Having spent most of my weekend indoors, I was really looking forward to stepping out on Sunday evening for the Village Linkup at the Alchemist. Nothing like great music and positive vibes to start off the week, right?
The lineup of artists set to take the stage already had me hoping for a great evening. With names like Blinky Bill, Mikel Ameen, Muthoni the Drummer Queen, Fena Music, Barak Jacuzzi, Kerby and Taio Tripper, I believed my hopes were more than justified.
Walking in to the Alchemist, Erykah Badu was blazing through the speakers setting the vibe for what lay ahead. I got there at around half past six, bought some water and found a table with a great view of the stage.
The gig kicked off on time with Taio on the decks with a set of jams from various genres that somehow maintained the chilled vibe that greeted my ears as I got to the venue.
There’s something about the Alchemist and its mix of the different elements of Nairobi culture. As one of the performers pointed out, it feels like a melting pot of the many facets of Nairobi creative vibe, liberal culture and people from all corners of the globe.
Considering the next day was a Monday, I thought we would be done by around 10pm which turned out to be naïve line of thought. Fena got on stage around that time and I pushed back the voice telling me I had to go to work in the morning. I am a big fan of her music and she brought it with the few jams she got to perform.
Muthoni brought fire to the stage singing songs both old and new. Even though it was a small set, she got the crowd bumping and her backup dancers were on point. She left the stage for Mikel Ameen who got us jumping to his tracks with support from member of his World Changers crew.
By this time, looking at my watch, it was well past midnight but my heart was set on seeing the gig through and getting the chance to listen to Blinky.
Trust me, it was worth it in the end.
He got into his set with a collaboration he had recently done with music powerhouse Nneka and had the audience, myself included, on the floor ready for more music. By the time he was winding up it was somewhere close to one in the morning but you’d think it was way earlier by the way the crowd was asking him to go on.
All in all, it was a wonderful event and I am really glad I left the house.