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DJ Set’s by: DJ Satelite – Luanda, Trust the DJ – Johannesburg, Afrologic – Lagos and Just a Band – Nairobi
Performance by: Fena Gitu & Wangechi
TEN CITIES is coming back to Nairobi. After last year’s pumping warehouse concert in April, it’s time for another episode. Therefore we are inviting TEN CITIES participants from sub-Sahara Africa creating a unique night-out experience Nairobi hasn’t seen before. Expect diverse and raving DJ sets from Afrologic(Lagos), Trust The DJ(Johannesburg), DJ Satelite(Luanda) and Just A Band (Nairobi) that will navigate you through genres like Kuduro, Kwaito, Afro Beat, Dub, House, Techno and much more.
TEN CITIES is a music and research project that brings together musicians and writers from ten cities in Africa and Europe. The project initiates music production and details the unwritten history of club culture in Cairo, Johannesburg, Luanda, Lagos and Nairobi as well as in Berlin, Bristol, Kyiv, Lisbon and Naples. TEN CITIES is a process, focusing on creating and producing, carried forward by travels and visits. During this process, the project aims to create networks that are open and involves a constantly increasing number of participants.
Find more information about TEN CITIES at: www.ten-cities.com
International Women’s Day Celebrations: Sauti za Mabinti, Mar. 8 2014 @ Alliance Française Auditorium
SAUTI ZA MABINTI
Young women artists come together in a two-part production bringing to stage a diversity of artistic skills in performance poetry, spoken word, femcee, hip hop, rap, neo-soul and afro-fusion.
Kike Tele, an initiative that collects and tells stories about women, presents ‘The Edge of Womanhood’. The show is a performance piece scripted poetically that explores different stereotypes of women revealing the fallacy of stereotypes.
Performers include: Mwende Ngao, Rein, Raya, Amare Poete, Namatsi Lukoye.
Sauti za Mabinti is a platform to empower and promote young female artists.
‘The Phenomenal Women’ will be emceed by Anitah Raey, poet and presenter with Ghetto radio on the NiajeNiaje.
Performers will include: Her-She, Latisha aka Laty, Shikow Femi One, Samantha M-ill, Vivian Kenya, Basilica Wairimu ‘Taamic’, Lilian Ayanga aka Pluto and Judy Ogake aka Sugar.
A tribute by: Aimee Crowl, Asa Isacson, Atem Oyungu, June Gachui, Lisa Oduor, Neema Ntalel, Danger & friends
The scheduled artist for March 6, 2014 was initially Eddie Grey however due to sudden illness will be unable to make the scheduled performance. His place has been taken by singer and songwriter Maia von Lekow.
Venue: Choices, Baricho Road
Time: 8-11 pm
Entry: No Cover Charge
Gargar, is an all-female Kenyan quartet which came to the limelight with their song Aids Wadilla through the 2008 Spotlight on Kenyan Music project. They are getting ready to leave for France where they have been selected to participate in the 2014 Babel Med Festival and the ‘Couleursdu Monde’ Festival.
Gargar means joining together in Somali. This quartet from Garissa is part of larger Somali women’s self-help and economic empowerment group. Gargar’s music can be described as contemporary folk and is a beautiful arrangement of traditional Somali music to modern rhythms. With a touch of Horn of Africa sounds, Gargar is the first Kenyan group to participate at the 10th Babel Med World Music Festival in Marseille.
Nominated for the “Orange” Award at the Babel Med Festival in Marseille (March 20-22, 2014) and the “World Music Award” at the Couleurs du Monde Festival in Brittany (March 27-30, 2014)
Performing Artists: Nazizi, The Villagers Band, Amani
Music by Dj Kafi
Nyama Choma and Drinks on Sale
The Old and the New in Kenyan Afrofusion Music
Renowned Afro-fusion musicians like Eric Wainaina, Atemi and Suzanna Owiyo have given birth to a new crop of younger musicians like Sautisol, Patricia Kihoro, Elani and Lele Ngoma. These up-and-coming musicians are blending music from different influences and showcasing their own twist of Afrofusion at such events as Jahazi.
