Vote For NairobiNow – Best Entertainment Blog (13. E) – at this Year’s BAKE Awards! Apr. 3 – May 9 2017
Take some time off and vote for us here. http://vote.bakeawards.co.ke/ Easiest way of finding us is, 13. E. However, we request that you check other categories as well and consider voting for those sections.
The online voting opened today, April 3, 2017 and runs on until May 9, 2017 with the eventual winners being announced on May 13, 2017.
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Ciné-concert: ‘A Million Things | Rouch 100’ with Pedro Pinto & Tiago Corria-Paulo, Apr. 28 2017 @ Alliance Française Auditorium
‘A Million Things | Rouch 100’ with Pedro Pinto & Tiago Corria-Paulo
On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Jean Rouch, universally-acclaimed French filmmaker, anthropologist and explorer, Pedro Silva Pinto and Tiago Corria-Paulo, Mozambican musicians, present a cine-concert around the cinematographic works of Jean Rouch, the force behind the cinéma-vérité movement of the 20th century.
The point of departure of this audio and visual experience is footage from Jean Rouch’s ethnographic films. It is complemented by a researched musical narration by the two musicians that draws the viewer into an all immersive experience. The ciné-concert is a tribute to the visual anthropology of Africa documented by this respected filmmaker over a period of 50 years.
Ciné-café: Ethnographic Films — contrasting Jean Rouch’s pioneering work with Dennis Machio’s ethno-documentary, Apr. 26 2017 @ Alliance Francaise
Ethnographic Films: Past and Present Approaches – contrasting Jean Rouch’s pioneering work with Dennis Machio’s ethno-documentary
‘Screening of the anthropological classic ‘The Mad Masters’ (Les Maïtres Fous) by Jean Rouch and the ethno-documentary ‘Lukumbe’ by the Kenyan filmmaker Dennis Machio. By juxtaposing two ethnographic films, one from the mid-20th century and another from this decade, Chloé Josse Durand, researcher in social sciene and Deputy Director at the French Institute for Research in Africa, together with Dennis Machio, documenatary film maker and graduate of the Mohamed Amin Foundation Film School, will discuss the contrasting approaches to visual anthropology in two very different eras.
‘The Mad Masters’ is a controversial yet most widely celebrated work by the French filmmaker and anthropologist, Jean Rouch. The film documents the Ghanaian Hauka cult, whose members convened to enter a trance-like state and become possessed of the spirits of their colonial officials – the true ‘mad masters’ of the film’s title.
‘Lukembe’ (Knife) documents the traditional rite of passage from childhood to adulthood in the Bukusu community. The Bukusu is one of the sub-tribes of the Luhya community. The Bukusu’s circumcise their boys between the ages of 12 -16 in August every after 2 years.
Exhibition Ends: 23 May 2017
About the Exhibition
Born in 1976 in Kenya, Okello studied art at the Buru Buru Institute of Fine Art and then went on to work at his chosen profession as a resident at the Kuona Trust in 2004.
Success came early with his allegorical works being bought by major collectors Robert Loder and Robert Devereux. These pieces depicted various mythologies from both the Luo and Kikuyu tribes, using animals as the central characters. The highly acclaimed ‘Masquerade series’ followed. Two works from that series sold for considerable sums both at the Bonhams Art Auction in London and the Circle Art Auction at home.
In addition to exhibitions in Kenya, India and France, Okello has exhibited in ‘Pop up Africa – One Off Gallery, Kenya’ at the Gallery of African Art in Cork Street, London in 2014.
This February his work was on show at the Heong Gallery, at Downing College, Cambridge in a group show of some of Robert Devereux’s collection titled ‘When the heavens meet the earth’. As Okellos star rises, he does indeed look to be fulfilling the prophesy of being one of the most important artists of his generation.
Robert Devereux says that whilst his ‘work appears quite traditional, he is in fact a deeply conceptual artist’ who ‘has a fierce but quiet passion for his vocation and has managed to remain uncompromisingly himself, despite the influence of the western hegemony.’
Out of Town/Labour Day Week-end Getaway: Saffir Kilifi, Apr. 28 – May 1 2017 @ Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge – Kilifi
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The Saffir Lunatic Express, is a one-way train trip to the coast with amazing bunch of people, lots of good music and whiskey, topped by a weekend of amazing fun by the creek and party at distant relatives, on the famous floatel.
KES 12,000 only, will get you the party on the Lunatic Express, 2 nights accommodation at Distant Relatives in Kilifi and all transfers, including a cozy bus back to Nairobi.
Hop on board The Saffir Lunatic Express before it is decommissioned and come have a great experience in Kilifi!
Exhibition: Aftermath and Aftermath by Lincoln Mwangi & Peteros Ndunde, Apr. 28 – May 12 2017 @ Kuona Trust
Exhibition Dates: 29th April – 12th May 2017
Presence of warfare leaves behind trails. Trails of destruction and despair, as well as those of prosperity. Aftermath and Aftermath examines these conflicting outcomes and the greys of psychological and emotional war, in line with an individual’s path to self-discovery. This is an aspect that weighs in heavily on an individual’s way of life.
The exploration of warfare’s aftermath done through observing individuals’ psychological and emotional trails, as well as their introspection to clearly bring out the effects of the conflict. Be it internal or with other people. This has brought out a sense of mental and emotional confinement as a point of interest. Since an individual’s direction of self-discovery comes with choices. Things to be left behind, things to be picked up. The conflict arises and turmoil unravels thus the aftermath. A grey area that one feels progression from is needed.