Ugandan folk singer, songwriter and Afro-fusion multi-instrumentalist Giovanni Kremer Kiyingi, will be one of the acts to look out for during the hugely anticipated 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine at the Lugogo Cricket Oval on September 25.
Popular for his multi-instrumentalist skills, Kiyingi plays drums, guitar, harmonica, flute, local Ugandan fiddle (endigidi), conga, adungu, akogo (finger piano), djembe, maracas (rumba music shakers and the calabash.
Kiyingi has performed at major music festivals like the Bayimba International Festival, Pearl Rhythm Festival in Uganda; Santuri Safari Projects Kenyatta University Cultural Exchange, DOADOA, Utam Festival, Sondeka Festival in Kenya and at the Irimba Cultural Festival in Arusha, Tanzania.
Kiyingi has also performed alongside veteran artist Harry Lwanga, Kora Award winner Suzan Kerunen, folk artiste Joel Sebunjo, and also with bands like Ssarabi and Afrigo.
With two albums under his belt namely Essanyu Ly’omufilika (Joy of an African) and his latest Akondeere (Trumpets and Hones), Kiyingi is destined for fame.
“Performing on a platform like the 14th Edition of Blankets and Wine is an entirely different audience. So, I am putting in more studio time to perform my voice, and polishing up with my instrument selection so that my set can be as invigorating as it will be entertaining. Since I only recently dropped a new album (Akondeere) I will be able to maximize the huge numbers here to raise my flag even higher and gain more recognition,” Kiyingi remarked.
Mafikizolo, the multiple award-winning ensemble of South African singing duo Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza will be the lead act at this month’s edition.
Entrance fee is Ugshs100, 000 at the Lugogo Cricket Oval and gates open at12pm on Sunday, 25 September, 2016.