Posts filed under ‘Poetry’

Party: French Connection, Apr. 19 2014 @ Ebony Lounge

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April 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

BOGOF: Arise from Us, Mar. 29 2014 @ Hilton

BOGOF
Date: March 29, 2014
Venue: Hilton Hotel
Time: from 3 pm
Tickets: Kshs 1000

March 25, 2014 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

Kwani? Open Mic. Feat. Ngartia & Kaesa, Apr. 1 2014 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

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March 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

International Women’s Day Celebrations: Sauti za Mabinti, Mar. 8 2014 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

Sauti za Mabinti
Date: March 8, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
Time: 6pm
Free Entrance

SAUTI ZA MABINTI
Young women artists come together in a two-part production bringing to stage a diversity of artistic skills in performance poetry, spoken word, femcee, hip hop, rap, neo-soul and afro-fusion.

Kike Tele, an initiative that collects and tells stories about women, presents ‘The Edge of Womanhood’. The show is a performance piece scripted poetically that explores different stereotypes of women revealing the fallacy of stereotypes.

Performers include: Mwende Ngao, Rein, Raya, Amare Poete, Namatsi Lukoye.

Sauti za Mabinti is a platform to empower and promote young female artists.

‘The Phenomenal Women’ will be emceed by Anitah Raey, poet and presenter with Ghetto radio on the NiajeNiaje.

Performers will include: Her-She, Latisha aka Laty, Shikow Femi One, Samantha M-ill, Vivian Kenya, Basilica Wairimu ‘Taamic’, Lilian Ayanga aka Pluto and Judy Ogake aka Sugar.

March 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm 2 comments

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

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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

A Night of Poetry & Performance with Staceyann Chin + Binyavanga Wainaina, Jan. 30 2014 @ Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel

Staceyann Chin
The NEST will once again host the Jamaican poet and performance artist Staceyann Chin alongside our very own Binyavanga Wainaina this Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi from 7.30pm, for a night of conversations and performances.

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Venue: Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel
Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets: Ksh 500

Pay for advance tickets through MPESA on 0724 947587, or pick them up at the NEST located on Jabavu road, Kilimani, and the BONK shop at the Junction Mall (Ngong Road).

January 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Fatuma’s Voice: Poetic Justice, Jan. 24 2014 @ Pawa 254 Hub

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January 20, 2014 at 6:28 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 spokenworlds@literaturwerkstatt.org or at Goethe Institut by Wednesday, November 13th between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.) Karibuni nyote!

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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
Programme
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

Kwani Open Mic: featured Poet Tear Drops, Nov. 5 2013 @ Imax Cinema

Open Mic Nov 5 2013
Date: November 5, 2013
Venue: Imax Cinema
Time: 7-9.30 pm

Featured poet: Tear Drops

October 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Mini StoryMoja Hay Festival, Nov. 2 2013 @ National Museum

November 2nd 2013 Mini Fest Programme
Date: November 2, 2013
Venue: National Museum of Kenya
Time: from 11 am
Entry: Kshs 1000 (Storymoja Hay Festival Season Tickets are Valid)

Programme
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

Download November 2nd 2013 Mini Fest Programme

October 29, 2013 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

Fatuma’s Voice: ‘Parliamentary Puppetry’, Oct. 18 2013 @ Pawa 254 Hub

Fatumas Voice
Join Fatuma’s Voice on an evening of togetherness, heated debates, laughter, deep poetry and soothing music.

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.

October 15, 2013 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Spoken Word: Silent Prayer, Oct. 17 2013 @ Dass Ethiopian Restaurant

Silent
Date: October 17, 2013
Venue: Dass Ethiopian Restaurant
Time: 6-9 pm
Entry: Kshs 500

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.

October 9, 2013 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

Wamathai Spoken Word, Oct. 12 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

Wamathai
Wamathai Spoken Word is back on the 12th October after a short hiatus. The venue has shifted to the more spacious Louis Leakey Auditorium at the National Museum.

