The Beauty and Delight that was The Le Vin, July Edition, Nairobi, Kenya

All lovers start out the same way. We are moved by the simple fact of tasting wine. There is something in wine that captures our attention. It could be the aroma, the texture on your palate, or just the moment frozen in time that leaves you wanting a repeat experience.

Saturday, 22nd of July, was such a day. Le Vin brought the wine experience to the people at The Curragh Irish Pub, Ngong Race Course, Nairobi, Kenya.

Melissa Mwende, the founder of Little Wine Basket, made sure that she delivered the best experience despite the fact that she was overbooked. No one was left out. The event was very relaxing thanks to the soothing music that complemented the atmosphere and just right for intimate and friendly conversation.  

Now don’t get me started on the meal plan. I liked how keen the food was selected to match perfectly with the wine. It was literally a match made in heaven.

The Pairing

Vegetable skewers with raita (onions, bell pepper, zucchini, and tomatoes) were paired with Excelsior Carbernet Sauvignon while grilled tilapia was paired with Excelsior purebred red and purebred white.

Grilled lamb chops with green salad went really well with Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and purebred red. The starter was bread and cheese paired with Excelsior sweet Chardonnay vinegar SVC.

Most of the people we interviewed really loved the Tilapia option. Most were surprised by the perfect pairing and had no idea fish would go that well with wine. Honestly, neither did I.

Learning from the Expert

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Posted by Little Wine Basket on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

Sommelier Juan Cambil, with over 20 years in wine experience, took us through the process of tasting wine, evaluating it, and successfully eliminating all hints of oenophobia – the fear of wine. He made understanding wine so easy and fun!

Some of the things he made me realize is that, just like food, your initial taste of wine definitely starts with your eyes. The color tells you a lot about the wine. I also learned that when looking at wine, hold out the glass and tilt it a bit and you can actually notice the depth of color to the center of the glass.

A variety of wines were also served at the Le Vin event. However, my best was Cabernet Sauvignon. I loved  the dark concentrate and rich aroma. I love wines with such depth of flavor. Juan taught us how to swirl, smell and sniff the wine which helps provoke your taste buds. Your sense of smell is very strong and helps you discern more aromatic complexities of wine.

The knowledge of wine ingrained in Juan’s system was quite impressive. It was quite thoughtful of Melissa  and delightful to the rest of us for this wine experience. Her wine company, Little Wine Basket, definitely has more in store for Kenya.

The wine industry and culture is growing strong in Kenya. Learning how to look at wine, sample the aroma, and taste the wine will come in handy.

Le Vin, Nairobi, ‘Me I Love Kenya,’ July Edition, proved to be very educative and productive. Until then I am sure wine will never taste or smell the same to all who attended.

The more you taste wine the better you get at identifying wines and matching the right foods with it and I definitely intend to be at the next Le Vin event to perfect the art.

Check out the event highlight video below:

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About Le Vin, Nairobi, Kenya

Le Vin is a monthly wine event, organized by Little Wine Basket, that seeks to bring wine lovers together in order to sample and discover new wines and wine brands. Started and run by Melissa Mwende, the event has continued to gain follower-ship and support, especially among local wine enthusiasts including local wine merchants.

Faith Irungu is a blogger and content marketer at E-LABZ.  Her desire to believe in businesses and brands helps her leverage the online space and help them grow their brand. You can find her on her Twitter handle @hiramfay or reach her via email at faith@e-labz.info

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Shamsi Music Thrilling Performance at Jazz Attitude 2

Following their successful album launch, Shamsi Music were back at it again, this time, at The Alchemist, for the second edition of Jazz Attitude.

It would be a night of Jazz and Electronic fusion that featured other bands like Maad Orchestra, Swahili Jazz, and other amazing musicians and bands.

As usual, Shamsi Music took the stage with vigour as they got the crowd excited with their soulful jams. As you can expect, most of their tracks came from their recently released album, The Audition, which has gotten very positive response since its launch.

Some of the songs the band played included the audience favorite, Murata, Nthenya, the love song, Elephants Parade, featuring a story by the band Saxophonist Laka, and Baby Baby cover done by the amazing and talented Kendi Nkonge.

Attending a performance by Shamsi is literary a glimpse of heaven. You can tell from their performance that they have skillfully developed focused behavior, self-discipline, communication skills, fluency of professional sound vocabulary and teamwork.

The fun that was #JazzAttitude 2. Missed out? Here's a taste of what went down!

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From doing covers to performing at the Safaricom Jazz festival, this reknowned Jazz band now has an album out. Their growth has sought to ensure that their sound is nothing but authentic.

For me, Jazz is individual and personal. I believe it requires time, focus, listening, preparation, repetition, and more. The best kind of Jazz happens in groups and Shamsi is the perfect ensemble. The band members have come together to play music, each with a personal command of their instruments and voice to the ensemble which has established a level of repertoire and artistry for them.

I definitely look forward to the next performance and more great music from the band.

About Shamsi

Shamsi music is an instrumental jazz fusion band from Nairobi, Kenya, which prides itself in creating memorable musical experiences that capture the heart, mind and soul.

These six guys complement each other and have in a way ensured that playing music together is fun. Their collaboration brings up qualities and reactions that one can’t experience alone.

Paul Mbithi has control of his Keyboard like I’ve never seen before, he makes sound that blends with the group. He is the epitome of a Keyboard Guru.

Laka Waithaka, is the saxophone whiz as well as the perfect crowd sensation. Laka has just the words to get the crowd hooked on their sound. It’s next to impossible to get bored with Laka constantly ensuring that you are part of the sound.

Kenn ‘Biggie’ Njoroge is very distinctly aware of his role in the band. He has mastered the interpersonal elements of performing with his band. His drumming moves you from afar. His energy on the drums is a sensation and a delight to watch.

Immanuel Mohol, is the guitar marvel. His sound pushes boundaries, he breeds freedom of expression and personal choice.

George Nyoro, multi-instrumentalist, has mastered the use of music vocabulary,  instrumentation, and form.

Finally, Michael Munene makes sounds unheard before and identifies ways to breathe new life into standard repertoire using his bass guitar.

Shamsi Music interpret music, share original ideas, and use their artistic and intellectual imagination to play jazz. Their new album, The Audition is clear evidence of what they can do and how personal their touch is.

To purchase their latest album, The Audition, check out their website: www.shamsi.co.ke

You can also find them on social media platforms, YouTube and Facebook @Shamsi Music, Twitter and Instagram @ShamsiMusicKE

 

Faith Irungu is a blogger and content writer.  Her desire to believe in businesses and brands helps her leverage the online space and help them grow their brand. You can find her on her Twitter handle @hiramfay or reach her via email at faith@e-labz.info

 
 
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Working with King Kanja during the #KanjaWeekendMediaTour

It’s always nice to meet up and work with clients you’ve worked with before because they usually know and understand what they want. In most cases, you also don’t need to educate them on the process and requirements.

We caught up with King Kanja when he came back during his media tour and we got to document the entire journey. As I write this, the tour is ongoing and we’re loving the energy and vibe of this great artist. It is also great interacting with other media and industry professionals while at it which means E-LABZ continues to expand it’s footprint.

 

 

Here’s what we’ve been able to document so far. More content coming soon:

King Kanja on Kiss 100 with Adelle Onyango #KanjaWeekendMediaTour #254videoguy

Posted by E-LABZ Photography on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

 

Today morning at the Homeboyz Radio studios with G-Money interview with the legendary King Kanja as he discusses his new track "Weekend." #254videoguy

Posted by David Gitonga on Friday, June 30, 2017

 

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