Posts tagged ‘Kenya’
Join Kwani? Trust for a special edition of Sunday Salon featuring writers from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Is it prize season, you ask? Yes it is!
Winner of Kwani Trust’s Manuscript Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Jennifer Makumbi, reads from her just-launched novel, Kintu, published by Kwani?
The Shortlisted Writers of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature – Yewande Omotoso, author of Bom Boy, Karen Jennings, author of Finding Soutbek and the overall winner, NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names, read from their work.
Kwani? Trust sends off the two Kenyan writers shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014; Billy Kahora and Okwiri Oduor, with readings from their nominated stories ahead of the announcement of the overall winner in Oxford in July.
Live music by KIU
Find more info here
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival showcasing Kenya’s Folk Life, Jun. 25-29 & Jul. 2-9 2014 in Washington DC
Dates: June 25-29 & July 2-9 2014
Location: Washington DC
A wide array of indigenous Kenyan cultural practices will be on display accompanied by exhibition curated by Kenyan artists from all walks of life.
For more info visit http://www.festival.si.edu/2014/Kenya/
Also check out the festival’s Facebook Page
A partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the Government of Kenya Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts.
Performing artistes include Eric Wainaina, Aaron Rimbui, Chris Adwar and The Villagers.
Special guest Baaba Maal from Senegal.
The exhibition features 25 artists from 6 countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda and Ethiopia.
Artists Showing: Dawit Abebe. Cloudy Chatanda, Eltayeb Dawelbait, Kebreab Demeke, Salah Elmur, Tamrat Gezagegn, Wanja Kimani, Ehoodi Kichapi, Otieno Kota, Mbuthia Maina, Vita Malulu, Sidney Mang’ong’o, Henry Mzili Mujunga, Patrick Mulondo, Ulindula Mwakisopile, Ian Mwesiga, Paul Ndema, Eria ‘Sane’ Nsubuga, Michael Soi, Ephrem Solomon, Nadir Tharani and John Taouss Tuyisabe.
All works for this exhibition were carefully selected by Circle’s curator, Danda Jaroljmek with support from Circle Art Agency’s wide-reaching network including: 32º East, Kampala; Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam; Wanja Kimani and Karen Obling in Addis Ababa and Salah Elmur in Khartoum.
For More info visit http://www.circleartagency.com/exhibitions/
The Walk With Rangers from Arusha to Nairobi will take place in June from the 12th to the 18th. Participants can choose to do either the 8- day Tanzania trek or the 7- day kenya leg, or the combined 15- day trek.
The aim is to have as many people as possible interact with rangers and really get a feel of what we endure on a daily basis.
The walk is completely not for profit and the costings will only cover the walk’s expenses, we encourage anyone who can raise funds for the projects indicated in the e-flyer to get in touch with us for fundraising forms and letters.
Follow the walk here
2nd Nairobi Cultural Festival: Different Colours One People – Visit Emb. Of Mexico Stand, May 10 2014 @ National Museum
This will be the Second Nairobi Cultural Festival in which the following countries alongside Mexico will showcase their cultural expressions and sell typical food and drinks: Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Botswana, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.
There will also be a Children’s Corner, where for a small fee kids can have tattoos and face painting done, do their own paintings and play under supervision.
Date: Saturday May 10, 2014
Venue: National Museum Grounds
The event starts at 10 am and goes up to 5 pm.
Entrance is free.
Day of Cultural Expression is organised by the Research Institute of Swahili Studies of Eastern Africa (RISSEA) that is part of the National Museums of Kenya.
HOUSE OF LUNGULA, will be exclusively available at www.buni.tv/lungula from May 4, 2014.
HOUSE OF LUNGULA caused a stir when it was released in cinemas last February to packed audiences in Nairobi and Mombasa. The local blockbuster, which stars Ian Mbugua, Lizz Njagah, Gerald Langiri and Sarah Hassan and is directed by Alexandros Konstantaras, is a sexy, laugh-out-loud comedy in the vein of big Hollywood hits like THE HANGOVER or AMERICAN PIE – and a first of its kind in Kenya.
