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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.
To get to Rainforest Lounge, enter a matatu that passes along Ngong Road. i.e, 4W, 2, 102, 2 and/or 111. Alight at Impala Club. The bus stage is called ‘Swedish’. You cross over to Makini School and head to upper primary. It is a straight road so it won’t be hard to find. The Lounge is on your way down to Makini School upper primary, first murram road that branches on your right and a black gate on your left after the branch. Directions shall be indicated.
These are the numbers to call or text: Chris: 0722535035 | Rixpoet 0722790479 | Val: 0726519073, just in case you get lost.
Date & Time: Saturday, 27th April 2013, 10.00 – 1 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut Library
The Literature Forum brings together upcoming women writers and literary critics to share and discuss stories, poems and current literary trends with the aim of enhancing their creativity. The forum provides a space to listen to the voices of established and budding female writers – voices of women with a passion for literary adventure.
AMKA and the Goethe-Institut organise the monthly readings in the library of the Goethe-Institut every last Saturday of the month.
Participation in the forum is open to both men and women.
During this month’s session, the veteran writer, journalist and publisher, Muthoni Likimani, will be the guest-speaker.
The Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) weekend is designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity.
On Saturday the 30th of March the SWAN weekend starts with poetry, spoken word, music and dance performances at the Phoenix Theatre from 9 am to 3 pm. On Sunday the 31st of March visual artists will showcase and sell their art, and music performance will be held at the Kuona Trust from 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is absolutely free.
Featuring: Achieng Abura, Amileena of TPF IV, Shish and Tanya of Tahidi High, Tabitha Wa Thuku, Rabbo of Tatuu, the Papa Shirandula crew, Lydiah Dola, Iddi Achieng, Veronica Wanjeri, Wahu and Masallah amongst others.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Venue: Phoenix Theatre
Date: Saturday the 30th of March from 9 am to 3 pm. Entry is free.
Venue: Kuona Trust
Date: Sunday the 31st of March from 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.
Namatsi is a spoken word artist who fuses her poetry with Song. She will represent a selection of poetry/songs from her first album entitled ‘Nirvana’, a delicious array of spoken word and melodious tunes… real food for the soul, taking the audience away from the daily hustle of life.
Performances by: Mimmo, El Poet, NIque Apollo and Tamasha beats
Plus celebrity auction: Michelle Morgan and Bernard Ndong
Book-reading & Poetry Performance: An Evening with Staceyann Chin, Feb. 15 2013 @ Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel
* Advance tickets are available at the NEST (directions here), the BONK shop at the Junction Mall (Ngong Road) and the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel.
A proud Jamaican national, Staceyann’s voice was featured on “The Oprah Show,” where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming out there. Through her work she seeks to question the oppression and the limitations of identity, race, class, sexuality and belonging. In addition to performing in and co-writing the Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin’s work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian.
Staceyann has toured internationally, held poetry workshops worldwide and performed in London, Denmark, Germany, South Africa – and now, Nairobi.
For more info: the Nest website
Hardcover copies of Staceyann’s memoir – “The Other Side of Paradise” – are available at the NEST, and will be on sale during the event at Kshs. 1,800.
WORD UP LIVE! takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month at Dass The Ethiopian Restaurant in Westlands.
The main purpose of the event is to give exposure and market both upcoming and established Poets, Musicians & all other forms of artistic arts. Established artists are given an opportunity to come and talk about their Video, CD launchs, their next Concerts and also mentor upcoming artists.
