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Single Release [Audio]: Mangulet by Andrew Wambua, Sept. 18 2014 @ Online

Mangulet release

Singer-songwriter Andrew Wambua is here again with his second release “Mangulet” off his upcoming album. “Mangulet” is the kamba pronunciation for “Margaret”, Wambua’s native language. Mangulet, a new and I dare say fresh and different “afro-house” track with Wambua’s signature, silky, smooth harmonies (produced by Kagwe Mungai) promises to leave you bobbing your head and dancing all the way into the club.

Andrew Wambua dived into the music scene in November of 2008 after forming his band Afrology with whom he has performed far and wide in his hometown Nairobi; his latest performance being the 55th edition of Blankets and Wine.

His first critically acclaimed release “Nipe Pendo” continues to receive massive airplay on Homeboyz radio, Hot96 and the world groove show on Capital fm.

Wambua is inspired by the likes of Freshlyground, Sauti Sol, John Legend, Jessie J, Mafikizolo and Eric Wainaina. He gives of his heart and artistry to the world.

Download the track for free: http://mdundo.com/song/18386

September 18, 2014 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Kuona Trust Workshops in September and October 2014 @ Kuona Trust

Workshops
Kuona Trust is pleased to present to you in the following workshops taking place at the art’s center in the months of September and October.

Joe Lukhovi, John Silver and Tonney Mugo will be taking you through the Photography, Print Making and Glass Making classes respectively.

See below details on charges and time schedules;

Print Making Workshop by artist John Silver
Dates: 17th Sept- 19th Sept 2014
Timings: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Charges: 3,000/= per person for the 3 days
Venue: Kuona Trust
Lunch shall be provided

Photography Workshop with Joel Lukhovi (Digital photography, Beginners class)
Dates: 20th Sept, 27th Sept, 4th Oct, 11th Oct 2014
Timings: 9.00 am- 1.00 pm
Charges: 4,000/= per person for the 4 days
Venue: Kuona Trust
Bring your own camera.

Tiffany: Glass Making Workshop with Tonney Mugo
Dates: 13th Oct- 17th Oct 2014
Timings: 10 am – 1.00 pm
Charges: 7,500/= for the 5 days
Venue: Kuona Trust

Interested participants to RSVP through email; info@kuonatrust.org or by calling 0721262326.

September 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Competition: African Designers for Tomorrow – For a Chance to Participate in Berlin Fashion Week 2015

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About
FA254 is proud to be launching African Designers for Tomorrow in July, the first international platform to give emerging African designers a door to European Market. The competition will shine a spotlight on some of Africa’s brightest young talent at a time when the African luxury goods are becoming increasingly popular and marketable on the world stage.

The winner will have the possibility to present their collection during Berlin Fashion Week 2015. The category winners of the competition will have the opportunity to produce their product with internationally renowned fashion companies.

Young African designers based in Kenya are encouraged to submit a portfolio of their work to FA254′s official website to have the chance to take their work to the next level. The competition features an international jury chaired by Vogue Germany chief editor Christiane Arp.

Apply here

July 24, 2014 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

Coming Soon! Fundi-Mentals – A New Mental Sex Comedy by Historia Films

POSTER FUNDI MENTALS

After getting 10 nominations in the Kalasha Film and Television Awards 2014 for their sex comedy “House of Lungula”, HISTORIA FILMS have more exciting news for their fans!

Seven months after the successful premiere of “House of Lungula” they are bringing you, in co-production with Native Productions, a new movie! In particular a crazy sex comedy called “Fundi-Mentals”!

Synopsis
Joseph (Gerald Langiri) and his assistant Moses (Charlie Karumi) like to think of themselves as the Best Fundis in Kinoo, despite their unorthodox methods. But the entry of a new Multinational Service Company in town throws all this in jeopardy. To avoid going out of business, they introduce to their female customers a new type of sex-press service with hilarious results!

Starring
Gerald Langiri, Charlie Karumi, Florence Nduta, Lizz Njagah, Kalekye Mumo, Neomi Ng’ang’a, Veronica Waceke, Ruth Maingi, Milkah Ndegwa and Ojiambo Ainea.

Written/Directed: Alexandros Konstantaras
Director of Photography: John Wambugu

The movie is on the postproduction stage and aims to premier end of this year. If you thought that “House of Lungula” was hilarious then “Fundi-Mentals” will blow your mind!

