Not too long ago we wrote about the special 55th edition of music event Blankets & Wine in Nairobi. We also promised you a second post with some unique perspectives. If you are not familiar with Blankets & Wine yet or want to refresh your memory, please have a quick look at the first post: DO: Special edition of Blankets & Wine pt I.
It is with great pleasure that we now share with you these amazing photos that were taken during this event especially for Meanwhile in Kenya by extra-ordinary photographer Joe Were aka Jaydabliu (you can find our own interview with/portrait of Joe Were here), as well as an interview with interesting facts from Blankets & Wine’s Wanjiru Gicharu. Hope you enjoy admiring these photos that capture the atmosphere of this day so beautifully and reading the interview.
How did the whole B&W thing start?
WG: Muthoni Drummer Queen CEO of Blankets & Wine, decided to create a platform to expose her music on. She wasn’t satisfied with the events and platforms that were established at the time in 2008, so she decided to take it into her own hands.
You attract a very mixed crowd, why do you think you succeed with that so well?
WG: I think it’s because we’re able to offer something that many other events can’t, authenticity. We offer the best of the best, consistently every single month.
Why is it a day time event?
WG: It’s actually a day and night event. The reason why it starts in the day is because it’s a family-friendly event. B&W isn’t just for adults, its also for children, so they learn more about African creativity and hopefully we inspire them in the interactive environment. At the last event we had an interactive space with five interactive stages curated by incredible independent companies based around the creative industry including: Art, Fashion, Music, Literature, Film and Drum Jam. Alongside this, we had a play area for kids of ages 1 – 10 with face painting, bouncing castles and puppet shows.
How do you choose the artists for Blankets & Wine?
WG: We look for up-and-coming artists who have worked hard and broken through onto radio and now need a music platform to get exposed on.
If you could have a guest appearance from three artists from outside of East Africa or even Africa, that you think fit in to the B&W idea, who would you choose? And apart from B&W, what are your best music experience memories?
WG: Personally, The thirst Band, Etta Bond and London Afrobeat Collective. All from the UK. My own best music experience was 4 days of epic music, time and memories at the UK festival, Bestival.
Have you ever considered taking B&W on tour to the rest of the world?
WG: Maybe one day, that would be awesome! Showcasing these incredible East African talents from the creative industry to the western world. Taking the journey to #DiscoverLoveShare globally is part of our plans and visions for the future of B&W.
Saving the bestest for last… How we love these black-and-white photos… Pure visual poetry. Asante sana Joe for sharing your eyes with MiKE.