It was the first of its kind and something like bringing down Miami to Nairobi, as per the sponsor Basco Paints of Dura Coat’s Marketing Manager Altaf Jiwa said. This concert was called Pro.Gres.Sive and was produced by Farrah Nurani with the concept of celebrating Kenyan music and art through African Eastern and Western music.
Aaron Colverson directed the compositions and the lead singers included Asali, backed by Harleen Matharu and Rapasa. Asali also sang a song for the Members of Parliament called “hodi hodi” written by her. The live band ensemble was made up of tabla player Prasad Velnakar, bass guitar Andrew Ngatia, percussionist Charles Obuya Owino, acoustic guitar Nathan Okite, flute Kirit Pattni, santoor Mohan Shah and percussionist Eric Okite. Believe it or not it all happened on Saturday 8th June night at the Kenya National Theatre, under the beautiful tree that pours down magnificently in the garden. During the concert there was a live painting or great wall of paint and graffiti being completed by “Bank Slave” and Bhupi Jethwa, which took almost 7 hours to do.