Theme: Afro-Jazz Night
Date: 19th January Time: 6:30-9:30pm Entry: 300 ksh
Featured Artists & Poets: Jemedari Muziki, Makeeda & Band, RixPoet, Teardrops, Raya Wambui, Ricardo Benon, Blaq Hawq, Chagala, Gazlum Mfalme. Mc: Pierra Mackenna
For Advance Tickets or Directions Call: Ricardo Benon on 0701606346
#sitawaignited is a monthly an evening of poetry, wine and everything in between from discussions, dance, laughter, tears and so much more hosted by poet Sitawa Wafula. Ksh 300
The poets to rock the stage are Sitawa, Immah Reid, Samo the Almighty, Carol Milka, Emmillia, Sokoanalyst, Kelvin Kaesa, Ngatia B
(Open mic poets still open)
Music by Liron and a guest artist
Displays by Moral Apparel
…and goodie bags from Events by Sitawa, Up Nairobi and Healthy Woman
Festival Dates: December 9 -16, 2012
Events Line Up: Public Lectures, Writers in conversation, Readings, Performances, Art Exhibitions, Film Screenings
Venues: various venues – Kifaru Gardens, Kwani? Garden, National Museum,
University of Nairobi, Goethe Institut, Kuona Trust, Habesha, Kibera, KICC Helipad, Eastleigh, South B [map below]
Update: All the events scheduled to take place at University of Nairobi have been moved to the National Museum
Focus: Stories of the Horn of Africa with participating Countries – Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan & Kenya
Some of the writers confirmed for the festival are: Hadraawi – Somalia, Warsan Shire – Somalia, Sayadin Hersi – Somalia, Awes Osman – Somalia, Said Juma Hussein – Somalia, Chehem Watta – Djibouti, Meaza Worku – Ethiopia, Jamal Mahjoub – Sudan, Alemseged Tesfai – Eritrea, Nawal El Saadawi – Egypt, Kojo Laing – Ghana, Helon Habila – Nigeria, Deqa Abshir – Somalia/Kenya, Fawaz El Said – Sudan, Yassir Ali – Sudan, Altayeb Daw Elbeit – Sudan, Ermais Ekube – Ethiopia
A Snap Shot of the Programme
Date: December 9, 2012
Venue: Kifaru Gardens
Time: 2-10 pm
Music by: Waayaha Cusub and Kato& Band
DJ Set by: DJ Zelalem
Date: December 10, 2012
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Monrovia Street
Time: 2.30 – 8 pm
Date: December 11, 2012
University of Nairobi National Museum
Time: 2– 7 pm
Date: December 12, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30-8 pm
Date: December 13, 2012
Venues: Hotel Intercontinental,
Taifa Hall (University of Nairobi) & Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30– 7.30 pm
Date: December 14, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & Kuona Trust
Date: December 15, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & KICC Helipad
Entry: Free (National Museum)
Entry: Ksh 1,000 (KICC Helipad)
The Kwani? Literary Festival is organised by Kwani Trust on a biennial basis where the literary leaders of Kenya, enriched with visiting writers from around the world, turn their attention to one salient subject and explore it through the lenses of the continent’s past, present and emerging literatures. In 2012, the Litfest will focus on several geopolitical trends and shifts in Kenya’s immediate north to host literary conversations with the Horn of Africa.
It thus aims to act as a platform where the story of the Horn of Africa can be told, to an extent, not taking the political crisis narrative as the only story that exists.
Additionally, the pan-African exchange programme of Goethe-Institut Moving Africa will bring a further eight African writers to Nairobi.
Performances by Zidi the Band, Adawnage Band and Number 8
MC: Cindy Ogana
We regret to cancel the December Edition of Kwani? Open Mic due to the recent matatu strike – From Kwan? Facebook Page
All roads lead to the Tree House on November 24th for the Official Kenya Nights III Anniversary Party. The night will feature an exclusive roster of top Dance Music DJs from Kenya, and a certain Techno Queen from Europe.
Expect a vibrant colorful affair, and be sure to dress up for it, you may just get snapped!
Line Up: Nadja Lind I Digital Soul I Sean Fraser I L.A. Dave I Electrique DJ’s & the Beat Parade Band
M.C on the night – Coco Rasta
Time: 9 pm till late
Tickets: Kshs 1000 available at the gate
If you we’re at the hay Festival Kenya and liked the School Bell Rings then you will most certainly enjoy Slam Poetry at Dass. The organizers are the same.
Date: September 21, 2012
Venue: Dass Restaurant
Advance Tickets: Kshs 300 [0716 300 084]
Festival Dates: September 22-29, 2012
Venues: Various [Alliance, the GoDown, Karura Forest, Mathare, Kangemi, Kibera, National Theatre, National Museum]
Tickets: Available at the festival venues & selected outlets
Samosa Festival ‘Unpacked’
Contrary to main assumption SAMOSA Festival is NOT a foodie event BUT a festival that was conceived with the idea of bringing Kenyan’s from all walks of life together to celebrate their cultures and heritage.
This festival is a biennial cultural platform which blends culture, music, poetry, art and drama to convey messages related to the cohesion and integration of our society.
