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Line Up: Daily performances [6-8pm], Panel Discussions, Open Mic [for new talent], Album Launch of The Kenya Boys Choir among many other events
More info. here http://www.kenyamusicweek.com/
To go forward, we go back. To evolve, we grow from the spirit around us – as we mark 50 years of our conception, The Rhythm of our Dreams is an explorative and experimental journey of sounds, songs and images from Kenya. Through a careful selection of music and moving images, The Rhythm of our Dreams draws from a curious selection of music from all corners and times of our country. Tonight, through a historical and contemporary visual soundscape, we celebrate the diversity and the spirit of Kenya.
Featuring DJs from a diverse spread of Kenyan genres and subcultures, each set is researched and selected to feature a plethora of tunes; think Taarab meets Benga or “Night Bus to Mombasa 1996” or “Christmas lunch with Gukah 1974.” An evening of a mélange and collage of Kenyan dreams an memories.
Dates: Runs until 21st Dec 2013.
Venue: Phoenix Players
Tickets only Ksh. 500.
The nation of Kenya has existed from before there was a flag. Now, as we come up to our fiftieth year since independence, we celebrate our nation, our diversity, our drama, our love, and our cultures. We sing the songs that have made us happy, and celebrate each decade and each life that was in our proud nation.
Join us in a journey that is written in a narrative style and follows many different lives as they chase the future…
Without music, the story of Kenya is incomplete .Our determination, resilience, failures and conquests are captured in the songs we sing and dance to. Generations come and go but their music lives forever. Kenya
at 50 is a love story. Love between people who wade through the murky waters of politics, deception and betrayal. Together they rise but casualties cannot be avoided. Some just love but others just love to hate. The one thing everybody seems to love is song , dance and music . As they age together with their nation to reach the golden age at 50 they know from deep within their hearts,” MY LAND IS KENYA”.
To the audience, we encourage you to sing along if you know the song… and encourage you to dance as well. And spoiler alert…we make fun of ourselves and our culture but it is all in good fun.
Mambo is a world re–knowned scientist & inventor whose inventions have transformed the world.
MAMBO’S journey back home allows him to rediscover that there is more to life…. That he can come to grips with the secret longing of his heart by developing intimacy with God, finds love and understands his role in society.
The African dreams…… the African man defends…provides……and leads….
Starring: Gowi Odera.
Co-stars: Sarah(Tanya), Jimmy Gait , Jason Runo ,Kawira
Music by: Rev Kathy & Nina Njoroge.
Director: Jinna Mutune (LEO THE MOVIE)
Executive Producers: Bishop Allan & Rev Kathy Kiuna & Tony Njenga
RED CARPET PREMIER NIGHT : 21st June 2013
Date: 21 June, 2013 – 23 June, 2013 Time: 6:00 PM – 11:55 PM
Location: JCC Parklands Along Forest Rd
In a plantation there is usually the illusion of an idyllic farming group. However, beneath its deceptive exterior, the Chola’s plantation is everything but calm. The Cholas are uptight and feel entitled to the land and the people that work their land. The farm workers have little or no rights, until one of them becomes a lawyer, and their re-education begins. Then the unthinkable happens – he falls in love with his family’s masters’ daughter. What follows is a dramatic musical adventure full of humor and tragedy.
This is the story of Rohio & Juliet, a Kenyan story loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the classical romantic tragedy. The musical aptly tackles issues most pressing to Kenyans. As we gear towards elections these are issues that we cannot afford to ignore and this dramatic musical puts a mirror in front of us with full doses of laughter, excitement, choreographed dance and original music by the Mamlaka Hill Chapel Drama team. The musical captures the true issues that we continually face us Kenyans, and which most people will readily relate. Rohio & Juliet delivers a powerful message in a truly unique theatrical performance that is bound to leave us all with the potent choice – love or war?
Dates: January 28 to February 1, 2013
Time: Daily at 7pm
This multidisciplinary festival will tackle issues of unity and diversity, corruption and impunity, land issues and reform, governance and leadership with critical eyes and voices, through the mediums of editorial cartoons, XYZ puppets, ‘Kenya Burning’ photographs, music and performing arts, documentaries and public service announcements.
Cartoons by leading Kenyan cartoonists and ‘Kenya Burning’ photographs by Boniface Mwangi will graphically illustrate the path that must be avoided.
A series of short documentaries by ‘INFORM Action’ that specializes in film and community discussions, led by Maina Kiai, former Chairman of the Kenya National Human Rights Commission and UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Assembly and of Association, will engage Kenyans on the persistent need to demand political and social accountability.
Skits and voice talents from the XYZ show together with musicians and comedians including Dan ‘Chizi’ Aceda, Winyo and Larry Asego will use their artistic expressions to emphasize the essence of the festival.
