The Ballantine’s True Music Mixer; Cool Cocktails And Conversations

By Leila Namisango

The patio area at the Zing bar is buzzing with some afrobeat music, the sounds of glasses cluttering and amped voices when we arrive for the media mixer hosted by the Ballantine’s East Africa team to launch the third stop of the Boiler Room x True Music Africa party that gives selected established or new artistes a stage to entertain their fans at an exclusive rave that is broadcasted worldwide. The artistes are mostly from the under ground Kenyan music scene hustling to get as much recognition as mainstream artistes.

Muthoni Drummer Queen, EA Wave, Suraj, Taio and Coco Em who were the chosen Nu-Nairobi performers were all at the event ahead of the main event which was at the Alchemist later that week.

After finding some familiar faces, a look at the cocktail menu of the night reveals some yummy and weather appropriate choices for the night.

These May rains will not get in the way of our play. The Ballantine’s True Music Africa drinks included; the Jaggery Sour that was mixed with an infusion ginger, cardamom, jiggery and lemon syrup and the “254 Goodness” a sweet and sour option with both strawberry liqueur and lemon juice.

That was not all, in the spirit of celebrating world party cities there were two other drinks the Ballantine’s + Sprite named Rio and the same mixed with apple juice –Tokyo. Wayne, the brand ambassador explains that this is how those specific cities mix their whiskies. Yup! Sprite and Apple Juice.

We love what this platform is doing. Be on the look out for the culmination of the True Music Africa in Johannesburg this June. Watch on www.truemusic.boilerroom.tv