Posts filed under ‘Poetry’
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 email@example.com 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.
Performance Poetry – A project between Nairobi & Berlin: Spoken Wor:l:ds, Nov. 6-16 2013 @ Various Venues
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
More info here
Featured poet: Tear Drops
Kofi Awoonor Tribute Lecture
11.00am – 12.15pm| Louis leakey Auditorium
Founding editor of Kwani?, Caine Prize Winner and author of ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’, Binyavanga Wainaina honours the late great Ghanaian Writer, Kofi Awoonor.
In Partnership with Kwani Trust
Community Policing and Online Activism: Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
11.00am – 12.15pm|Ampitheatre
Kenya: We are one… or are we? Join this engaging discussion on communities’ reactions and its effects on cohesion, segregation and shaping identity. How much have you done or given to secure the welfare of your community?
In Partnership with UP Magazine
Blogging In Kenya
12.45- 2.30pm|Louis Leakey Auditorium
Join David Mugo (BAKE Kenyan Blog of the Year: niaje.com), Njeri Wangari (POWO and kenyanpoet.com),Jackson Biko (BAKE Creative Writing Winner: bikozulu.co.ke) and Emmie Kio (Tracking The Agricultural Scent: http://emmiekio.blogspot.com) as they talk to Robert Kunga of the Bloggers’ Association of Kenya about their passions online and off.
In partnership with the Bloggers Association of Kenya
Real Life Events Inspire Fiction
12.45pm -2.00pm| Ampitheatre
Authors Kinyanjui Kombani (The Last Villains of Molo) and Richard Crompton (The Honey Guide) both set their novels against a backdrop of real life events – the Molo tribal clashes of 1992 and the electoral violence of 2007.
What are the issues and ethics of incorporating real-life events into fiction? How does reality work in a narrative context? And does there need to be a certain distance, in time or space, between the events described and the decision to create a work of fiction about them? Can novelists tell a greater truth about real events than journalists or historians are capable of? Or are they exploiting human tragedy for the sake of entertainment?
Disrupting Sanitised History: The ICC Witness Project
2.30pm – 3.45pm | Louis Leakey Auditorium
Powerful readings from ‘Their Justice Shall Be Our Justice: A Dialogue on the ICC Witness Project’, which originally appeared in The New Inquiry. The ICC Witness Project is a collaboration between Kenyan poets to imagine and amplify the voices of some of the missing witnesses for the ICC trial, to make sure the victims and survivors of the post-election violence that rocked Kenya in 2008 are not forgotten.
Mshai Mwangola with thanks to the New Inquiry
Drumbeats on Mobile
2:30pm – 3:45pm | Amphitheatre
Following the steamy launch of the Drumbeats Romance series at the Storymoja Hay Festival, where sexologist Getrude Mungai unveiled the secret territory before the point of no return… we invite you to join this second installation of Drumbeats on Mobile. Light the flame of East African love, and download Drumbeat stories on your mobile phone.
Art and Activism
4:15pm – 5:30pm | Louis Leakey Auditorium
Patrick Gathara is one of Kenya’s bravest cartoonists, whose blog is a must read – gathara.blogspot.com. He is joined by Kenyan performance scholar and renowned storyteller, Mshai Mwangola who is also the former chairperson of the Governing Council of the Kenya Cultural Centre in a discussion on transforming society through art.
2013/2014 Fire by Ten touring show
4:15pm – 5:30pm |Amphitheatre¬
The Th¬eatre Company’s exciting theatrical show is based on the thrills, temptations, desires and fears of Kenyan Athletes ‘Kimbia’ is a strong inter-disciplinary production that combines theatre, music, dance, and multimedia. Join Cajetan Boy, Joseph Murungu, Edward Nthiga, Joseph Gichinga and Ogutu Muraya- ¬The Th¬eatre Company’s Performance Lab
Date: October 18, 2013
Venue: Pawa 254 Hub
Time: 4-7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 100
Does the African Union represent the African people or is it there to serve the egoistic lot that runs African governments? I bet no African country was forced into signing the Rome Statute. Why is it that they are now fighting as a unit to get out of it when things have become hot? Is African democracy real or is it still a fantasy? Do the people have a say in making such decisions as their countries being part of the ICC or is it simply a closed room presidents’ affair?
After an emotive session on relationships, this Friday we embark on discussions around the AU verdict that President Uhuru Kenyatta shouldn’t go to the ICC and how African leaders want to escape punishment for crimes against humanity. That, plus what we understand on our political rights as Africans, and how nepotism, injustice, sexism and classism have shaped our politics and cultural lives.
Performances by: Achieng Abura, Hellen Akoth Mtawali, Peter Nyabuto, Ricardo Benon among other artists
The event is a dedication to Naphtali Okal and other victims that lost their lives during the Westgate Attack.
The event will be hosted by Sadia Ahmed. It will feature performances by Elani, Adelle Onyango, El Poet, Eudiah Kamonjo, Mwende Ngao and Raya Wambui. There will also be an art exhibition by Nduta Kariuki and Ian Weswa.
Tickets: Kshs. 400 in advance & Kshs. 500 at the gate.
[Buy advance tickets by sending cash via MPESA to 0704 090471 [a confirmation message will be sent to you with a ticket number once payment is received]
Time: 3–7 pm
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org , 0704 090471
Ample and Secure Parking Available.
June Gachui brings you the acclaimed Motown in Nairobi with Denise Gordon [USA] and Different Faces Band
All that Jazz at Storymoja…
NAI NI WHO FESTIVAL goes to Muthaiga, Karura and Gigiri
Dates: June 29 – July 5, 2013
Nature Lovers: Get to visit the Karura Forest and experience beautiful sites such as waterfalls, caves and birdlife on Saturday and Sunday (Fees charged on entry).
For a taste of art: Visit the One-Off Gallery on Saturday, have coffee and interact with the artists as you get to check out the artwork.
Ticket sales start from June 27, 2013. More info available at http://www.sensation.com/kenya/en/
Readings from: Nadifa Mohamed – UK, Adam Foulds – UK, Thabiso Mohare – South Africa, Billy Kahora – Kenya & Abdul Adan – Kenya
For more info. visit Kwani? website
Introduction by Khainga O’Okwemba (President, PEN Kenya)
Panel: Prof Chris Wanjala,Prof Elizabeth Orchardson-Mazrui,Dr Tom Odhiambo,Dr Waveney Olembo,Eliphas Nyamogo,Tony Mochama.
Date: Thursday May 23, 2013
Shailja Patel at TED
This event is organized by PEN Kenya Centre and supported by the Goethe-Institut.
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 email@example.com 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