Day 2 Review – Diani Beach Festival 2017: We Chilled, Jammed and Grilled

Day two of the Diani Beach Festival on Sunday 11th December was a rather chill affair! What’s Good Networks extensive coverage of the festival continues…

The sunny day’s activities remain a skies affair as the Skydivers powered by Sky Dive Diani took to the air, jumping and landing in spectacular photo finishes at the beach. 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.

The evening sundowner kicked off the scheduled Chill and Grill event. As we made our way to the stage, Sky Dive Diani’s Sky Monks band were punching the night away. The Diani based band manages to pull the crowd once again.

Barbecued meals and accompaniments tower the menu today. The atmosphere is balanced. Every instrumentalist sound great. The backup vocalists tower the open-air venue with their angelic voices. The backdrop, dramatic and the lighting is quite amazing.

And once again, music lovers, young and old rise to their feet when Tetu Shani and his band take to the stage. With a soundtrack of Mood Music, perhaps a first listen to many down here, Shani manages to incorporate the crowd in his performance.

Fellow musicians from The Beathogs band and even the new sensation, Elvis Who, standing in the middle of the crowd nod in modest, urging him on. Once in while they manage to invoke a few dance steps here and there to the delight of the crowd.

And once again Tetu Shani’s impeccable performance wins a new set of fans over before paving way for the sensational Elvis Who and the rather seasoned Alisha Poppat. Rocking an Ankara laced t-shirt with matching Ankara shoes, Elvis Who and Alisha Poppat attract a mixed audience of both male and female, young and old who have the pop music lyrics they are covering tonight memorized word perfect: at one point, the sound of them shouting along to his lines on “Despacito” threatens to drown him out entirely. He pauses and almost in tears, just sucks the energy from the crowd, before breaking down into a dance move.

The duo’s delivery is dramatic and gripping. Not to mention, most of the beats he was using on stage he had to create them first thing he arrived in Diani since their instrumentalist could not make it for the concert.

Their exit from the stage would see Poppat point to a band called Toto Afrique and MJ and charge the crowd to keep their eyes on them since they are the next big thing!

The Beathogs band are up next. Ever the charmer, the band dos not disappoint. The band’s musical offering punches well above thanks to the diverse influences it has acquired over the years.

From a Moet influencers’ brunch earlier today (watch it below!) hosted by Luxury and PR Consultant, Lucia Musau, at The Sanrosa, to swimwear designer, Ohana’ beach sundowner shoot, day two did live up to its expectations.

Diani Beach Festival (DBF) opening presents a series of world-class concert performances including the MTV award winners, Best Group in Africa, Sauti Sol who jetted in today fresh from delivering a majestic performance at Koroga Festival’s 20th anniversary, set to light up the performance stage later on toady, December 11th, 2017.

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, Wijje 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.



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