Posts filed under ‘Open Mic’

Kwani? Open Mic July 2014 Edition feat. Teardrop, Jul. 1 2014 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

Date: July 1, 2014
Venue: Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema, Mama Ngina Street
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 400 at the Door

June 27, 2014 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

ELEMENTS – The Hip Hop Community, May 6 2014 @ the Italian Institute of Culture

poster Hip Hop
Date: May 6, 2014
Venue: the Italian institute of Culture, Westlands
Time: 5 pm

April 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic feat. Muthoni Msooh Gitau, Mar. 4 2014 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

Date: March 4, 2014
Venue: Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 400 at the Gate & Kshs 300 advance

February 27, 2014 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic featuring Larry Liza, Feb. 4 2014 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

Open Mic
Date: February 4, 2014
Venue: Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 300

January 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Kwani? Open Mic: feat. Poetic Bee, Dec. 3 2013 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

Kwani Open Mic

December 3, 2013 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Album Launch: Poems – Jade the Kenyan Dreams by Namatsi, Nov. 23 2013 @ Michael Joseph Centre


November 22, 2013 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

Hip Hop Rapsody feat. DJ Cortega & Point Blank, Nov. 19 2013 @ Choices

Date: November 19, 2013
Venue: Choices, Baricho Road
Time: 9 pm to 1 pm
No cover charge!

November 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Lost in Translation? Panel Discussion, Performances & Open Stage, Nov. 13 2013 @ Goethe Institut

Spoken Worlds
Date: Wednesday 13th November
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 6.00 pm
Admission: free

Does translation open up new frontiers for art or does it lead to the loss of context and the purity of the work? Join 16 poets, spoken word and rappers from the SPOKEN WOR:L:DS project (that draws artists from Nairobi and Berlin) as they discover and debate the joys and challenges of translation and the translatability of lyrics. They shall also share their experiences of the project as well as subsequent performances. Rappers, Poets, Spoken Word artists are very welcome to present their work during the open stage segment. (Please register through or at Goethe Institut by Wednesday, November 13th between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.) Karibuni nyote!


SPOKEN WOR:L:DS – lyrical performance between Nairobi and Berlin – is an international literature exchange project between artists from both cities, focusing on contemporary performance poetry.

It takes up impulses of Poetry, Spoken Word, Slam Poetry and Rap, which are art forms that mix literature, music, dance, and visual arts. Eight artists from Berlin, including Josefine Berkholz, Diamondog, Erko, Christian Filips, Josh, LMNZ, Madog, Sabine Scho will meet the following artists from Nairobi: Checkmate, L-Ness, Ogutu Muraya, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Namatsi, Sitawa Namwalie, Octopizzo, and Poetic B.

The project takes place in Nairobi November , 9th – 15th 2013 and in 5th – 12th April 2014 in Berlin.

SPOKEN WOR:L:DS is a project by Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Maono Cultural Group and Kwani Trust in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Kenya. It is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and supported by Goethe-Institut, Auswärtiges Amt, and Gangway e.V. The project’s media partner is AfricAvenir.

November 8, 2013 at 8:43 am 3 comments

Performance Poetry – A project between Nairobi & Berlin: Spoken Wor:l:ds, Nov. 6-16 2013 @ Various Venues

Spoken Worlds LP
10th Nov: Street Poetry 3:00pm Aga khan walk (Free )
11th Nov: SPOKEN WOR:L:DS Goethe-Institut Nairobi 2:00pm (free)
12th Nov: Spoken Wor:l:ds (Kwani) 7:30 pm Imax (Free)
13th Nov: Spoken Wor:l:ds (Goethe) 4:00 to 6:00 pm (Free)
15th Nov: Spoken Worl:l:ds (Live & Loud) Tree house (free) plus there is transport from town

SPOKEN WOR:L:DS Trailer one from SPOKEN WOR:L:DS on Vimeo.

More info here

November 8, 2013 at 8:34 am Leave a comment

Outdoor Events: Street Poetry feat Spoken Wor:l:ds, Nov. 10 2013 @ Aga Khan Walk

Street poetry

Street poetry

This monthly event brings together poetry lovers in a spontaneous open mic event under open skies. It makes use of city pavements and the mostly-agreeable sunny weather to share the lyrical art form. SPOKEN WOR:L:DS are invited as guests.
Date: November 10, 2013
Venue: Aga Khan Walk
Entry: Free

SPOKEN WOR:L:DS Trailer one from SPOKEN WOR:L:DS on Vimeo.

