This session will be dedicated to the musical mix of the Portuguese-speaking countries, and is organised jointly with Ten Cities.
The films on show will be the following:
Lusophony, the (r)Evolution (Lusofonia, a (r)Evolução), Red Bull Music Academy – Portugal, 2006, 65 min
A Red Bull Music Academy production filmed with the fast-beat of a music video. From Portuguese fado, Angolan kuduro, Cape Verdean morna, Brazilian baile funk, hiphop or rock, this film sheds light on a new movement being born out of the cultural mix of the Portuguese-speaking countries
Passinho Dance Off (A Batalha do Passinho), Emílio Domingos – Brazil, 2012, 73 min
The Passinho dance is the newest trend in Brazilians slums. A new way to dance baile funk but also a lifestyle, the Passinho fever is changing young boys’ life around Brazil’s outskirts. This documentary portrays this phenomena and discovers how the culture around the funk world has expanded beyond funk dance parties, DJs, and favelas.
I Love Kuduro, Mário Patrocínio – Angola, 2013, 95 min
Kuduro is an urban cultural movement born out of Angolan discos and raves in downtown Luanda through a mixture of house, techno and traditional Angolan rhythms. The movement is at once a style of music, dance, fashion and culture, explored in this documentary through the distinct performances of its greatest stars.
Off the Beaten Track, João Pedro Moreira – Portugal, 2013, 30 min
The beats of Angolan Kuduro started appearing in Lisbon clubs in the late 90s. Four musicians started mixing it with beats from all over the world, creating a unique sound called Progressive Kuduro and a band called Buraka Som Sistema that is taking world dancefloors by storm.
Find more information on the screening on this Facebook event page
Thursday 17th – Normal Moet champagne, oysters and Jazz event
Friday 18th – Belvedere Pure event with DJ Protege -
Saturday 19th – Shooter Countdown (7-9pm 3 for 1 on special syringe shooters, 9-11pm 2 for 1 and 11pm onwards its 1 for 1) with DJ Alpha
Sunday 20th – Ciroc SIN Sunday – Sponsored by ciroc. Ciroc promo
Monday 21st – Extended happy hour from 5-8pm on all beers and Mojitos
International Day for Monuments and Sites: Free Entry to All Museum by Kenyan Citizens, Apr. 18 2014
April 18, 2014 which coincides with Good Friday is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, a UNESCO World Heritage Day marked annually around the world. This day, held each year around the world is usually marked by having different types of activities, including but not limited to visits to monuments and heritage attractions sites.
The aim of this day is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation.
The National Museum of Kenya will be marking this day by offering FREE admission to ALL museums for Kenyan Citizens.
Find more information on their Facebook Event page
Kuona Trust is pleased to announce Lionel Garang’s first solo exhibition, The Journey of the Mask. The exhibition is a reflection of the artist’s multifaceted and complex view surrounding the culture of Masks.
Exhibition Opening: Thursday April 14, 2014 at 6pm
Venue: Kuona Trust
Exhibition Runs Until: April 27, 2014
About the exhibition
The mask as an artifact has been an important part of societies all around the world serving different purposes, which range from rituals, war armor and aesthetic purpose.
Although masks have evolved through time,they still retained the power to enchant viewers of all ages and backgrounds. They elevate and inspire one’s imagination and seem to take on a life of their own.
In an intimate installation that explores the Journey of The Mask, the artist is interested in moving the audience from the common dark stereotypes that masks are associated with, particularly in Africa, and presenting it as a decorative contemporary piece of artwork.
About the Artist
Lionel Garang was born in Kenya and started out his career as a painter.He was later introduced to sculpture which he fully embraced developing sculptures from fiber mart, resin, wood and metal. He has participated in several group exhibitions and had his work published in the Kenya Art Diary and the Nairobi ‘Up’ lifestyle magazine.
Garang currently has his studio at Kuona Trust Art Centre where he practices as a full time artist.
