CBA Africa Concours d’ Elegance 2017: Beauty and the Beasts, Sept. 24 2017 @ Ngong Racecourse


Date: Sunday, 24th September 2017
Venue: Nairobi Racecourse, Ngong Road
Time: starting from 9:00 am

Advance Tickets: Adults KES 950, Children KES 450 – available at all CBA branches in Nairobi & Thika, Sarova Panafric, The Stanley, Capital FM and TicketSasa
Gate charges: Adult Kshs 1,000, Child Kshs 500

About
East Africa’s most prestigious spectator motor-show event, the CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance.

This year’s will be the 47th edition of Concours d’Elegance, a lifestyle event that is acclaimed for the beauty and elegance showcased by both the competitors and the spectators. Apart from the judging of 70 classic and vintage cars and 40 motorcycles – the centre piece of the event – there will be a grand finale involving; pyrotechnics, a fashion show and live performance by Nyashinski. The theme for this year’s Concours is, Beauty and the Beast.

It is the ideal fun-family experience, organized by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and proudly sponsored by Commercial Bank of Africa.

https://concourskenya.com/

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September 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Photo Exhibition on LA SAPE (Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant People), Sept. 18-29 2017 @ Alliance Française


A Photo Exhibition by Baudouin Mousanda (from Brazzaville) and Yves Sambu (from Kinshasa)

Dates: September 18 – 29, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française, Nairobi

About
The CPF (Comité permanent de la Francophonie au Kenya), an apolitical, non-denominational and non-profit organization which regroups member states of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF – Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) based in Nairobi, in partnership with the Alliance Française, present an exhibition of photos on the Congolese sub-culture of ‘La Sape’ (Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant Persons).

The Sape has its origins in the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republc of Congo. One could not immediately relate this phenomenon of elegance and fashionable extravagance in countries that have been marred by civil war over several decades. Yet, amid the conflicts, there exist these self-proclaimed dandies of sub-Saharan Africa – known as the Sapeurs – just ordinary working men who are devoted to the cult of style and impeccable moral conduct (respect, peace, integrity, honour…). Despite their expensive sense of dress, they are not rich men. This social movement that glories elegance and style was revived in the 1970s by Papa Wemba, the King of Rumba Rock, but also the undisputed King of the Sapeurs.

La Sape can be traced back to the colonial period. ‘There were people in sub-Saharan Africa during the 1930s and 1940s – dubbed évolués (meaning well rounded individuals) according to the terminology of the period – who would imitate Europeans. They would put on airs and copy the colonialists’ behavior. This was a way for them to highlight their social superiority and assert their identities. This kind of dandy is a well-known stock-character in African literature’; says Romuald Fonkua, Director of the International Centre for French Studies at the Sorbonne University.

In the 1970s, La Sape became a protest against the “abacost” policy — from the French “à bas le costume,” or “down with the suit” — that was implemented in Congo. In accordance with Zairianization, the official state ideology of the Joseph-Désiré Mobutu regime, wearing a European style suit and tie was officially forbidden. President Mobutu wore a hat made of leopard fur, a symbol of power in the Bantu population.

“In this sense, La Sape was truly a revolutionary behavior,” notes Fonkoua. “It expressed both resistance and the assertion of an African identity with a global outlook, as opposed to Mobutu’s limited, obtuse vision.”
The Sapeurs have a simple philosophy ‘to live with joie de vivre’. However, in a country devastated by conflict and poverty, one wonders how this flamboyant lifestyle is sustained.

The photographer Baudouin Mouanda from Brazaville is an internationally acclaimed photographer. He won ‘The Young Talent Award’ at the influential African Photography Biennial, Bamako Encounters, in 2009 for his photography project on the ‘Sapeurs’. “I look at Africa with positivity,” says Mouanda, “I don’t see Africa from the perspective of people who never came here. I see Africa as a continent that will surprise people tomorrow. I’m sure of it.”

Nicknamed Photouin (Photo + Baudouin), Mouanda began his photographic journey in 1993, when his father offered him his first camera. Years later, he was awarded Best Photographer from the Fine Art School of Kinshasa. Baudouin studied journalism in Paris. His work is published regularly in Afrique magazine, Jeune Afrique, VSD, L’Express Style and Planète Jeune.

The photographer Yves Sambu is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa. Born in Lukula (Bas-Congo) in 1980 – he lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He studied painting but decided to devote himself particularly to photography and video.

His work is based on the dynamic evolution of man and the social integration of men and women in the “City”. He addresses cohabitation issues which demand respect for one another despite differences in points of view or way of being. For Yves, it is not only the artistic result which is important, but also the process and the approach. Thus, he thinks “… should not art serve its true function in society?”