Trailer

June 29, 2014 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Sauti za Busara Festival Zanzibar – Call for Artists, by Jul. 31 2014

Call for Artists for Sauti za Busara Festival - Zanzibar

Call for Artists for Sauti za Busara Festival – Zanzibar


Requirements
• a completed form including short biography (max 1000 words)
• one or two recent recordings (CD or DVD)
• one or two photographs (JPGs sent to journey@busara.or.tz)

DEADLINE for applications – 31 July 2014

Find more information here

June 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

Workshop Opportunity for Writers: Application for Kwani? Fiction Workshop due Monday, May 26 2014

Kwani Trust Seeks Applicants for 2014 Fiction Workshop

Kwani Trust invites applications for a residential fiction workshop to be held from June 24th to July 6th. Following Kwani?’s pursuit of developing new contemporary fiction, the workshop will incubate writing from fourteen emerging voices with particular focus on writers between the ages of 18 and 24 and writers from outside of Nairobi’s urban space.

Kwani? has always been interested in providing creative and alternative voices, narratives and expressions to mainstream societal concerns. The establishment of devolutionary politics in Kenya, the planned decentralisation of power with the application of the new Constitution and the emergence of new aspects of power in our society requires scrutiny and the telling of new stories. We are therefore interested in developing creative writing that mirrors what has been described as our new politics.

Not limited to the above, the workshop will broadly explore what new narratives can emerge from the county as Kenya’s new central political unit beyond the state. Linked to this will be explorations of the mtaa, or neighbourhood, as an oppositional and organic context to these new narratives, expressions and voices.
We hope that the writers invited to the workshop will work with power and mtaa as broad thematic concerns. The two week-workshop, and the intensity of the residential format, will allow the writers enough time to produce substantial work, learn aspects of the writer’s craft and develop style with Kwani?’s guest tutors and mentors. The invited writers will also form a meaningful working relationship with the other writers on the programme.

At the end of the workshop we will ask writers to submit drafts suitable for submission to Kwani? 09, the ninth issue of Kwani Trust’s flagship literary journal subtitled Your Count®y Needs You.

To apply, please email submissions@kwani.org by Monday, May 26th with the following:

-Email Subject Line: 2014 Fiction Workshop Application
-A short fiction sample (1000-2000 words) (Word or PDF)
-A one page motivation statement including 1. Why you wish to attend the workshop 2. Story idea(s) around power or mtaa 3. A brief bio
-Name
-Age
-Location
-Phone number
-Email address

*Writers must be available for the duration of the workshop. Transport, full accommodation and meals will be provided.

May 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

News: House of Lungula to be available on BUNI.TV on pay-per-view from May 4 2014

House of Lungula
HOUSE OF LUNGULA, will be exclusively available at www.buni.tv/lungula from May 4, 2014.

HOUSE OF LUNGULA caused a stir when it was released in cinemas last February to packed audiences in Nairobi and Mombasa. The local blockbuster, which stars Ian Mbugua, Lizz Njagah, Gerald Langiri and Sarah Hassan and is directed by Alexandros Konstantaras, is a sexy, laugh-out-loud comedy in the vein of big Hollywood hits like THE HANGOVER or AMERICAN PIE – and a first of its kind in Kenya.

But the limited theater run and great word-of-mouth left a lot more Kenyans – especially in the diaspora – eager to see the movie. From May 4, viewers worldwide will finally be able to satisfy their curiosity!

With HOUSE OF LUNGULA, Buni.tv will be piloting a pay-per-view option for new movie releases, in addition to its usual subscription model. For 150ksh ($3.99 for the diaspora), users will be able to rent the film and watch it at their convenience during a 3-day period, and without having to subscribe to Buni.tv’s monthly premium service Buni+. After the initial exclusive release period of a couple weeks, the film will become available to Buni+ subscribers at no extra cost to them.

“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of people outside Kenya requesting to watch HOUSE OF LUNGULA,” said director Alex Konstantaras. “Buni.tv created the avenue that we were looking for in order to reach those people around the world.”

Read the HOUSE OF LUNGULA review here

About Buni.tv and Buni Media
Launched in April 2012, leading African VOD service Buni.tv is a service of Buni Media (www.bunimedia.com), a multi-media company with offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Los Angeles, California. Buni Media is the production outlet behind The XYZ Show, Africa’s first political satire program featuring life-size latex puppets.
The XYZ Show (www.xyzshow.com) reaches an audience of more than 10 million people every month through its various platforms.

May 2, 2014 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

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