The event will be held at the Michael Joseph Centre, courtesy of Safaricom. It will feature Lele Ngoma (an eclectic band popular at poetry events) and Spotlight on Kenyan music finalist, Fadhilee. Both acts have shared the stage with popular musicians like Aaron Rimbui, The Villagers Band, Winyo and even (for Fadhilee the Jazz crooner) gone out of the country on tours.
“This year we are going all the way,” said Koech Kevin Lele Ngoma band leader who also doubles as the guitarist. The Children Sickle Cell Anaemia foundation is also using the event to create awareness on a disease that has for long been taken as a paedriatic disease. Information on this disease is lacking in the public domain and as they publicise the concert they hope to start a conversation on it as well.
Bitings and drinks will be served and the hosts promise secure parking for their fans and other live music enthusiasts.
JAHAZI Concert Details
Date: 28th February, 2014
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom House
Time: 6.30 to 9.00 pm
Tickets: Kshs 350 Advance and Kshs 500 at the Gate
Featuring performance by Nile Project Artists who will also be performing on Sunday at Safaricom Jazz Festival.
The Songwriter’s Lounge Presents Andrew Wambua, Feb. 22 2014 @ Creatives Garage Resource Centre – Greenhouse Mall
A new star is born, The Songwriter’s Lounge… A place where lyricism is brought to life in song.
Too often the art and skill of lyric writing and developing the written piece into a song has been under valued. The songwriters lounge has come to change all that and to provide an opportunity for musicians who are writers and non-musicians who are enthusiasts to come together and share beautiful moments in a small intimate setting ( 70 pax gig).
This first edition features Singer – Songwriter ANDREW WAMBUA born and raised in Nairobi Kenya. Wambua started his own band, Afrology, in 2008 and has since graced various stages such as Nairobi’s premier event Blankets & Wine, Thursday Night Live at Choices, Penya Nairobi Panda Sauti among others.
He released his first single “Nipe Pendo” mid last year (Get a free mp3 of the single here) and is currently half-way into the recording of his debut album Dreams Come True
Join us as we endeavor to bring songwriting to life in Kenya…
VENUE: Creatives Garage Resource Centre, Greenhouse Mall, Adams Arcade, 2nd Floor, Suite 14
DATE: February 22nd 2014
ENTRY: Ksh. 500 (LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE)
Call 0722626169 for tickets
Anniversary Concert: 70 Yrs of Quality Music Education in Kenya, Feb 23 2014 @ Braeburn Theatre – Gatanga Road
The concert which is proudly sponsored by the Austrian Embassy and CBA Bank, will be conducted by Maestro Vijay Upadhyaya – head of musical activities at Vienna University and founder of the India National Youth Orchestra – and will have a varied repertoire presented by The Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, Students and Staff of the Conservatoire.
Also featuring in the program is The Nairobi Chamber Chorus conducted by Ken Wakia.
TICKETS IN ADVANCE: Adults KShs 800, Children KShs400
TICKETS AT THE DOOR: Adults KShs 1000, Children KShs 500
To purchase your advance ticket(s), please visit the office or purchase your ticket(s) via MPESA number 0711 159 613 registered to John Kinuthia.
Celebrations: Kenya at 50 Celebrations by Kenyatta University – Reflection of an Era, Feb. 15 2014 @ National Theatre
Journey through Kenyan music over the last 50 years, presented by students past and present, of Kenyatta University.
The show will be at the Kenya National Theatre on Saturday February 15th at 3 & 6.30 pm. Tickets are Kshs 500/-.
Special Appearances by: John Nzenze, Joseph Kamaru, Otieno Aloka, J.B. Maina, Eric Wainaina and Wahu.
Performances by: Richard Bona, The Nile Project, Rhythm Junks – Belgium, Yuval Cohen – Israel, Aaron Rimbui, Chris Bittok, Eddie Grey, Jacob Asiyo and Kavutha Mwanzia
Proceeds from this concert will go to the purchase of music instruments for the Ghetto Classics Music Programme.