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: hello@wamathai.com , 0704 090471

Ample and Secure Parking Available.

October 4, 2013 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

Party with the Stars! at Storymoja HayFestival Launch Party, Sept. 19 2013 @ National Museum

Party with the Stars
Date: September 19, 2013
Venue: National Museum of Kenya
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 5000 [includes season pass]
Call: 0724 913 364

June Gachui brings you the acclaimed Motown in Nairobi with Denise Gordon [USA] and Different Faces Band

All that Jazz at Storymoja…

September 16, 2013 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

Poetry/Spoken Word: Fatuma’s Voice, Every Friday @ Pawa 254 Hub

Fatumas Voice
Dates: Every Friday
Venue: PAWA 254, Africa Alliance of YMCA Building, State House Crescent
Time: 4-7 pm
Tickets: KShs 100
Contacts: 0722 535 035

Website: http://fatumasvoice.org/

September 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

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

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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

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

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

NaiNiWho Festival: Zone 7 [Muthaiga, Karura & Gigiri], Jun. 29-Jul. 5 2013 @ Various Venues

Nai ni Who
NAI NI WHO FESTIVAL goes to Muthaiga, Karura and Gigiri

Dates: June 29 – July 5, 2013
Venues: Various

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.

Programme
Nai ni Who Fest

June 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

[Postponed] Party: Sensation Kenya, Sept. 14 2013 @ Carnivore Gardens

Sensation Kenya
Date: September 14, 2013
Venue: Carnivore Restaurant Gardens

Ticket sales start from June 27, 2013. More info available at http://www.sensation.com/kenya/en/

June 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

Kwani Sunday Saloon, Jun. 23 2013 @ the elephant [formerly Kifaru Gardens]

Kwani Sunday Salon
Date: June 23, 2013
Venue: the elephant, formerly Kifaru Gardens
Time: 3-9 pm
Entry: Free

Readings from: Nadifa Mohamed – UK, Adam Foulds – UK, Thabiso Mohare – South Africa, Billy Kahora – Kenya & Abdul Adan – Kenya

For more info. visit Kwani? website

June 17, 2013 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Kwani? Open Mic, Jun. 7 2013 @ Arfa Lounge

Kwani June 2013

May 31, 2013 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

Unsilence! Writers & Society: A Public Lecture by Shailja Patel, May 22 2013 @ Goethe Institut

Unsilence
Shailja Patel an acclaimed US-Based Kenyan Poet and Human Rights Activist

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
Venue: Goethe-Institut-Nairobi
Time: 5:00pm
Entry: Free

Shailja Patel at TED

This event is organized by PEN Kenya Centre and supported by the Goethe-Institut.

May 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

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

Bogof poster
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

Kwani Open Mic ft. Mufasa, May 7 2013 @ Arfa Lounge

May 2013 Kwani Open Mic

May 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

Poetry: The Stream, May 5 2013 @ Rainforest Lounge

POSTER
Date: May 5, 2013
Venue: Rain Forest Lounge
Time: 2pm
Entry: 500/- adults, Kids: 200/-
M-PESA to: 0722535035 or 0722790479

Directions
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.

April 29, 2013 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Literature Forum: Amka Space – Guest Muthoni Likimani, Apr. 27 2013 @ Goethe-Institut Library

Date & Time: Saturday, 27th April 2013, 10.00 – 1 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut Library
Entry: Free

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.

April 24, 2013 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

Neo-Soul & Spoken Word Easter Special, Mar 31 2013 @ O’Sinkirri Bar & Lounge

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March 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment

Kwani? Open Mic April Edition: ft. Poet Raya Wambui 2013 Apr. 2 2013 @ Arfa Lounge

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Date: April 2, 2013
Venue: Arfa Lounge, Mama Ngina St. Inside Imax Cinema
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 250

March 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

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