Branded as ‘the place to be’, Machakos town has become a great attraction thanks to the magnificent Machakos Peoples’ Park and other attractions. Apart from Naivasha, it is the nearest get-away spot for most Nairobians.
Last Sunday, thousands of showbiz fans drove down to the new go-to town where the Groove Awards with Safaricom tour concert was taking place.
As early as 2pm, the Machakos Peoples’ Park was packed and the concert was already underway with MCs Alemba and Abel firm on the driving seat.
Being the first of the five Groove media tour concerts planned before the gala day on June 1, the show lived up to its great hype with local gospel stars leading the way. In particular, celebrated performer Stephen Kasolo moved the crowd with his hits songs among them Kitole and Yesu Nde Compe, two songs that have made the singer the most popular star in the region.
The Groove nominee did not disappoint as he led his dancers in a well-choreographed performance that got the crowd going wild.
The masses went near ecstatic when gospel rapper Eko Dydda introduced his two singing sons; five-year-old Keep It Real and the two-year-old Am Blessed who charmed everyone with their hit rap song Sunday.
It was the second time the two boys were having a public performance, having made their surprise debut during the Groove Awards nominees’ unveiling ceremony in Nairobi about two weeks ago.
As it would be, their father Eko Dydda who is also a Groove nominee worked the crowd up with some of his popular numbers among them Nina One, Psalm 23 and his new track Vidole.
Having released Mapocho in February this year, Size 8 had a reason to show the crowds that she is still the hottest female gospel singer. She hit the stage running with Jemedari that was received well by the crowd.
And here was Vanity singer Daddy Owen too. The King of Kapungala was one of the most celebrated artiste of the day as he led the crowd in praise and dance as they sang along, line after line, to every of his tracks.
Others present were Guardian Angel but the showstopper was the comical track Bamba Mbaya by Kelele Takatifu that got everyone on their feet after which DJ Sadic got back on the decks.
The second tour will be held in Eldoret this Sunday after which the caravan will move to Karatina before the Groove Award Gala at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
Meanwhile, after performing his new track Toa Tint in a well-attended event at Courtyard, Nairobi, on Saturday night, new king of rap Khaligraph Jones dissed Nigerian music saying 254 (Kenya) is the home of the best rappers.
The rapper did not mince his words as he said time had come for the local showbiz industry to stop idolising Nigerian singers “as we got it going on at the 254”.
“Mimi ni baba yao (loosely translated as ‘I am the boss’),” he said ideally trying to tell off the competition.
The inaugural VIP Special Saturdays gig organised by showbiz beauty Ruth Mueni who also doubles as a radio host was attended by among others Pacho Records boss Naiboi and Amos of Amos and Josh.
“This will be a weekly gig that will feature top stars. We just want to make it a VIP treat for our customers,” said Brian Bogonko, the manager, Courtyard Grill.