Wasafi Festival, Mombasa Edition as it happened.

As early as Christmas Day uncontainable hype was brought about by NRG Radio (the organizers) of this well publicized event. The branded motorcade comprised of a Range Rover Sport, on which Diamond was spotted sticking his head on the sunroof, a sleek BMW, and a couple of unspecified high-end luxury cars in which celebrities set to perform in the festival rode on. The motorcade brought most activities in the vast region of the city of Mombasa to a halt.

The NRG motorcade that brought business to a standstill in the coastal city.

All this done in the bid of promoting the event that was to happen on Boxing Day at Mbaraki Sports Ground from 6pm and scheduled to run till dawn. The line-up of celebrities set to perform included Diamond Platnumz himself, Harmonize, Rayvanny, Mbosso, Lava Lava, Queen Darleen..all being  Tanzanian artists signed under Wasafi Records. The latter were pitted against Kenyan music powerhouses in the likes of Khaligraph Jones (won best African rapper AFRIMA award), Naiboi, Arrow Bwoy, Timmy T-Dat, Susumila, Dazla. A crazy set of talent packed singers-songwriters accompanied by professional dancing crews alongside MC Jalango, comedian Fred Omondi and notable NRG Radio hosts. In a nutshell, almost every music genre was represented.

D-day dawned on us and all residence of 001 appeared to be headed for the Fiesta taking place at Mombasa Sports Club situated along Mnazi Moja Rd, Ganjoni. Gates to the venue opened at 6pm as per the schedule as people started streaming in both the V.I.P and regularly designated gates thick and fast. The admission process was like no other, fast, as swarms of security personnel made sure there was no snag during the whole process. Once you made your way in, the sight of a magical stage set up from a distance was enough to leave your jaw dropping and right then and there you would know you were in for a treat of a lifetime! The sound system accentuated by the bubbly playlist courtesy of the event’s DJs covered the whole spot aptly just to set you in the right mood.

Harmonize on stage during his performance

Susumila, our very own musical act from the humble neighborhood of Kisauni alongside Dazla went up on stage and tore it down with a brief yet lit performance. Jalang’o, badass comedian was the emcee for the night, who thrilled the audience with his wits and comic prowess all through the event.

An electrifying performance by the sultry Queen Darleen from WCB then followed as she called on some fans to the stage as she gyrated to her tune while letting the male dancers grind up on her in an effort to drive the crowd wild and it worked!

Rayvanny joins Khaligraph Jones aka Papa Jones on stage.

Shortly after ‘Baba Theirs’ a.k.a Khaligragh Jones went on stage and got the whole crowd behind him in terms of repping Kenya’s rap music scene. Timmy T-dat followed Khali’ just to remind people of how our country is brimming with certified entertainers.

Moments later Lava Lava and Mbosso took to stage as the crowd got carried away singing along to every lyric their respective tunes are comprised of. After a thrilling set by the Wasafi duo the emcee gave way to the ‘Fire Waist’ hit maker Harmonize. The hit maker later after his Tsunami of a performance gave out a clue on who was up next on stage, but had to intro Rayvanny first and together make way for the most successful musician in Eastern Africa currently.

“Simba Simba Simba!” Every soul had to pay homage to the main act of the event by chanting his moniker as ‘Chibu Dangote’ a.k.a Mr. Platnumz, graced the stage. Donned in a blue tracksuit that came with glitters on it and a crazy set of jewelry for neck pieces backed up by a pro- dance crew pulling off amazing stunts, Simba made it memorable.

Diamond Platnumz dances on stage during his performance

Diamond’s performance got boosted midway as he called back on stage his WCB counterparts help him perform hits they’ve featured together in namely ‘Mwanza’ and ‘Jibebe’.  Chibu also performed with Harmonize on their infamous hit single ‘Kwangwaru’ and as soon as Diamond got off stage Rayvanny hopped back on it. He took where Diamond left it at and made sure Chibu’s departure wasn’t felt as his hit song ‘Chombo’ got the whole crowd in formation doing the ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance.

Later on, our own musical genius from Pacho Records- Kenya, Naiboi, took to stage and wowed the crowd that was already beat following the endless runs of performances that preceded his performance. “Let’s bring it back to the 254, na tuko tu Pacho kwani boss iko nini!”…Such an intro was enough to breathe in new life back to the crowd by switching from bongo-flava to music genres associated with the local scene. Naiboi served as the closing act of the music powerhouses featured, who pretty much wrapped the event up and after his breath-taking event he left the crowd in the-more-than capable hands of NRG Radio DJs as they ushered in the dawn. Such a wonderful Christmas present Mombasa County got to unwrap on Boxing Day!

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He is a a senior content developer at Tsavo Media Group, a writer inspired by life at large and cool vibes. He is equally a key travel and destinations reviwer.

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