On their debut performance at Diani, new sensation band Toto Afrique’s keys, sultry and angelic voice would usher in an array of lined up deejay sets, and live bands set under the pre Jamhuri Monday night skies party. They oozed greatness on that stage and somehow, we knew they would deliver; and why not? With the pressure of having been picked to open for Sauti Sol on their backs, they had to.
With over 400 local and international skydivers, Day three daytime skies were covered by an array of different divers jumping from planes and landing on the sandy beaches of Diani Beach Club – Safari Alliance Hotel.
From the sand to the keys. Back to the performances, Toto Afrique paving way for Lavosti and The Roots Connection Band, their touch of Roots Reggae, was a crowd’s favourite. From sing-along reggae covers to their own compositions, Lavosti and the Roots Connection Band’s music delivery is cool, relaxing, intimate, sensual and romantic, new and young. At one point, the crowd almost drowns them while singing along to Bob Marley’s One Love.
Picking up from the musical remedy they injected into the audience last night, The Beathogs band are up next. Ever the charmer, the band does not disappoint. The band’s musical offering punches well above thanks to the diverse influences it has acquired over the years. One would expect them to be fatigued having played the previous night, but their energy on that stage was second to none.
Foozak and Suraj rekindle their dynamic afro-house sound once again at Diani Beach Festival before ushering the main acts of the night. Anyone who knows Sauti Sol and their band does not need to have been keeping close watch on their social media feeds to know that they have over the years metamorphosed into a masterpiece in terms of live performances. It sounds like it.
A small band accompaniment this time round, everything was explosive. From their choice of outfits, to the stage props—heck, they even shared the stage with their favourite female fans.
The performance was nothing short of an experience of their journey shared on stage with their diehard fans and new fans. From their first ever single, to their new chart-topping release, Melanin alongside Patoranking, they left their all on that stage. If it was dancing, they danced to the well-choreographed moves that were in sync with their vocals delivery on stage.
With nothing but Sauti Sol’s fabulousness on stage, those close to the stage would later say that Bien Aime’s bald head was literally ‘steaming’ every time he sang. And no, it was not those smoke effects they use on stage.
Sauti Sol, all satisfied would in one accord bow and give thanks for their fans. But the party was not over! DJs Hypnotiq, Gloria Ansell and Sunman took to the decks for the after party, playing till sunrise.
This December, FOMO goes to another level as the much-anticipated East Africa’s premiere music and entertainment festival, Diani Beach Festival (DBF) locks down Diani Beach Club – Safari Alliance Hotel, right on the beach, from December 9, 2017, till January 2, 2018.
And one event you can’t afford to miss is the most anticipated wgLIVE X showcase (29th December) featuring Barak Jacuzzi, Steph Kapela, Taio, Shappaman, EA Wave, Marushka and Meka. DJs across all events will include Suraj, Lee The Deejay, Beng Beng, Riz, Kace, Pierra, Wiebe and Hypnotiq, among others. Famous cocktail mixologist, Eric Adinaev, from Moscow is also at DBF to spin out the best of Hennessy Cocktails, providing a luxurious experience at the sip of your glass.
When all is said and done, Sauti Sol’s performance was one ‘for the ages!’