Despite a heavy storm that saw the gig stage rig torn apart on the roof top of the Mall, the intended venue for PLG’s launch event last Saturday night, ParkingLotGrass with the support of their fans and friends went ahead to deliver a powerful performance in support of their just released EP, “Shimo Mfukoni“.
It was an eventful night and had it not been for the bad weather that came over Nairobi that night, it may have bordered on epic. With great assistance from the sound team of Rock Audio led by Mark Mwanyigha (front-man of Nairobi-based Christian rock band, Rock of Ages), the event that could easily have been cancelled, was salvaged as new equipment was brought in and the gig moved two levels down. With fans who displayed god-like patience, their spirits not dampened by the weather, it was only fitting that the show must go on.
Graffiti artist, Billy, got started on a live piece for the event and that was a welcome sight as few, if any, had seen a graffiti showcase before. Dove Slimme took to the stage first, opening the show with a good mix of covers and original material including their 2012 single, “Yelele” that got the crowd off their seats. The Claymore Project came on next and played a fully original set. DJ Switch was on the decks with a good mix of metal and rock all through and in between sets to keep heads banging.
At about half past 1am in the night, PLG took to the stage. Vocalist, Raphael Sipalla, thanked everyone who had stayed that long and apologized for the inconveniences that were beyond the band’s control before setting out into a set that ran close to 3am. ParkingLotGrass also took the opportunity to play some brand new material that they had been working on in the build up to the gig. Two new original tracks, “Rain Man” and “Snake Skin” featured on the band’s set list for the night.
The “shimo Mfukoni” EP is available now through the band. Stores and supporting outlets will be announced.