“He was the greatest crime fighter that ever lived…” Those who lived in Nairobi in the 1970s and 1980s will recollect the late Patrick David Shaw: a burley and intimidating police reservist who ruled the streets of Nairobi while also working full-time as an administrator at The Starehe Boys’ Centre. Author and filmmaker David Smith invites you to listen to a presentation and participate in a discussion on the legacy of this legendary yet controversial figure in Kenyan history.
Date and Time: Wednesday April 23, 2014 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Venue: Alliance Francaise Auditorium, Nairobi
Entry fee: 500 KSH
Signed and numbered event posters may be purchased for 500 KSH (Limit 200).
Starting this weekend at the Nairobi National Museum, a three week exhibition by art tutor Amimo Kala and art student Tobiko Simon.
Both are inspired by nature, the social space around them and early memories. Amimo exhibits sculptures mainly in Kisii stone that are influenced by his structured life as a teacher while Tobiko, influenced by the 19th century landscape artist John Constable, explores the vast Kaputei plains where he roamed in his early childhood as a herds boy.
Dates: April 12-30, 2014
Venue: National Museum
Entry: Museum Rates Apply
BIEA Seminar: Rain, Power, Sovereignty & The Materiality Of Signs In Southern Zimbabwe, Apr. 16 2014 @ BIEA / IFRA
Rain, Power, Sovereignty and The Materiality Of Signs In Southern Zimbabwe
Date: Wednesday 16th April 2014
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi
Time: 11.00 am
Entry: Prior RSVP. For more information please contact email@example.com or call +254 735 260 004
Seminar by: Joost Fontein, University of Edinburgh
Chair: Sinoxolo Neo Musangi, British Institute in Eastern Africa
In 2010 a government meteorologist revealed that for much of the last decade, the Zimbabwean weather forecast had been censored on a daily basis by agents of the President’s Office. ‘This information’ he said ‘was seen as sensitive’. What this ‘sensitivity’ amounts to is the subject of this paper. It is hard to make sense of the government’s impulse to censor the weather forecast in the 2000s without reference to the localized re-configurations of authority over land and ‘re-making’ of the state that fast track land reform provoked. To the extent that fast track offered new opportunities for the realization of a diversity of localised aspirations and imagined futures that turned on access to land and fertile soils in divergent ways, the recurrent droughts and failing harvests of the early 2000s were politically significant because they called into question the legitimacy of land reform, and the broader ‘thirdchimurenga’ project constituted around it. But across Zimbabwe, and the region, rainfall and drought have long been measures of contested political legitimacy in more complex ways not limited to the politics of food, famine and agricultural production. In southern Zimbabwe, this is true not just for spirit mediums, chiefs and other ‘traditionalist’ authorities for whom rainmaking practices are well-established means of demonstrating ‘autochthony’, sovereignty and legitimacy, but also for war veterans, new farmers, government technocrats and others involved in land reform during the 2000s. This is what I examine here. Whilst I focus particularly on rainmaking practices, encounters with njuzu water spirits, and national biras that took place in the 2005-6 when research was carried out, the larger point I pursue is that water acts as an index of power – of the entangled but contested play of legitimacy and sovereignty – across many different registers of meaning and regimes of rule. In making this argument I engage with Keane (2003; 2005) and Engelke’s elaboration of Peirce’s theory of signs (1955), and build upon others (James 1972; Jedrej 1992) who have long argued that rainmaking ‘traditions’ across eastern, central and southern Africa are less a form of applied meteorology and more an idiom of politics and power, in order to argue that they are necessarily both at the same time.
Out of Town: 2nd Edition of the Hakuna Matata Festival, Apr. 19 2014 @ the Machakos Peoples Recreational Park
The second edition of The Hakuna Matata Festival promises to be one for the books. Going down this Easter Saturday April 19th in Kenya’s most progressive county, Machakos at The Machakos Peoples Recreational Park.
A performance Line Up of epic Proportions is in store for everybody. The Dj Line up is out and on the night the following Chief Rockers will be on hand to keep you moving: CodeRED Dj Stylez, Creme De La Creme, Dj Protege Kenya and Deejay Crossfade
Live Performers will be: Ken wa Maria, SARABI, Fena and Scott The Violinist
The entertainment line up is a perfect mix of genres that have stood out in the Kenyan music scene and so you are guaranteed to leave feeling satisfied.
