba set the crowd ablaze performing the likes of ‘Aje‘, ‘Nagharamia’, ‘Chekecha Cheketua‘ and more, gearing up the fans for more.
At exactly 1 am, Chris Brown took the stage, sending the crowd into a frenzy. The award winning singer/rapper who broke into the limelight at an early age of 16 with ‘Run It‘ and later on, ‘Loyal‘, ‘Zero‘, ‘Grass Ain’t Greener‘ and more brought his acclaimed, One Hell Of A Nite Tour to Mombasa. Hitting high notes and tearing the stage apart with his dance moves from start to finish was nothing short of breathtaking. Here are some pictures from the night.
Images courtesy of Gallery Khateli.