Concise Programme available, here

September 15, 2017 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: A Dreamer, An Observer and A Realist, Sept. 19-25 2017 @ the Village Market


Dates: September 19-25, 2017
Venue: Village Market
Exhibition by Peter Elung’at, Patrick Kinuthia and Clavers Odhiambo

Meet the artists on: Saturday September 25, 2017

About
The Exhibition features 2 Artists in their prime, Peter Elung’at and Patrick Kinuthia and a fast rising star, Clavers Odhiambo. All share a passion for the human form study. Elung’at is the Dreamer, Kinuthia an Observer and Clavers the strenuous Realist. In this exhibition, they show their recent artworks that accentuate their respective styles – and how their works are derived.

(These 3 styles that the artists use to compose their works will be the anchors for the show.)

Exhibition organised by Little Art Gallery

September 19, 2017 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

Dinner | Show | Raffle: in Aid of TNR Trust with Performances by Sitawa Namwalie & Aleya Kassam, Sept. 30 2017 @ the Tribe – Village Market


The Trap Neuter Release (TNR) Trust will host an event to raise funds for the Trust’s new Mobile Clinic. There will be dinner and a show by the highly acclaimed Sitawa Namwalie and Aleya Kassam and a raffle.

Date: September 30, 2017
Venue: the Tribe Hotel, Village Market, Nairobi
Time: 6 pm
Tickets: KES 7,000/- (inclusive of welcome drink, dinner and show) | Raffle tickets at KES 200 on sale now through e-mail on; tnrtrustnairobi@gmail.com

NOTE: 6 pm welcome drink; 7:15pm show and dinner. Dress Code; Beautiful.

About
TNR Trust, a registered Trust in Kenya, was established in 2015 following growing concerns over the stray dog and cat population in regards to animal welfare, disease control and population management.

The Trust aims to combine education on rabies and animal welfare with affordable rabies vaccinations and spay/neutering. This will curb the burgeoning dog and cat population and reduce the spread of the fatal disease rabies. This will, in turn, reduce the human mortality rate and improve community health.

Sitawa Namwalie is exploring the many ways of telling stories. She is a poet, playwright and performer. She wrote “Cut off My Tongue” (2008), “Homecoming” (2011), and “Silence is a Woman” (2014) which won Kenya’s Sanaa Theatre Awards Best Spoken Word and Poetry in the same year. Her second play “Room of Lost Names” has been performed to critical and popular acclaim at the Kampala International Theatre Festival and Ubumuntu Arts Festival Kigali.

Aleya Kassam is a Kenyan reader, writer and performer. She has been published in Jalada, Mail and Guardian Africa. She blogs her musings at http://www.chanyado.wordpress.com, which was nominated for Best New Blog at the Blog Awards Kenya 2015. She has performed in ‘Stories from the Mall: A Westgate Memorial’, and acclaimed shows ‘Silence is a Woman’ and ‘Cut off my Tongue’ amongst others.

https://tnrtrustnairobi.wordpress.com/

September 18, 2017 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Art Exhibition by Leevans Linyerera, Sept. 22 – Oct. 13 2017 @ BIEA


Opening: September 22, 2017
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road – Kileleshwa
Time: 6:00 pm

Until: October 13, 2017

About
Leevans Linyerera is a Kenyan born artist under the tutelage of Patrick Mukabi. He is inspired by emotions and human behaviors towards each other. He is a proficient painter who uses acrylics, charcoal, ink and unconventional mediums.

September 18, 2017 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Korean Traditional Music Festival (Dasrum) in Kenya, Sept. 27 2017 @ Safari Park Hotel


Date: September 27, 2017
Venue: Safari Park Hotel, Nyama Choma Ranch
Time: 16:30 – 18:30
Entry Free

About
It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to our 2017 Korean traditional music concert that will enable you to enjoy a refreshing performance showcasing DASRUM, the Premier All female Korean Music Ensemble.

September 15, 2017 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

Literature Cafe: Papa Wemba and Black Dandy, Sept. 27 2017 @ Alliance Française

Papa Wemba | Image via Alliance Française, Nairobi


Date: September 27, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6.30 pm
Free Entry

Join Didier Bokelo Bile, author of the biography, ‘Papa Wemba: icon of African music from generation to generation’ as he discusses the parallel worlds of ‘the man’ and the ‘artist’.

The King of Rhumba Rock, Papa Wemba, or Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, was also the undisputed king of the ‘sapeurs’.

September 15, 2017 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Out of Town: Makadem Live at Bayimba, Sept. 22-24 2017 @ the National Theatre, Kampala – Uganda


Dates: September 22-24, 2017
Venue: the National Theatre, Kampala – Uganda

Makadem is one of the Kenyan acts that will be performing at this year’s Bayimba International Festival in Kampala, Uganda. Thereafter he will embark on a tour of the greater East Africa, in what is dubbed the Nyatiti East African Tour, that should see him perform in; Kigali, Kampala, Kisumu, Arusha ,Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Mombasa and finally end back in Nairobi.

https://bayimbafestival.com/

September 15, 2017 at 11:01 am 1 comment

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