The Kenya Conservatoire of music warmly invites you to this year’s musical: Seventeen.
The creative team is led by well known Kenyan composer and performer Mrs. Nancy Day, who has written the book and arranged most of the music. You will also recognize some of the contributors to this project, who are also renowned performers in Nairobi such as Charles Ouda and Mkamzee Mwatela.
The musical tells of a high school bully who…… come and sees the rest!!! Let’s just say that “things are not always as they seem.’’ The musical styles are so varied, that everyone will find something close to their heart. There is Tango and Taarab, Ragga and “R & B,” Jazz, Ballads, Funk – all accompanied by the Conservatoire Orchestra. With all these musical genres, you are sure to be tapping your feet to the rhythm and indulging your eyes in the absolutely energetic dancing.
Advance tickets will be available from Monday 10th December and there will be a seating map of the venue available for one to pick there preferred seat.
For any enquiries, please contact the Knya Conservatoire
The Theatre Company presents Shungwaaya – an original Kenya Musical based on African Cultures , beliefs and taboos highlighting on the integrity of leadership, misuse of power and its influence on the unity of the society. It fuses modern performance techniques with traditional East African performance styles and the story is told through drama music and dance.
Amphitheater – Kenya National Museums 16th Sunday 2012 3 -4 pm
Shungwaaya is a mythical, musical theatre piece that tells the story of a community that faces the timeless challenges of individual greed, envy and lust as they struggle to form a society where people can live together harmoniously. The show is created through a mythical combination of the ancient cultures of East Africa, where a community is united, guided and tested by spiritual powers which are gifted to the people through chosen shamans or healers.
The play shows the initiation of a chosen one, Mwejuma, in the river, whom is handed the calabash which guards the ancestral spirits; a calabash which holds the powers of the spirits which protect and guide the community During the performance, we experience wrestling contests to choose community leaders; rituals that cleanse families and households, and the downfall of greedy men which brings calamities to their families. Young people fall in love and marry, betray and reconcile. The environment is an active character in the performance, being intricately connected with the community.
The story is told through powerful songs, dances and dialogue in the languages of East Africa, and also uses the kanga which brings color and beauty into the piece.
Shungwaaya has been created collectively by the members of the Performance Training and Development Programme in 2012. Three groups created the short performances Leaving Shungwaaya, Kukicha and Mwiba, which have been combined through TTC’s unique style to form the piece you will see.
The current production features Liz Enane, Hilary Namanjia, Dembede Mido, Squich Musau, Sylvia Namusassi, Carolyn Mutua and John Wasonga with Izzo Anyanga on percussion.
Choreography by Kitt Nyang’aya Kiarie and Musical Arrangments by Wafula Mukasa.
Directed by Keith Pearson.
Taste of Kisumu is a 3 day Festival that will be dated April 6th- April 8th (Easter). They will feature Local Food Specialties. Aluru /Quail, Aliya /Dry cured fish, Fried fish, Peanut sauce, Omena, Nyama Choma and Local Folk Music.
There is a specialized Kids zone.
Other activities: An uga…li eating contest, A gunia race, The taste of Kisumu Awards and a shopping Zone and Craft Fair.
Performing Artists: Suzanna Owiyo, Sautisol and many more
Tickets are available at the Godown Arts Centre:
School groups -400 per head.
For Booking please call 0721-439665/ 0725-914984.
People can also visit the event site: www.kurukamaisha.org/tunaruka/
Kuruka maisha Foundation wishes to invite all for our long awaited Musical TUNARUKA TUKILALA on the 24th and 25th February 2012,live and exclusive at Oshwal Centre westlands Nairobi.
The show is the first grande acrobatic dance musical ever created to depict the story of street children in Nairobi. The stage production, entitled TUNARUKA TUKILALA, follows the lives of young men and women who end up living on our urban streets,have to survive there, and eventually find a way out. The show is performed by children and young adults who have experienced life on the streets firsthand but have been rehabilitated through the arts. Now, using their passion, talent, and skills, they share with us a spectacular story in which beauty triumphs over adversity.The Show also features as part of an ongoing Documetary film project Ni KURUKA MAISHA whose filming is already ongoing.
The Stage prodcution is writen by an American conceptual artist Yazmany Arboleda and directed Nick Balongo with an original score by acclaimed composer Nina Ogot.
The Foundation will also be using the event to launch its Education Fund to support identified street youths to continue with their Formal Education.40% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be channelled towards the Foundation Education programme.
NDOTO : A story of Urban Hopes and Dreams
Life in this jungle called Nairobi is hard. What? With the ever rising prices of fuel and basic food comodities?.. So many people come to the city seeking a better life, a new beginning. Only to be hit by the bitter reality of how life in Nairobi is a survival for the fittest.