Angolan artist Waldermar Bastos Live in Nairobi, Feb. 19 2014 @ the Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum
Waldemar Bastos was born near the border with Zaire in N’Banza Congo, a little town which was the first capital city of the ancient kingdom of Angola. He started singing at a very early age. “One day, my father arrived home and found me playing his concertina. In the following Christmas he gave me an accordion as a gift…” From then on, a young Waldemar dedicated his heart and soul to music. Since money was scarce, the little kid chose music lessons over the possibility of getting a bicycle. “For many years, since I was a kid, I was in various bands, and travelled throughout Angola playing all kinds of music: pop, rock, blues, tangos, waltzes. My music is defined by my own life experiences, praise for Angolan identity, and a call for universal brotherhood. It is gratifying for me to hear critics say, as it recently happened in the USA, that my music is universal. That it is not a regional music, but instead for people everywhere.”
In the meantime, Angola won its independence and followed the long socialist road. Bastos went to Portugal and later to Berlin and from there to Brazil, where he became acquainted with some well known musicians, such as Chico Buarque, João do Vale, Elba Ramalho, Djavan and Clara Nunes who had been in Angola in the late seventies. Waldemar finds EMI-Odeon, and records his first album, “Estamos Juntos”. He recorded his second album, the highly praised “Angola Minha Namorada”, five years later. In 1990 he visited Angola, and did a concert in front of 200.00 people in Luanda. While travelling through Lisbon, David Byrne, the mastermind of Luaka Bop record label, and ex-leader of the “Talking Heads”, bought, by chance, a record of the Angolan singer in a downtown Lisbon shop.
Soon after that Waldemar would be featured in the album “Afropea – Telling Stories to the Sea”, an anthology of Lusophone artists issued by Luaka Bop. Afterwards there was “Pretaluz/Blacklight”, recorded in NYC, produced by Arto Lindsay, and issued by Luaka Bop. The New York Times described it as “one of the best World music records of the decade”.
In the aftermath of “Pretaluz/Blacklight”, Waldemar won the “Award for the Emerging Artist of the Year (1999)”. In 1998, Waldemar was discovered by the European audience and media. After his successful tours in Europe as the opening act at the UNESCO Festival “Don’t forget Africa“ in June 2000 in the Canary Islands. Later in the year he was invited by Mr. Ruichi Sakamoto to take part in the “Zero-Landmine” project in cooperation with international artists like Arto Lindsay, Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Jacques Morelenbaum.
Bastos is included in Tom Moon’s legendary book “1000 recordings to hear before you die”, and three of his compositions were featured in the Hollywood movie The Sweepers . He received several invitations by Prince Ernst August von Hanover and Princess Caroline von Hanover in the course of which he also gave a private concert for Rainier III. Another highlight was the “Bal de Roses” in Monaco in 2004.
Classics of my Soul, is his latest production, recorded in Los Angeles and London, produced by Derek Nakamoto and it features his light hearted music full of optimism and joy.
You can find out more about this legendary Angolan artist on his website
This concert has been made possible through the support of Nairobi Java House, Hotel Emerald in Westlands, and the Lusophone Film Fest Nairobi.
Electrafrique, Kenya’s number one collective that performs afro-electronic music and quality Electronic Dance Music (EDM), is hosting The Villagers Band at Carnivore’s Simba Saloon for the second edition of its monthly party on the 15th of February 2014. This is following a successful January premiere in the series of parties by Electrafrique held at Carnivore every third Saturday of the month (2014).
The Villagers Band’s impression of afro-fusion renowned as begenge is heavily influenced by benga, mbalax and kwela among other genres. Come and witness the perfect blend between electro/futuristic music and authentic African sounds with rich instrumentation: from horns to traditional instruments like drums and percussion.