More info here

November 8, 2013 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

Nairobi Hip Hop Rapsody feat DJ Sayans & Jemedari, Nov. 12 2013 @ Choices – Baricho Road


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Events: Mic Check Nairobi, Oct. 29 2013 @ Goethe Institut

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Date: October 29, 2013
Venue: Goethe Institut
Time: 6.30 pm
Entry: Kshs 200 advance & Kshs 250 at the gate

Performances by: Kevin Oluoch, Shamir, Valentine Ziki & Arona

October 23, 2013 at 11:10 am 1 comment

Spoken Word Festival – The Spoken Word Project: Stories Travelling through Africa, Oct. 16 2013 @ Afra Lounge

Spoken Word Project
Date: October 16, 2013
Venue: Afra Lounge, Imax Cinema, Mama Ngina Street
Time: 6.30 pm
Tickets: KSh 250


Stories are created by being told. In telling narratives, stories are invented, passed on, changed and adapted. They wander through the world, are passed between persons and easily transcend man-made boundaries. In doing so, the story’s form changes, the narrative gains some details and loses others, while the focus and theme shifts.

The cities participating in this project are Johannesburg, Antananarivo, Nairobi, Kampala, Luanda, Yaoundé, Bamako and Abidjan.

All performances will be recorded, while independent juries critique the entries and select the best three performances. Their contributions are uploaded onto the online-platform in video format.

The full documentation can be found here:

Performing artists include: Checkmate Mido, Kennet B, El Poet, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Namatsi Lukoye, Raya Wambui, Dennis Inkwa, Oballa Dan, Asali and Monaja. There will be guest-performances by Julian Heun (Berlin) and Rehema Nanfuka (Kampala)

The spoken word performances in Nairobi will be judged by Sitawa Namwalie, Cindy Ogana and Wamathai.

In cooperation with Kwani Trust.

October 9, 2013 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Fatuma’s Voice: Who is Watching Who? Oct. 4 2013 @ Pawa 254 Hub

Fatumas Voice
Date: October 4, 2013
Venue: Pawa254 Hub
Time: 4-7 pm
Entry: Kshs 100

Poetry from: Hînga Mwonjoria, Poppa Stev-o (ex- convict), KITUI THE POET, Tela Abala, Oduor Jagero-Koa (African bull), Poet Tear Drops, Mollow Dickens (Gun shot survivor), Brian Otieno (Black man in white teeth), among others.

This week on Fatuma’s Voice
Do crime rates reduce as a result of the government fitting in cctv cameras around town? Are the people who man them competent enough so that the mwananchi could experience their effectiveness? Or are these simply moves to blind people that something is being done about insecurity?

How would you rate our police on a scale of 1-10? Who watches over their actions since they watch over ours? What is the law? Who is the law??

‘Who watches over who?’ is the question we are asking ourselves this Friday on #FatumasVoice. If you have nothing to say, then come listen to what others have to say. A lasting solution could pop up in your mind, for after we speak, we act. It’s the only way we can make a difference, by walking the talk.

October 2, 2013 at 11:24 am 3 comments

Open Mic: Mashujaa Poetry Slam, Oct. 1 2013 @ Arfa Lounge

Kwani Open Mic Oct
Date: October 1, 2013
Venue: Arfa Lounge
Time: 6.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 250

Host: Cindy Ogana

September 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic feat Kennet B, Sept. 3 2013 @ Arfa Lounge


August 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

Hip Hop Hook Up, Aug. 24 2013 @ Saraksi Dome

Hip Hop Hook Up
Date: August 24, 2013
Venue: Sarakasi Dome
Time: 2-4 pm

August 21, 2013 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

Hip Hop Rapsody: August Line Up, Every Tuesday @ Choices – Baricho Road


August 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic: feat H_Art the Band, Aug. 6 2013 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

Date: August 6, 2013
Venue: Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema
Tickets: Kshs 250 & Kshs 200 advance
MPesa Till Number: 56714

July 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Hip-Hop: Nairobi Rapsody feat G-Money, Jul. 9 2013 @ Choices


July 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

Hip Hop Garage: Rap Wars hosted by Brian Odour, Jul. 13 2013 @ Secrets Lounge

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July 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic feat G-cho Pevu, Jul. 2 2013 @ Arfa Lounge


July 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

Hip Hop: Suits N’ Mic IV – A Moment in Rhyme, May 11 2013 @ MJ Centre

Suits and Mic
Date: May 11, 2013
Venue: MJ Centre
Tickets: Kshs 500

May 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm 1 comment

Poetry: BOGOF – Mine to Move, May 11 2013 @ Hilton Hotel

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Being Only Great Of Finesse presents, “Mine to Move”

An afternoon of moving, sincere lyricism and art

On Saturday 11th May 2013, the Being Only Great Of Finesse events presents, “Mine to Move” a live and active anthology of poetry, music and visual art at the Hilton Hotel Nairobi.
The event runs from 3 to 7 pm and entry is Kshs 500

The event attracts Kenyans both young and young at heart who want to keep their pulse on the newest trends in music, poetry and visual arts. It attracts creative energetic minds ripe for deep conversations and exhilarating intellectual socializing. It attracts young people curious to explore their world on their own terms and unafraid of brutally honest representations of the issues around us as well as sincere, heartfelt lyricism, and honest unpretentious poetry.

