Reggae and love filled the air as UB40 and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta led revelers in dancing the night away at their concert held at the Carnivore grounds in Nairobi on Saturday night.
After a hectic day attending various functions in Kirinyaga and Meru counties, Uhuru finally lived up to the famous proverb, "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" and so he let loose.
And when the band dropped their signature ‘Red Red wine’ with the lyrics ‘Red, red wine goes to my head / Makes me forget that I/ Still need her so/ Red, red wine/ It's up to you/ All I can do, I've done/ Memories...’ Uhuru sang along word after word.
And as the band kept on unleashing more of their hit songs for instance, ‘‘Cherry oh, cherry oh, baby, don’t you know I'm in love with you? If you don't believe it's true, what else is there for me to do?” the President was a man clearly having the time of his life away from the usual BBI and corruption talk and Cabinet meetings among other issues.
Uhuru was in the company of family members (Daughter Ngina Kenyatta) and friends. A few government representatives like Sports & Culture CS Amina Mohamed and PS Josephta Mukobe were also spotted having fun at the exclusive VVIP tent.
Uhuru’s love for UB 40 goes way back, Uhuru had also attended UB 40’s concert in Kampala, Uganda in February 25th, 2008.
Before the night ended, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who had spent the day in Kitui County leading a BBI consultative forum also arrived to the event, just after the president had left, prompting DJ Lyte to play the famous ‘Nobody Can Stop Reggae’ by the late South Africa’s Lucky Dube.
Raila danced to the tune on stage alongside Kieni MP Kanini Keega, Kanu Secretary Nick Salat and Gender CAS Rachel Shebesh.
The UB40 band known for hits such as Red Red Wine, was formed in 1978 by two brothers Ali and Robin Campbell before differences over managerial issues emerged between them, leading to a split in 2008.
The UK reggae band's ‘Real Labour of Love’ tour was also a celebration of their 40th anniversary in the music industry.