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

Pop Up & Chill Handmakers Market, Oct. 1 2017 @ 910 James Gichuru


Date: October 1, 2017
Venue: 910 James Gichuru
Time: from 11am till 7pm
Entry is free

About
Pop Up & Chill is a market that features a carefully curated array of artisans and collectors bringing handmade, eco, holistic and vintage goods and items inspired by Africa and majorly made in Kenya. Its main aim is to link local independent unique artists, designers, makers collectors and traders with consumers of handmade, made in Kenya and made in Africa in a relaxed setting.

September 22, 2017 at 3:39 pm Leave a comment

The GoDown Gig Rhumba Edition with International Rhumba Du Congo, Sound Afrique & Orchestre Les Mangelepa, Sept. 30 2017 @ the GoDown Arts Centre


Date: September 30, 2017
Venue: the GoDown Arts Centre
Time: 3 pm
No Cover Charge

Performances by Rhumba Du Congo, Sound Afrique & Orchestre Les Mangelepa

September 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

Fundraising Ball w/ Parade of Sapeurs/Sapeuse, Concert of Congolese Music & Auction/Lottery, Sept. 30 2017 @ the Carnivore


Date: September 30, 2017
Venue: the Carnivore
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: KES 5,000/-

September 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Storymoja Festival 2017: Black Peace, Sept. 27 – Oct. 1 2017 @ National Museum

Dates: September 27 – October 1, 2017
Venue: the National Museum of Kenya
Tickets:

Find more information, here

September 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Classics at the GoDown, Sept. 24 2017 @ the GoDown Arts Centre


Date: September 24, 2017
Venue: the GoDown Arts Centre
Time: 3 pm
Tickets: KES 300/- at the door.

September 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: The A.I.R. Brush Artist in Residence, Sept. 22 – Oct. 6 2017 @ Kobo Trust – Riara Road


Opening: September 22, 2017
Venue: Kobo Trust, Riara Road
Time: 6-9 pm
Until: October 6, 2017

The second cohort of artists in our residence programme, A.I.R.Brush, features Stacey Okparaverro (Nigeria), Timothy Wandulu (Rwanda) and Lionel Yamadjako (Benin).

About the Artists
LIONEL YAMADJAKO is a multi-faceted contemporary artist from Benin Republic who works primarily with Painting, collage, photography, drawing and mixed media art. He grew up in the capital, Cotonou in the 80s and 90s and honed his creative skills from a tender age. He has attended numerous workshops and artist residencies across different African countries which have helped to shape his visual vocabulary over time. His most recent works speak of relationships between human beings and their day- to- day social, economic, religious and political activities. Lionel has exhibited in quite a number of African, Asian and European countries and lives and works in Cotonou, Benin when he is not travelling.

STACEY OKPARAVERO is a Nigerian based multidisciplinary artist and curator whose work addresses social, political and emotional issues that resonate deeply with her. She has worked under the mentorship of established Nigerian artist, Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya for some time. This has in turn had some influence on her recent work as she explores the materials and expands the boundaries and possibilities of the techniques through rigorous research and experiments. Her recent participation in the 2016 Dakar Biennial established her presence on the international art scene. She has exhibited at the Suba Biennale, Dak’Art Off, in the prestigious Centre International de Conférences Abdou Diouf (CICAD) and Art X Lagos in November 2016, just to mention a few platforms that her works have graced.

TIMOTHY WANDULU is a 27-year-old contemporary artist of Rwandese nationality. He grew up in Kampala, an artful and super active city, whose environment saw him grow his innate gift of being creative in any medium that best delivers his message to the society around and beyond. He took up art in High School which equipped him with the skills and knowledge that have fueled his creative practice up to this day. His work addresses social-cultural themes revolving around taboos, belief systems, religion, education, gender issues and politics. He has exhibited Widely in Rwanda and abroad.

More info. here

Inquiries & RSVPs: brush.tu@gmail.com

September 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm 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

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