Electrafrique is a premier dance music show, which brings together a worldwide network of artists fusing elements of African music with electronic beats finding roots in African rhythms and musical traditions. It adds a contemporary urban/futuristic electronic twist to its groove culminating into an unforgettable experience and movement that resonates with people and dance floors in all corners of the world.
Tickets will be available at at the gate on Saturday: KES 500
This February 14th, 2014 being Valentine Day, Amos and Josh, Anto-NeoSoul, Harry Kimani plus more will host a dinner party at the Intercontinental Hotel that will also feature celebrities, business people and Cooperate executives. This event, titled Love Letters, will attract about 500 individuals from the music industry, business industry and the corporate world.
The night will be all about Love from the 60′s, through to date, it is a proper valentine treat for Individual and Couples with soothing songs and sumptuous dinner from the Intercontinental Hotel.
AMOS $ JOSH
Amos and Josh is a music group from Kenya, born in 2013. They were first runners up in Tusker Project Fame 6 (A Kenyan Singing Competition). Since then their music acumen has grown to see them perform in events such as Live at the Elephant, Piano and Voice, The Kenya at 50 Concert and at the State House along music greats in the Kenyan Industry: Eric Wainaina, Aaron Rimbui, Chris Adwar, Carol Atemi, AntoNeoSoul, Kanji Mbugua, Sauti Sol, Kidum, Dela, Jaguar, Mercy Myra amongst others.
Anto Neosoul is undoubtedly one of Kenya’s finest vocalists; He is arguably one of Kenya’s finest singers of all times.
Anto Neosoul studied at Lavington Primary School where he knew he could sing and sing did he enjoying an invitation to perform a private performance for the then Cardinal Maurice Otunga (RIP), he also performed for Rtd. Kenyan President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi at just 9 years old.
He continued to perform through out High School in Upper Hill School, A level Studies in Uganda and University of Nairobi where he studied Broadcast Journalism.
A Scorpio, Anto Neosoul is non pretentious, authentic and oh so soulful. He says what he means and means what he says. This inspires his writing, which evokes feelings and direct reactions on stage and on stereo.
Kimani grew up with music, teaching himself to play the guitar by watching an older brother perform. He attended Kirangari High School in Nairobi, where he already showed a great interest in music; he sang, composed songs, participated in music festivals and, at one time, conducted the school choir. His first love in high school inspired him to compose a song called “African Woman,” which was well received among his friends; they urged him to record the song.
In 1999, Kimani left school to look for a recording studio. Eventually, in 2000, he met producer Maurice Oyando of Next Level Productions; with Oyando’s assistance, he recorded “African Woman,” which was released as a single. The song began to receive air play on several radio stations in Nairobi. Encouraged by this early success, Kimani returned to the studio to record a complete album, tentatively titled African Woman. A second single, “Tuohere” (God Forgive Us), was released for radio play. Although the African Woman album was completed in 2001, it was not released due to lack of funds. Undaunted, Kimani returned to the studio to work on another album while his first one waited for release. He has since recorded and released two albums, Unborn and Tiushi Mi Nawe.
When the Festival Mundial officials visited Kenya in September 2002, they were impressed by Kimani’s talents. He performed at the 2003 Sarakasi Festival in Nairobi and was part of a group of Kenyan artists invited to perform at the Festival Mundial in June 2003 in the Netherlands Harry Kimani was also featured in the award winning African hop-hop documentary Hip-hop Colony. In 2009, Harry released his latest album, “the Quest”.
Find more info at www.busaramusic.org
Juma Tutu and his band play Swahili Jazz and they are known for their hit songs Nakupenda Kama Sukari and Kimombasa.
Valentines Special: 14 Kinds of Lovers feat. Liron & Michel Ongaro, Feb. 14 2014 @ the Smith – Magadi Road
Date: February 14, 2014
Venue: the Smith, Magadi Road
Time: 7 pm till late
Reservations: 0705625356 / 0736729681, firstname.lastname@example.org
Performances by: Dela, Yunasi & Kidum
Find more info here