Below is a list of events to look out for;
Moving Photography Exhibition: Kenya’s Beautiful People by Neil Thomas Sept. 20 – 29 @ All Festival Venues
Musical & Performance Workshops for Teenagers Sept. 20-21, 2012 @ the GoDown Arts Centre
Festival Curtain Raiser: Sidi Goma Concert, Sept. 22 2012 @ Alliance
Tickets: ksh 1,200
Outdoor Event/Community Tournament*: Samosa Play, Sept 23 2012 @ Karura Forest
This is an all Day Event which is Open to the public
Sponsors Night: Sidi Goma Concert, Sept. 24 2012 @ National Museum [Invite Only]
Samosa Mobile Cinema, Sept. 24-26 @ Mathare, Kangemi & Kibera respectively
Tides*: Cultural response to Corruption in Kenya, Sept. 25 2012 @ National Theatre
Tickets: Kshs 800
Hadithi*: The Art of Storytelling in Slam Poetry, Sept. 26 2012 @ National Theatre Courtyard
Tickets: Kshs 500
Concert in the Forest*: SAMOSA String & Sculpture, Sept. 27 2012 @ Karura Forest
Tickets: Kshs 1,500
Pigo la Moyo/Heartbeat of Kenya is her People*: Slum Drummers Vs Sidi Goma Vs Dhol Xtacy, Sept 29 2012 @ KICC
Tickets: Adults Kshs 1500, Students with ID Kshs 500 & children under 5 free
For additional information: Festival Website
Tel. contacts: 0728 SAMOSA 
FYI: SAMOSA stands for ‘South Asian Mosaic of Society and the Arts’
Hosts: Mark Kaigwa & Pinky Ghelani
Poetry Performance by: Raya Wambui, El Poet, Young Nnoiz, Black Skillz
Music by: Waithera, Patoh & Peter Nyabuto
Art Exhibition by: Nduta Kariuki & Ian Weswa
The Story Moja Hay Festival Stir Up: Presents The School Bell Rings. After the school bell rings, life begins.
The School Bell Rings is a new and entirely unique production, bringing in both brand new pieces and old favourites, but turning them all on their heads. More than just a spoken word event, it is a multi media production featuring music, film, spoken word and dance, showcasing a collection of some of the best Kenyan spoken word artists, all taking their pieces to the next level.
Artists include Kennet B, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Abu Sense, Moraa, Achieng Odhiambo, Zosi, SpeCfyd, Sam-O and music by Jemedari.
Date: Saturday 16th September 2012
Time: 9pm to 11pm
Venue: National Museum, Courtyard.
Price: ONLY 300/-
Tickets for the show also include access to the Up Lounge, a party hosted by Up magazine, starting at 7:00 pm till late.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/329553910460450/
Featured Poet Moraa & Featured Artist Juliani
MC: Cindy Ogana
For more information: http://kwani.org/event/openmic/107/kwani_open_mic_september_edition_2012.htm
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/229187263870958/
Straight from the organiser: 7 reasons to be at Sitawa Ignited this Saturday, The Business Lounge, 4th Flr, Nakumatt Junction from 5.30pm
1. A chance to grab Hay Festival tickets which is happening at The Museum this year
2. A chance to win Number nane’s , he was June’s guest poet, CD…it is DIVINE
3. The amazing Business Lounge ambience which you all know is to die for
4. Poetry by Sitawa, Blackskillz, Femme Chorale and the list goes on
5. Music by Lele and Sitawa might sing
6. A free glass of wine on the house
7. Review of Chris Lyimo’s book; My side of the street which talks about his amazing journey through alcoholism
8. A free copy of Boniface Mwangi’s Heal the Nation’s Documentary for everyone in the audience.
A music and poetry open mic jam will be taking place at Urban Flavas Bar and Grill, Kobil, Ojijo Road, Parklands (next to K1) on Friday
24th August. Doors open at 8.00pm and the open mic runs at 9-11pm.
There will be an Afro-groove after-party courtesy of the Urban Flava DJ’s.
Entry is Sh300. Free for R&S early sign up poets. Free R&S mix cd’s for first 15 guests.
On the 4th August, the B.O.G.O.F. (Being Only Great of Finesse) arts extravaganza returns, to the Hilton Nairobi. The event dubbed Still Cape Able will take place between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Entry charges for the event will be Kshs. 300.
The B.O.G.O.F. will feature a wide array of performers from poets, artists, singers’, rappers, sketch artists and photographers.
The poets scheduled to perform are; Abu Sense, Number Eight, Samo and The Almighty. Cynthia Waliaula, Marie, Charlie Ouda and Lele Band with grace the stage with their musical prowess. Sammy Luvonga, a first time performer, will feature in the nouveau artist segment.
Also featured will be DreamteamVille, an upcoming rap group who will launch a new single. Sketch artistes Siege, Rama, Denet, Melpractie and Nduta will add flair to the event with their visual art. The photographers Rowena and Magic Lens will take pictures for the event which will be displayed on the website www.thebogof.com and on the Facebook page.
About the B.O.G.O.F
There are dozens of events in Nairobi City, amid all the humdrum here is an event with a purpose. The B.O.G.O.F. ™ (Being Only Great of Finesse) is an event that occurs almost every two months and is hosted at the Hilton Hotel Nairobi.
The B.O.G.O.F seeks to revolutionize self using a blend of Music and art. It was founded by Le Cleric in December 2010 and the first event was on the 14th of that month.
Since then there have been seven B.O.G.O.F events with the next been the eight. The overall objective is to create a platform where artists and fans can interact through socially positive content that will empower individuals to be the change they want to see in society. Join us on August 4th 2012 and bare witness to creativity.