But. We all hold on to that hope, that we will make it. Someday. We have to.
From the makers of #TWENDELELE and the creators of MWENYE NDOTO the album, LELE and AZIZA present to you Ndoto. A story told in music, of the hopes and dreams of the urban dwellers living in Nairobi.
Date : Friday 27th JANUARY 2012
Venue : Safaricom House, Michael Joseph Centre
Time : 7pm
300/- Advanced | 400/- Gate
HOTLINES: 0728621571 | 0721759510
Or from any Lele / Aziza member.
ALSO: AVAILABLE AT THE MICHAEL JOSEPH CENTRE
PERFORMERS’ LINKS: ………………………………………………………..
Dates: December 17-18 & 22-23, 2011
Venue: Sarakasi Dome (opposite Ngara Post office)
Time: Saturday 17 @ 6pm, Sunday 18 @ 3 & 6pm, Thursday 22 & Friday 23 @ 4 & 6pm.
Tickets: Advance kshs 300, Door Kshs 500
A galaxy of the cream of Kenyan actors Nice Githinji, Denis ‘OJ’ of Tahidi High, Mbeki Mwalimu, Davis Nato, Ken ‘Njoro’ Gichoya of Papa Shirandula, Andronico Otieno of Papa Shirandula, Linda Muthama of the Altimate Band, Ciku Mbithi, popular musician Lulu, Ummul Rajab, Hamisi Mzee, Derrick Amunga, Nduta M’mbogori.
Artistic Director – Mbeki Mwalimu, Musical Director-Linda Muthama and Choreographer – Hamisi Mzee .
Theatre: Pirates of Nairobi Dam (The Musical), Nov. 25-Dec. 18 2011 @ Phoenix Players-Professional Centre
Opening: November 25, 2011
Dates: November 25-December 18, 2011
Tickets: Ksh. 500 (Book Online: http://mpesaticketing.com/)
Student nights: Every Thursday. Buy 1 ticket @ Ksh. 300 and get 1 Free.
Telephone Contacts: +254 20 221 2661 or 222 5506, Cellphone: +254 729 913 425
Last performed on the Phoenix Stage in 1988, PIRATES is one of the better-known works from the indomitable pair of Gilbert and Sullivan.
It tells the story of a band of pirates [in this case Nairobi ones!] on their usual ‘prowl of pillage’. One of their own- Frederick- has come to the end of his ‘contract’ as a Pirate- having mistakenly been apprenticed to them by his Nanny- Ruth- who, being from a region where ‘L’ and ‘R’ are one and the same- took ‘PILOT’ to mean ‘PIRATE’ and thus sealed Fredrick’s fate as a young lad.
The Pirates want Fred to take Ruth with him…his only knowledge of a woman is indeed Ruth- who tells him she’s as good as it gets. Only for them to stumble onto a bevy of maidens frolicking at the shores of the Dam.
They are daughters to a widowed retired Major General. On realizing the Pirates are bent on making brides of his daughters, he spins a woeful tale of him being an orphan- a story which melts the hardened hearts of the rogue pirates, and they let him go.
Fred, meanwhile, is informed of a small hitch to his being released from the pirates, and has to return to their ranks. He spills the beans regarding the General’s story and they return to revenge for being duped. A bunch of lazy policemen is on their trail…
This is a family show- light story, melodious music, great talent!
Kismet (fate) tells the story of a poor but very cunning poet and his daughter who falls in love with the Caliph (king). The story is full of humour with some lovely Asian style music. You can expect a cast of more than 60 people, with the Conservatoire Orchestra performing the music.
Date: Saturday 10th December at 3pm and 7pm
Sunday 11th December at 3pm
Venue: Braeburn Theatre, Gitanga Road (Take matatu/ bus no. 46)
Tickets: Adults: Kes 500
Children below 12: Kes 300
Advance tickets are available at The Kenya Conservatoire of Music – (Kenya Cultural centre, Harry Thuku Road, opposite the Fairmont Norfolk) until 12pm on Friday 9th December. From Saturday 10th December, tickets will be sold at Braeburn Theatre
Dates: September 15-18, 2011
Venue: Railway Club Grounds
Tickets: Kshs 500 Daily (Including a book) and Kshs 1000 seasonal ticket (3 days)
Tickets Available online: http://www.enrakenya.com and MPesa 0728 285 021
This is a Festival that brings together international writers and personalities to a temporary ’tent city’ in the heart of Nairobi where they celebrate stories, ideas, writing and contemporary culture through storytelling, music, books, live discussion forums, demonstrations, workshops, open mic sessions, debates, exhibitions, performances and competitions.