But the limited theater run and great word-of-mouth left a lot more Kenyans – especially in the diaspora – eager to see the movie. From May 4, viewers worldwide will finally be able to satisfy their curiosity!
With HOUSE OF LUNGULA, Buni.tv will be piloting a pay-per-view option for new movie releases, in addition to its usual subscription model. For 150ksh ($3.99 for the diaspora), users will be able to rent the film and watch it at their convenience during a 3-day period, and without having to subscribe to Buni.tv’s monthly premium service Buni+. After the initial exclusive release period of a couple weeks, the film will become available to Buni+ subscribers at no extra cost to them.
“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of people outside Kenya requesting to watch HOUSE OF LUNGULA,” said director Alex Konstantaras. “Buni.tv created the avenue that we were looking for in order to reach those people around the world.”
Read the HOUSE OF LUNGULA review here
About Buni.tv and Buni Media
Launched in April 2012, leading African VOD service Buni.tv is a service of Buni Media (www.bunimedia.com), a multi-media company with offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Los Angeles, California. Buni Media is the production outlet behind The XYZ Show, Africa’s first political satire program featuring life-size latex puppets.
The XYZ Show (www.xyzshow.com) reaches an audience of more than 10 million people every month through its various platforms.
January 30 – February 6, 2014 Until February 12, 2014
Venue: 50 participating restaurants across the city
Cost: Menus priced from Kshs 1250 or Kshs 1750 (inclusive of taxes)
Full list of restaurants participating in #NRW2014 can be accessed here
Dates: January 11-24, 2014
Venue: Banana Hill Art Gallery
Mindspeak: The challenges facing Kenya & Africa by IMF MD Christine Lagarde, Jan. 6 2013 @ Inter-Con Nairobi
Chief Guest: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Co-hosted by Aly – Khan Satchu and Vimal Shah
Exhibition of Contemporary Painting by Tom Mboya, Cartoon Joseph & Charles Kamya, Nov. 5-18 2013 @ Village Market – Old Exhibition Hall
Dates: November 5-18, 2013
Venue: Village Market – Old Exhibition Hall
Time: 7 am – 8 pm daily Monday – Sunday
Exhibition by: Tom Mboya – Kenya, Cartoon Joseph – Kenya & Charles Kamya – Uganda
Date: Sunday 20th October 2013
Venue: Tree House, Nairobi
Time: 7pm – 5am
Tickets: Kshs. 1000
Age: +21 (proof of age required)
Hosted By: Dj Cortega,Electrique Djs & the Beat Parade Band
MC: Coco Rasta Ngori
Sarabi will be performing Live from 8pm, paying tribute to Kenya’s Mashujaa’s including the Westage Heroes.
RENATO XTROVA PROFILE
Costa, Renato best known as Xtrova was born in Luanda, Angola, and early age showed interest in the world of DJs and musical production inspired by the bests national and international djs that marked the end of his 90s and early 2000. In 2003, he discovered his passion for house music. Renato Xtrova has since done many collaborations, productions and remixes and when it comes to House Music in Africa Renato Xtrova is a name to keep in mind, because without doubt this young man is a great promise in the world of electronic music specifically in the House Music.
SARABI was formed in 2005 and has in the recent years proved to be one of the most promising Afro Fusion Band in Kenya. The group is made up of 8 young Men hailing from the Eastlands Slums of Nairobi. All the members started playing music at an early age of 11 yrs and have over the years worked together to create one of the most solid bands in the Kenyan Music Scene.
Their music, made up of heavy traditional Kenyan Rythms, Benga and a blend of Western sounds has proved to be the missing link in the Afro-fusion Genre of Music. A feature on Drum Magazine in Oct 2007 declared the Band as the next force in Kenyan music.
Electrafrique is premier concert series bringing together a worldwide network of artistes fusing elements of African music with Electronic Music. Pioneered by Swiss international Dj Cortega, and championed by such brand ambassadors as Electrique Djs & The Beat Parade Band from Kenya, Electrafrique is an obsession with the magical rhythm element in African Music in fusion with contemporary urban/futuristic electronic beats culminating in a sound that identifies solidly as African and resonates with people from all corners of the world.
