Echoes represent the collaboration between Ethan & Kinoti driven by their shared aspiration to provide their audience with a love-themed event
Love, passion, and musical enchantment filled the air at the “Echoes” concert. This remarkable event, held at the KICC grounds, captivated the hearts of music enthusiasts, couples, and lovers alike, leaving everyone in a state of sentimental bliss.
The event’s planning left much to be desired. Despite the poster’s promise of gates opening at 12 P.M., the actual start time was significantly delayed. A fan complained they got there at 12 exactly (talk of being dedicated) only to get the ticket tag at 3.
The lack of coordination during DJ transitions and welcomes added moments of confusion to the proceedings, affecting the overall flow of the event. Quote and quote; “A little waiting creates suspense, long periods bores people.
I arrived at the show a little late when the train had already left the station. Unsure of what to expect from this pure R&B experience, I went in blank. What unfolded, however, was a night to remember.
The event’s vendors were unnoticeable. They offered a variety of food and drinks, though nothing too extravagant. Nevertheless, the reasonably priced options ensured that attendees were well-fed and hydrated throughout the night. Even the ones that sold Cognac, oh I’m sorry, Konyagi did not disappoint too. I overstepped a little there.
My evening began with a sense of anticipation as we, latecomers rushed to catch up with the already building atmosphere. I got in when MC Gogo was taking the stage with DJ Daffy. Together, they set the stage for a night filled with unforgettable moments.
Maaan, this was the first time I got to see Mc Gogo perform live and I tell you, that guy is who he thinks he is. Hands down, the guy has a cheat code with the crowd.
Speaking of the crowd, the girls understood the assignment. Aaaaah you see your type everywhere you go. And the way they were dressed? Aaaaah just gojias. Beaury!!!! Pengtings you are even shocked a guy somewhere calls them their ex. Lucky for them Wabosha was busy to join me, she would have given them a run for their money.
One thing to note though, the VIP ticket pricing was reasonable but their tent was barely full. Nothing new here, the fun is always in the regular. The VIPs are known to be the more relaxed and calm, wait si we already talked about this when Boyz II Men visited. Anyway, to each their own.
I’m told the event featured three exceptional DJs: DJ Shishi, Nik the DJ, and DJ Daffy handling MC Gogo’s. DJ Shishi, though playing Kenyan music, struggled to ignite the crowd with her set, lacking the warmth and flow expected from a skilled DJ. Someone else wrote they were almost dozing off. In contrast, Nik the DJ came to the rescue and was impressed with his well-curated Kenyan song selection, setting the mood perfectly for the evening’s main acts.
However, when MC Gogo and his team took the stage, the atmosphere turned unexpectedly. On the downfall, despite Gogo’s brilliance, the duo played non-related genres like hip hop and Afrobeats. Some might think they seemed out of sync with the event’s R&B focus, leaving many attendees disappointed. However, their job was to hype the crowd, did they do it? No. They overdelivered.
The heart and soul of “Echoes” lay in the performances. Kinoti, the first of the evening’s main acts, delivered a stunning set that left the audience in awe. His poetic lyrics, coupled with a mesmerizing stage presence, drew the audience into a world of love and emotion.
Ethan, the other half of this dynamic duo, took the stage to thunderous applause from the Ethanal squad. His performance was a masterclass in artistry, featuring storytelling skits and lyrics that perfectly encapsulated the desires of young adults in love.
That was just a teaser. Fans chanted the duo’s favourite songs but they understood the duo was saving the best for last.
As the night wore on the crowd’s energy levels began to wane. Then the wait again. The stage went blank. We knew the two were still working on their performances but the silence and lack of engagement could have been more exciting.
Enter Mc Gogo again. Damn! Have I told you how good this guy is? Dude actually made me want to dance with my two left feet. Only after having half a bottle of Gilbeys do I want to dance.
If Kinoti wanted to, he would have. And he did!
Ethan and Kinoti reappeared, dressed in matching blue suits that set the crowd into a frenzy of admiration. They took the audience on a journey through their most beloved songs, fulfilling the desires of their ardent fans. Kinoti’s rendition of “Nitangoja” and Ethan’s electrifying performance of “Kesho kutwa” sent goosebumps throughout the venue.
The second act was more than just a performance; it was poetic. As they sang their hit songs, the crowd transformed into a formidable choir, collectively expressing their passion for the music.
I’ve never heard Bubu scream that loud, well, except that time she saw that lizard in our kitchen. Is this jealousy speaking? No. Girls cried and sang at the top of their lungs, they lost voices, they were shaking and they blushed. Most importantly, they were happy.
By this time of the second act, mine had already been caught. But what surprised me was a band came forward with trumpets. For a minute I thought Angel Gabriel was on duty and this was it. Goddamnit!
Aaaaah Ethan. Ati ata wakipandisha bei utafika? It’s the confidence for me. Sweet Matunda remains my all-time favourite. Technically, it’s her favorite so that makes it my favorite.
As for the guys, we were mainly standing with coats and purses like scarecrows watching as our beloved girls competed to see who would scream the loudest. We were just breathing heavily, and observing. We were the third wheels in this relationship. Sometimes we could exchange glances with one another and non-verbally communicate, ‘Hang on brother, I feel you’
“Echoes – City of Love” was a beautiful experience that showcased the power of music to unite and connect people. It was a testament to the unwavering support of fans for Kinoti and Ethan, as they transitioned from the free event at Sarit to paid performances.
The concert brought the Sarit Center to a standstill, and it was no different at Echoes, as attendees showed up in droves to witness the magic of these talented artists.
In a country often filled with economically trying times, Echoes – City of Love reminded us of the unifying force of music, the power of love, and the importance of coming together to share moments of beauty and connection.
The whole set-up was done in time, by around midnight. For those that came in pairs, ooh you know the night was just beginning. The mood was set and… no schools have closed and kids are around. We will not talk about that now. All in all, it was a good night I know. Birds and bees.
The difference between poison and medicine is the dosage. Ethan and Kinoti poisoned our ladies.
Long Live the Kindom! Long Live Ethanals.