Posts filed under ‘Poetry’
On July 26th 2014, come be part of an enthralling music, poetry, and art extravaganza at the Hilton Nairobi’s Amboseli ballroom.
The event dubbed “TOMORROW IS ME” is brought to you courtesy of, the B.O.G.O.F. events in collaboration with the Hilton Nairobi.
The event will run from 3 pm to 7 pm. Charges for the event will be KES. 1,000 at the door, KES. 500 for students (with proof of ID) and KES. 800 for advance tickets’ available on JamboPay.
The host at “TOMORROW IS ME” will be the vivacious radio personality Cindy Ogana.
She will guide you through a line-up that includes the musical talents of the sensual Lele Ngoma, the soulful music of Jarel the artist and the sensational entertaining songs of The Opening Act.
The event will feature performance poets too. Michael Onsando will give a reading form his anthology “Something Quite Unlike Myself”. Tear Drops, one of Nairobi top poets who performs in Sheng, will enthral the audience with his heartfelt and thought provoking recitals and the genteel Veon Ngugi will provoke your thoughts with her prowess and mastery of spoken word.
The visual arts will be deftly represented by Denet, Nduta, Mel Ogana and Siege. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, join us at “TOMORROW IS ME” and witness pictures that bring to mind endless prose and poetry.
This promises to be a treat for the lovers of art and culture, with sensual delights for the eyes and ears. If you are looking for entertainment that will scratch beneath the surface, to pull your heart’s strings and tingle your mind’s core, The B.O.G.O.F. at the Hilton is an event you should plan to attend.
“TOMORROW IS ME” is a call to each of us to recognize that our future is in our own hands. If we want change we should go out and do it ourselves.
Tribute to MAYA ANGELOU – the late African American Poet & Priter, Jul. 5 2014 @ Paa ya Paa Arts Centre
The ARTIST: Sylvia B. Bryant – Dancer- Teacher -Choreographer-Educator
Sylvia B. Bryant holds a B.S. degree from Tuskegee University and M. S. from Vanderbilt University graduate hours from Connecticut College School of Dance in New London, CT., and has studied extensively at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City.
Sylvia’s teaching and choreography is based primarily on the Martha Graham technique. Her background includes work with artists such as Martha Graham, Rod Rodgers, Jose Limon, Charles Moore, George Faison and Margaret Fisk Taylor Doane, one of the pioneers in sacred dance. She has danced and conducted workshops throughout the country and has directed dance programs at Fisk University and Philander Smith College. Sylvia has done choreography for a number of television productions and has made a number of television appearances. One of the highlights of Sylvia’s dance experiences was an invitation to London, England to dance in the historic Wesley’s Chapel for their morning service.
Presently, Sylvia is an Administrator in the Montclair Public Schools in Montclair, New Jersey as the District Parent/Family Coordinator
International Women’s Day Celebrations: Sauti za Mabinti, Mar. 8 2014 @ Alliance Française Auditorium
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.
A Night of Poetry & Performance with Staceyann Chin + Binyavanga Wainaina, Jan. 30 2014 @ Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel
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).
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