Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Rugby in LA - The Recap

Mr. Magaidi

The sea of red black green and white at the Home Depot center in Los Angeles was a sight to behold. Kenyans from all walks of life, all corners of the continental United States flocked to cheer their underdog team against rugby powerhouses gathered for the USA Sevens. In addition to this, we were treated to a fun filled weekend. I met distinguished personalities from the KBW ring, anonymity was a priority, and if you’re sharp enough, you might just tell who they were but it ain’t coming from me. It was a great pleasure though. Most classy moment of the whole tournament for me was after Kenya beat USA to win the Shield Title (26-12), Kenyan fans acknowledged the USA team with as much vigor as they did their own team. For revelers we had a range of choices on where we wanted to ‘row de boat’, one was ‘pon de river’ literally as Nameless and Bamboo entertained folk at the world renowned ‘Queen Mary’ ship while others enjoyed music by Kenya’s top disc jockeys DJ Adrian, DJ Babu, DJ Pinye at other venues. Additionally Code Red DJ Stylez, Chicago’s DJ Top Donn and Dallas’ own DJ XP among many other excellent turn table-ists. Kleptomaniax, Mercy Myra and others also performed.

Overall:

It was great to see country men & women come out and cheer on their team. Of even more significance is the fact that no incidents of violence were seen/reported. Generally the crowd was reserved, much better, camaraderie was evidenced all over the place. Intermingling freely with statesmen/women from other regions including Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, England and other places. The distinct feeling was general: you didn’t have to be a rugby fan to enjoy your time there. I had very interesting conversations with KBW members and the we all came out feeling that we should definitely arrange a meet up and discuss issues we consider affect us. Hopefully we will all be able to make some time in the near future with more time to make arrangements. Suggestions as usual are welcome (the earlier the better, at this moment I have my eye on memorial weekend).

7 Comments:

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Poi said...

Woiyee I missed up on the meet-up:(

Okie how dare you not mention DJ Prime? that is just wrong coz the guy was off!

L.A. was totally something my best time since the year started! We really did wakilisha at BB Kings on Friday night dang the kleptoz brought the house down, at home depot the games were jus something else en the cheers rocked. We went to cheer not win so we told ourselves LOL. Sato night at reknown Qn Mary was off though Bamboo bored me sana but when Kamonski hit the stage, trully the best is saved for last. Sunday was LBC,club v20 then after party at kinya DJ Pinyez dang L.A. was fun feel so bad I dinn do KBW hook-up how did you meet w/out even letting a cali person like me know honestly? anyhow next time may be

I'm thinking memorial wknd too, Dallas right???

 
At 4:40 AM, Anonymous Afro said...

lol, distinguished?! you got jokes.
Memorial day weekend sounds like a plan, and yeah, the earlier the better, so we can get more people to make it!
Fun all around.

 
At 1:23 PM, Blogger Magaidi said...

Poi - where were you? Anywayz it all good. Prime by the way was sawa, I just forgot to mention him. Had to leave Sunday though so I missed the mwenjoyo there. Dallas is the place this memorial weekend.

@Afro - LOL..had to go there now? Anywayz I second Dallas for the obvious reason..geography. The more people we can get earlier, the better.

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger Poi said...

Hey Magaidi-I'm in San Diego.

Yeah Prime was off pole u left on Sunday. We really gotta make Dallas happen.

Hope you are having a lovely week :)

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger Whispering Inn said...

Saw your hoof @ AfroM's.
Glad you folks had fun and kudos to the K7s!

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger strawberries are said...

Am still recovering. To good times people!!. cheers.

 
At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Ng'ash said...

Dallas Kabisa! Besides I just went online to look for a ticket and i couldnt believe the price!!$179 from MN!!! Long story short..I got it.

 

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