Posts filed under ‘concerts’
Date: September 21, 2014
Venue: Nairobi Arboretum
Time: 2 pm
Tickets: KES 1000
The One Day One Dance Peace Concert will bring together the likes of Eric Wainaina, Rabbit, Juliani, Larry Asego, DJ Slim B, DJ By Mistake, KPAG, Kenneth B and Obina
Night Out: An Evening of Amy Winehouse with Danger’s Crew feat. ASA, Sept. 20 2014 @ Tamambo Village Market
Over 20 artists from all over Nairobi representing neo soul, reggae, afro-fusion, hip-hop and spoken word and 20 youths in a choreographed dance show, invites you to an evening full of music, dance and extra ordinary talents.
Sauti ya Mitaa is a unique project, bringing 21 musicians of different genre of music, representing various suburbs and social classes together. It brings out their unique talents and at the same time create awareness about issues affecting them and the society. The Sauti Ya Mitaa album, including 4 beats, 4 genres of music, spoken word and 21 artists, backed by Iklektik band, will be launched on the 12th of September at Pawa254.
Masonko wa Dandora is a choreographed dance show that aims entertain the audience as well as uplift the self-esteem of the youths in Dandora and other similar slums. The dance show shows the struggles and the strengths of the youths in marginalized communities. The group will launch their latest dance show at the event on the 12th of September.
Paza Sauti Workshop
Arts development and community empowerment, a workshop for local artists and activists. The workshop will take place the day before the launch of Sauti ya Mitaa and Masonko wa Dandora launch.
Paza Sauti workshop
Date and Time: September 11th, 2 pm – 5 pm
Sauti Ya Mitaa album launch
Date and Time: September 12th, 5 pm – 9 pm
Entrance: Advance tickets KHS 300, at entrance KHS 500
For advance tickets, please call 0721845855
Tunisian born musician, Jean-Pierre Smadja (Smadj), has been skillfully fusing oud music to diverse genres including jazz, electronic groove, saxophone, drum and bass for over 15 years. With six albums to his credit, Smadj has an extraordinary touch for blending electronic and acoustic sounds to create music rich in oriental, North African and jazz rhythms.
Smadj is on an East African tour accompanied by saxophonist Denis Guivarch and singers Sofiane Saidi (Franco-Algerian rai musician with a charming voice) and MC Laudi (South African hip hop artist with a groovy timbre).
Mixing tradition and technology, the group promises a scintillating concert that will have the public on the dance floor with a diverse palette of music styles.
In 2002 and 2003, Smadj and the Algerian oud player, Mehdi Haddab, were twice runner-up in the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards for their single Wild Serenade from the album DuOud, for the Best Newcomer and the Boundary Crossing categories respectively. DuOud combine their North African heritage with the latest in Western technology. Prior to this recognition, Smadj was already recognized for his debut album Equilibrist, blending Eastern melodies and electronic beats, which earned him a 4th place on the European World Music charts in 2000. Jean-Pierre Smadj grew up listening to traditional Arab musicians like Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum and Iraqi oud player Munir Bashir. He studied at a jazz school in Paris and after five years of study he started playing in clubs around the city. Smadj only started playing the oud until the age of 30. As the Parisian dance music scene grew, Smadj with a background in studio sound engineering, began experimenting with different sounds and styles of dance music, blending Oriental, Latin, North African and jazz with dance beats.
Following the success of DuOud that culminated in a two-year long world tour, Smadj joined master Turkish percussionist, Burhan Öçal producing an album which was a huge success in Turkey and is considered a classic now. In 2005, Smadj released the album ‘Take is and Drive’ featuring the Malian star Rokia Traore, the Bushmen of the Kalahari and the Indian singer-guitarist Amit Chatterjee. In same year, he released ‘Sakkat’ with Mehdi Haddab, which was recorded in Yemen with Yemeni traditional musicians. His latest album ‘Fuck the Dj’ released in 2012 is an ode to dance music with disco, dubstep, oriental, funky electro all on the menu. The title is a sarcastic swipe at the ever increasing dominance of DJs over live bands on dance floors. He is accompanied on this tour by the Franco-Algerian singer, Sofiane Saidi who was born in the birthplace of Raï Music, the city of Sidi Bel Abbès in Algeria). Sofiane can be credited as the creator of oriental glam music. Sofiane works between Brest, Algeria, London and Paris and has collaborated with the Belgian songbird Natacha Atlas and the legendary Algerian rai group Raina Rai.
Sofiane is currently working on his ablum ‘El Morjane’, Arabic for ‘The Coral,’ a metaphor for the rarest and most precious things in life. Also on stage will be MC Laudi, a South Africa DJ who lives in London and regularly performs at the London Afro nights. Over the years, MC Laudi has developed his signature sound mixing tropical rhythms, hip hop and electro. He has collaborated with some of the best artists around the world like Damon Albarn (co-founder, vocalist and principal songwriter of virtual band Gorillaz) and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers (an American funk rock band). Together with the French saxophonist Denis Guivarch, the quartet promise a unique concert, bringing for the first time to Kenya, live on stage, a blend Arabic, Afro, Electro, Hip Hop and dance music.