AFRO HOUSE | DEEP HOUSE | SOULFUL HOUSE | TRIBAL HOUSE | AFRICAN SOUL | COUPE DE CALLE | KUDURO
All photography or other forms of media coverage such as video recording or interviews are restricted to the official Electrafrique Media Team.
Electrafrique & Tree House reserves the right to deny entry to anyone in violation of these rights.
Exhibition: Jungle Beauty [Elephant Paintings] by Collective African Artists, Aug. 17-30 2013 @ Banana Hill Art Gallery
Dates: August 17-30, 2013
Venue: Banana Hill Art Gallery
Tel: 0733 882 660 or 0711 756 911
:New and Fresh:
A night filled with Fresh Smooth Jazz and Afro Soul. We have loads in store for you including special acts.
The best new acts in East Africa.
Date: August 4th 2013
Venue: Tree House
Time: 7pm – Onwards
Tickets: Kshs. 1500
Within the framework Ukenia Dance Theatre Production the project platform FinjeFinje was developed – which is inspired by the fifty years of independence that Kenya will be celebrating in 2013. As the organiser states, this is a very important milestone for the Kenyan people. While questions still linger as to the equality that Kenyans enjoy and/or crave for in their quest for economic freedom, this is a period that is worth celebrating. The platform, therefore, is geared towards sharing the creative power in celebration of the struggles that Kenyans go through as a people rich of diverse cultural understanding.
Simply Dogs is the first of the creative projects within the FinjeFinje platform that shows a contemporary dance piece, comprising 5 dancers from Kenya and DRC.
Participating alongside producer and choreographer Kebaya Moturi will be dancers with varied backgrounds, namely Adam Chienjo, Sarah Kwalah, Jack Bryton and Congolese Doudou Saidi, who brings in a wealth knowledge of dance from Congo.
Technical support will be provided by Eddy Mokaya.
Exhibition: Sanctuary – Home, Away, the Common Ground Part II, Jul. 11 – Sept. 21 2013 @ SOAS London
Dates: July 11- September 21, 2013
Venue: School of African Oriental Studies, London UK
Donations for this cause: http://www.justgiving.com/sanctuaryartists
Bringing awareness to the work of the Metropolitan Sanctuary for sick children in Nyeri, Kenya
Readings from: Nadifa Mohamed – UK, Adam Foulds – UK, Thabiso Mohare – South Africa, Billy Kahora – Kenya & Abdul Adan – Kenya
For more info. visit Kwani? website
Performances by: Jahm (PHL) Kombo (KE) and a very special guest (U.S.A.)
A night of 3 different artists, 3 countries, 3 sets
Date: June 6, 2013
Venue: Tree House, Museum Hill, – International Casino Complex
Time: 8.30 -11.00
Jahm plays a vibrant mix of phillipino reggae, pop and elements of experimental. Kombo will hit the stage with his warm coastal groove and later back up a very special guest from U.S.A. – presenting a wonderful mix of her current N.Y.C. based songs and her Sudan musical roots as well.
Something Necessary is an intimate moment in the lives of Anne and Joseph. A woman struggling to rebuild her life after the civil unrest that swept Kenya after the 2007 elections claiming the life of her husband, the health of her son and leaving her home on an isolated farm in the Kenyan countryside in ruins, she now has nothing but her resolve to rebuild her life left. A young man, troubled gang member who participated in the countrywide violence is drawn to Anne and her farm seemingly in search of redemption. Both, Joseph and Anne need something that only the other can give to allow them to shed the painful memories of their past and move on. – IMDb
Watch the trailer
Some members of the cast and crew will be at the screening for a discussion after the film.
For more info visit http://www.laketurkanafestival.com/
Guest: Author Dr. Auma Obama [reading excerpts of her book] followed by screening of The Education of Auma Obama in the presence of the film director Branwen Okpako
The Kenyan Boys choir presents Mokole International choir from Germany
Featuring the Kenyan Girls choir in Nairobi County
Date: March 24, 2013
Venue: KICC Amphitheatre
Time: 3 pm
Tickets: Kshs 500 and VIP Kshs 3,000
Contact: 0728-265 344
Come and witness Western choir sing and Dance African
Date: March 1, 2013
Venue: Goethe Instut
Time: 4 & 6 pm
Screening of: Ni Sisi and Something Necessary
For more info: Goethe Institut website
After learning that Brand Kenya would have an exhibition centre during the Olympics, Ruby undertook a project to showcase to both tourists and investors aspects of our country which many people are not familiar with. She also wanted members of the Kenyan Diaspora to get a glimpse of how far we have come, particularly in the last 10 years.
