Music – This is What It was Like at The GoDown Gig June Edition

Music - This is What It was Like at The GoDown Gig June Edition

We return to Dunga Road’s best kept secret, The Go Down Arts Centre for the monthly series, The GoDown Gig, featuring Nankoma, singer and song writer from Uganda, The Red Acapella, an urban folk Kenyan band and Winyo, whose style is heavily influenced by the old style of benga.

Nairobi KenyaTo experience an obsessively dug up interesting live music sounds for truly adventurous audiences, Saturday afternoon at Dunga Road’s The Go Down Arts Centre is the place to be.

Music - This is What It was Like at The GoDown Gig June Edition

Sandra Nankoma brought the melanin sassyness on stage

 

The GoDown Gig, whether you like to dive down genre rabbit holes or simply want to lean back and discover something new, offered that perfect weekend escape, enlightening, entertaining and possibly even shaking up our listening habits.

Enlightening was perhaps the sounds of Ugandan Afro-soul and jazz songstress Sandra Nankoma, riding heavy on her 2018 debut album Ye’nze (It’s me). Her performance package on stage, soulful and jazzy revolved around the songs of love, dark skinned women, politics and daily struggles.

Shaking up our listening habits was The Red Acapella. Already amongst the crowd in low unofficial tones was word that H_Art The Band would join them on stage. And true to their word, they gave their fans a fantastic live show.  Their stage performance theatrics always one of unrestrained joy, together with H_Art The Band, they chanted the beats that lifted the spirits and made the people want to move, jump and sing, tena na tena (once more, again and again) – truly the heartbeat of the crowd.

Music - This is What It was Like at The GoDown Gig June Edition

H_Art The band and Red Acapella

Closing the entertaining evening was one, Winyo. The man whose voice has been likened to the melody of a singing bird, echoed into the hearts of the revelers. Weaving through the crowds, his music floated on the older crowd even as the young millennials tried to catch a glimpse of the wave.

The Godown Art Centre brings artists and audiences together in ways that refresh, challenge and inspire. And towards end of this year, this old space is set to be demolished to pave way to a modern art space in a project dubbed #GoDownTransforms.

The GoDown Gig June edition marked the start of the Nai Ni Who Festival. Nai Ni Who? An exploration of Nairobi, Celebrates the good, the bad and the possibilities. The Nairobi communities and ‘hoods’ each have a unique aspect about them; an identity that stands out while at the same time contributing to the character of Kenya’s major city, Nairobi. It’s a celebration and conversation about our beloved city.

Music - This is What It was Like at The GoDown Gig June Edition

Winyo on stage

Photo credits: Ambrose Mburu \ GoDown Arts Centre

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