Artists expected to perform at May’s B.O.G.O.F event are poets: Kelvin Kaesa and A Lost Child Soul. Music from: Louise Madete with the Band Yellow Light Machine, the band SOCS and the multilingual hip hop emcee Kalimani alongside 2012 Nokia Don’t skip the beat freestyle battle champion, Shahidi Xcalibur. Sketch artists: Ramzzy, Denet, Siege, Nduta and Melpractice will Sketch away during the event drawing inspiration from the performers, the audience and of course the theme: mine to move.

The contemplation behind the events theme, ‘mine to move’, is the understanding that its within your power to grasp at opportunities and transform situations and within your power to lay still and just move with the flow.

The theme is in line with the vision that B.O.G.O.F. events holds for the society, “to Revolutionize the self through Music and Art”.

The event presents the art enthusiast a chance to experience refreshing talent in an intimate and engaging setting at a central place in the C.B.D. yet removed from the hustle and bustle of the streets.

May 7, 2013 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

This Boy/This Man, Feb. 14 2013 @ Dass Ethiopian Restaurant

this boy this man valentine special
Date: February 14, 2013
Venue: Dass Ethiopian Restaurant, Westlands
Time: 6-9 pm
Tickets: Single Kshs 600, CoupleKshs 1,000

Performances by: Mimmo, El Poet, NIque Apollo and Tamasha beats

Plus celebrity auction: Michelle Morgan and Bernard Ndong

February 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Word Up Live! Presents Flying Kisses, Feb. 15 2013 @ Dass Restaurant

Date: February 15 2013
Venue: Dass, The Ethiopian Restaurant – Westlands
Time: 6:30-9:30 pm
Entry: 400 ksh (Inclusive of a soda) Gate, Advance 250ksh (without a soda) by 13th Feb (Mpesa: 0701606346)

Host: Ricardo Benon

Featured Artists: Angela Wambui Muiruri, Cynthia Waliaula, Pauline Ay, Fadhilee Itulya, Kibali Moreithi, Rix-Poet, Archangel Ngumi, Raya Wambui, Yung Noiz, Dynasty Kamau, Teardrops, Youth at Heart

Mc:Angela Wambui Muiruri

WORD UP LIVE! is an event run by Poet-cum-Singer Ricardo Benon. This is platform focuses on giving exposure to upcoming musicians, MC’s, Narrators and Poets and market the products of established artists through marketing their Videos, CD’s and Upcoming concerts.

The event mainly focuses on Live Bands, Poetry and Spoken-Word.

For more information on WORD UP LIVE EVENTS visit

February 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic: w/poet Benson Kimani, Feb. 5 2013 @ Arfa Lounge

Kwani Open Mic Feb 2013
Date: February 5, 2013
Venue: Arfa Lounge [Mama Ngina st,. inside IMAX cinema]
Time: 7-9 pm
Tickets: Kshs 200

February 1, 2013 at 10:54 am 2 comments

#KwaniLitFest Fringe Events, Dec 10-14 2012 @ Various Venues in Eastleigh

Kwani Lit Eastlands

December 10, 2012 at 10:35 am 2 comments

[Update] Cancelled – Kwani Open Mic: Poetry Slam, Dec. 4 2012 @ Arfa Lounge

Kwani? Open Mic December
Date: December 4, 2012
Venue: Arfa Lounge – Mama Ngina St, Inside IMAX Cinema
Time: 7-9 pm
Tickets: Kshs 200

MC: Cindy Ogana

We regret to cancel the December Edition of Kwani? Open Mic due to the recent matatu strikeFrom Kwan? Facebook Page

December 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm 2 comments

Live Hip-Hop: Suits & Mic w/ Jemedariflows PointBlank & Zosi, Nov. 24 2012 @ UpStairs

Date: November 24, 2012
Venue: The Upstairs Rooftop of Crooked Qs
Time: 8.00pm
Tickets: Kshs 500

Suits and Mics is a unique Live Hip-Hop event. It is a fusion of jazzy tunes by Band 254 and lyrical mastery by Jemedari, Point Blank and Rilla.

Listen to Letter to the president by Jemedari

November 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

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