The clip was shown at Kenya House in London and has since been uploaded onto YouTube having about 8,000 views in just 5 days.
View: Kenya Today really worth Knowing
Come interact with the artist and learn more about her work and experiences this Thursday, 14th February at Kuona Trust from 2pm.
Out of Town: 1st Edition of EAC Arts & Culture Festival – Jamafest, Feb. 11-17 2013 @ Kigali – Rwanda
Dates: February 11-17, 2013
Venue: Kigali, Rwanda
Theme: Fostering the East African Community Integration through Cultural Industries
For more information: http://jamafest.org/
Dates: February 14-17, 2013
Venue: Old Fort in Zanzibar
Festival Tickets*: EA Residents US $29, International Visitors US $109
Programme: Festival Timetable
*Festival admission prices vary with citizeship. Find full info here
The festival will celebrate a lifetime achievement of bringing together artists and audiences from around Africa and beyond with enriching cultural experiences, promoting cultural diversity and social development for the past 10 years.
Sauti za Busara is an annual music event in East Africa and widely known as ‘the friendliest festival on the planet’. This edition will feature 200 musicians: more than twenty five groups from East Africa and beyond; acoustic and electric, upcoming and established – all performing live.
The Old Fort will host three nights of non-stop live music, with the main programme continuing Friday through Sunday with performances from 5pm until 1am.
The festival also features African Music Films: documentaries, music videos and live concert footage, all focused on promoting the richness and diversity of African music as screened in the amphitheatre of the Old Fort.
Headline Artist Cheikh Lo – Senegal
Headline artist for the 10th edition of Sauti za Busara is internationally acclaimed Baye Fall artist Cheikh Lo from Senegal. A superb singer and songwriter as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist and drummer he has personalized and distilled a variety of influences from West and Central Africa, to create a style that is uniquely his own.
To celebrate ten years of Sauti za Busara, the festival showcases “Best of the Best”; audience favourites of past years including Tanzania’s DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra.
Zanzibar’s Culture Musical Club will also showcase at the 10th edition and they remain the most prolific and successful taarab orchestra from East Africa.
Other main acts include Khaira Arby (Mali), Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka (Zimbabwe), Atongo Zimba (Ghana), N’Faly Kouyaté (Guinea), Nathalie Natiembe (Reunion), Nawal & Les Femmes de la Lune (Comoros/Mayotte), Wazimbo (Mozambique), The Moreira Project (Mozambique/South Africa), Owiny Sigoma Band (Kenya/UK), Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Msafiri Zawose & Sauti Band (Tanzania), Mani Martin (Rwanda), Burkina Electric (Burkina Faso/USA), Lumumba Theatre Group (Tanzania), Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal/Sweden), Super Maya Baikoko (Tanzania), Peter Msechu (Tanzania) and many more.
Sauti za Busara will continue to host the Movers & Shakers networking forum for local and visiting arts professionals. This networking space facilitates discussions, exchange and development of ideas on the creative industries in the East African region and beyond.
It’s not just the festival that puts on a show; the local community is encouraged to take part by hosting Busara Xtra fringe events. These include traditional ngoma drum and dance, fashion shows, dhow races, open-mic sessions, after-parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestras as arranged by the local community.
For More Information: www.busaramusic.org
Public Lecture: Facing special Challenges – the Israeli Supreme Court, Dec. 18 2012 @ University of Nairobi
Date: December 18, 2012
Venue: 8-4-4 Hall, University of Nairobi
Time: 3 pm
Speaker: Justice Eliezer Rivlin, former deputy president Israeli Supreme Court
Commentary: Hon (Dr.) Willy Mutunga – Chief Justice/President – Supreme Court of Kenya
For more info: UoN website