Festival Programme link: http://www.storymojahayfestival.com/programme/
The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. It is a musical in two acts which speaks a story of adventure, love and pride. The audience will experience fantastic music, dancing, acting and drama.
The musical will involve both Starehe Boys and Girls and will take place Friday 22nd July (7pm) Saturday 23rd July (3pm and 7pm) and Sunday 24th July (3pm). Tickets are at a very low price to cover our budget, adults 150/- and children/students 50/-. The musical will take place at Starehe Boys’ Centre. For ticket information listeners should call 6761221 – 4 or 0727531001. Otherwise they will be available on the door. Arrive early to avoid dissapointment.
Time: Friday at 7:00pm – July 24 at 5:00pm
Location: Starehe Boys Centre
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Music performance by: Nina Ogot, Dempsey, Aziza & Jason Sibi-Okumu while photo gallery is by Mwangi Kirubi (@Mwarv)
What to expect from Kinanda Festival: Music, poetry, visual art, creative writing, spoken word, film & street art
This July, flanked by some of Kenya’s most talented and vibrant singers and musicians Ngwatilo Mawiyoo shall share some of her newest poems and a few favorites in a new exclusive collaborative experiment of poetry and music.
Date: July 8, 2011
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre (Safaricom House), Westlands
Tickets: Advance Kshs 500, Gate Kshs 800
To RSVP or purchase tickets via M-PESA: 0702 845533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ngwatilo is a project unlike anything and reviews of The Puesic Project last year show that Ngwatilo is not afraid to break new ground.
From 13 to 15 May 2011 the German Embassy and the National Museums of Kenya in collaboration with various organisations from the local community (MoSaReTu etc.) and partners from the economic sector will once again team up for the 4th edition of the Lake Turkana Festival on the South-Eastern shores of the „Jade Lake“,also konwn as Lake Turkana. The project is based on a proposal, which the local community of Loiyangalani introduced to the German Embassy back in 2008, when the Festival was held for the first time. The main purpose was – and still is – to overcome tribalism in the region and to promote peace and reconciliation among the local communities around Lake Turkana by giving them an opportunity for cross-cultural cooperation and exchange, both in the preparation and in the course of the Festival. During the three days Festival, representatives of the
Rendille, El Molo, Pokot, Samburu, Turkana, Gabbra, Dassanech and Borana
will present their respective customs and living conditions, spectacular traditional costumes, arts and crafts, dances and music to each other and to visitors. Combined with the stunning geographical characteristics and the very limited general knowledge on the Lake Turkana region, the presentation of the cultural traditions makes the Festival a unique and fascinating experience for Kenyans as well as for Expatriates.
This year, to a larger extent than in the past years, the Festival will focus on securing sustainable development – not only in the cultural but also in the economic and environmental fields. Under the Agenda 2030, the Lake Turkana region will gain importance and it will open up to investors as well as to tourists. The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project (LTWP) is one of the first steps in this direction and more projects are planned to follow. In the environmental sector, the challenge of water scarcity and the need for efficient use of natural resources will become increasingly relevant for inhabitants of the Lake Turkana region as well as for investors. In order to raise awareness on these issues and ideally to tackle them, before they even come up, partners from the private sector as well as from the development cooperation sector will join forces with the German Embassy and Kenyan institutions like the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) as well as the local Kenyan authorities in this year’s Festival. As an example for activities in this regard, a “Resource Use Assessment” workshop with and for the local community and a corresponding presentation of results should be mentioned.
In a nutshell, the Festival gives the chance to explore this culturally and geographically unique region and to promote environmental and economical sustainable development.
Date: May 4, 2011
Venue: Dass Restaurant
Location: Woodvale Grove, Westlands
Tickets: Kshs 300
Performances by: Adam Chienjo, Lynnette Nyambole, Ogutu Muraya, Cindy Ogana, David Ralak, James Kinya, Issac Anyanga & Ziki
For tickets/delivery, call Ziki, +254 725 816 126
Balozi Production/Sun Flower kids club presents
A musical play: The Sunflower, the Spider & the Baby
Date: April 16, 2011
Venue: Kenya National Theatre
Times: 10am, 2pm and 4pm
Tickets: Adults Kshs 400, Kids Kshs 300
For more information contact: 0721 993 821/0721 575 223
Viz’ions- XP by Peter Nkoghé (Gabon): An introspective solo which “embodies the unknown visions” of Peter Nkoghé and “expresses angst and snatches of answers that are constructed and deconstructed over time.” The set design serves as a frame and surface upon which these visions are projected: images of a TV test card, filmed and abstract, of lines and shimmering water which are shown against a cardboard wall board and the dancer’s silhouette.
Recto Verso by Julie Iarisoa (Madagascar): Highlights of the difference that binds two beings that are separated by everything else.