Tickets: Kshs 2000 at the Gate
Koroga Festival feat. S. Africa’s Freshly Ground, Kenya’s Neema & Dela, Apr. 13 2014 @ the Arboretum Gardens
Performances by: Freshly Ground, Neema & Dela
DJs on deck: Dj Adrian, Dj Andre & Dj Joe Mfalme
An exciting day of fun for all the family with food, dancing, lots of children’s activities and of course world-class horse racing. Looking your best at the event is a must as there will also be a best-dressed prize of dinner and a massage for two people at Villa Rosa Kempinski.
You may carry a picnic and/or a bottle of wine ONLY
Releasing The African and Latin Rhythms(The Rhythm is in your Blood): Blending the energetic,positive and vibrant movements and rhythm of the African dance with the spontaneous,sexy and fun,addictive and energetic hot rhythms of Salsa.
Date: April 12, 2014.
Location: Shani Active Studios( ABC Towers)
Time: 9am-11.30am( African dance session)
1pm-3pm( fusion of African dance,salsa styling and shines)
Charges: Kshs 1,800
Dress code: Gym or training pants with a pair of cotton sock or barefoot.
To Sign up email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0750 161 237
Borrowed Life – Melissa, a young wife who feels trapped by her “slow husband” who has a “Poverty mentality”, decides goes to go on an unrelenting quest to move on up that eventually turns deadly.
Dates: April 11-13, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française
Tickets: Kshs 500
Melissa feels trapped, being married to what she considers her ‘slow’ husband. She gets even angrier when her younger friend and neighbor buys property, while they are still being held back by her husband’s “poverty mentality.” She eventually tries to “invest” behind her husband’s back; however when the politician from whom she buys prime land demands for more than she can give, Melissa finds herself thrown into a web of secrets, and nothing could have prepared her for the downward spiral her life gets into, as her unrelenting quest to move on up turns deadly.
To book your tickets call 0725 040 951
Lipa na Mpesa number 317979
Written by Seth Busolo, Directed by May Wairimu, Produced by Daisy Busolo and Samuel Kyama, Stage manager Charity Nyambura
Tickets also available at Alliance Francaise
The workshops will be taught by various Kuona artists in a conducive and child friendly atmosphere
Time:10 and 1 pm daily
Sign up today by calling us on 0721262326 or 0733742752
Opening: Sunday, April 13 2014
Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery
Runs Until: April 22, 2014
Want to roam the dark hallways of the museum at night? Want to do something different? Come and join us for a treasure hunt where you can live a “Night at the Museum”. We’re turning off the lights and we’re going to have fun!
Ideal for 6 – 15 year olds:) (Must be accompanied by adults). So bring your kids, nieces and nephews for some fun over Easter holidays.
Tickets can be bought at Naked Pizza. (Includes a Little Sun which will be provided at the door).
Ksh 2000: pre-booking
Ksh 2500: at the door
Call 0734647336 or email@example.com for more information.
Advance tickets agoingfor KES 800. Tickets at the gate will be sold for KES 1000.
Date: Wednesday, April 9 2014
Venue: Purdy Arms Marula Rd. Karen. — at Purdy Arms
Time: 6.45 pm
About the film
Nairobi is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. A large part of the city’s population lives in informal settlements like Lungalunga, Mathare and Kibera.
Kuruka Maisha foundation, a performing arts academy, has worked with street families in Nairobi for over eight years, learning a lot about the phenomenon of urban youth at risk in that process. Some of them share their stories in this film. Portrayed characters and crew share the same social background. Through this film, the producers share their experience, triumphs and challenges.
Through the authentic dreams, struggles and aspirations of youth, Mwelu and Kuruka Maisha show us a dynamic Kenya, way beyond the assumptions and cynicism we see too often. Street children as any of us dare to dream.
Date: April 5, 2014
Venue: Treehouse Club, Museum Roundabout
Time: from 9 pm
The full 10 piece funk soul train will be on stage, with new songs and some nice revived older ones.