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Voting Appeal: Makadem’s Track, ‘Nyako’ with South African Producer & DJ Behr has been nominated for Gilles Peterson’ Worldwide Awards 2018 – Track of the Year Award!

Vote for him (here: link ) to help him bring this award to Kenya!
Voting lines are open Until January 8, 2018 and voting takes less than 2 minutes of your time & there is no giving out your contact details!

Listen to Nyako (Daisho Remix)

About Makadem
Makadem is a talented musician and vibrant performing artiste. His stage presence, charismatic persona and powerful vocal delivery have had him likened to the legendary King of Afro-Beat, Fela Kuti; and his soulful folk ballads have earned him comparisons to the legendary Bob Dylan.

About the Worldwide Awards
The Worldwide Awards are an annual celebration of the left field underground, set up to “celebrate a side of the music scene that often gets ignored”, as Gilles puts it.

The awards are divided in to three categories, namely; the heavyweight Album of the Year (this year’s nomination include, Kendrick Lamar’s album, ‘Damn’), Jazz Album of the Year and Track of the Year award (in which Makadem’s track has been nominated).


December 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

The Change Experience, Kato Change’s Debut Album, Available for Download @ Waabeh

Kato Change album art

Kato Change album art

Kato Change’s debut album is available for download for KES 400/- at

Kato Change is one of the premier guitarists in Kenya and a champion of global cultural exchange. A charismatic performer with inimitable improv chops, Kato Change flirts with virtuosity. Hailing from Kenya, the guitarist’s beaming on stage persona is paired with a nimble command of his instrument. Kato continually draws from a heritage of Jazz legends as well as African, Flamenco, Rhythm and Blues and Rock genres, creating sounds that are both familiar and utterly singular.

December 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

Catalogue Release: Nude Canvas, September 2015 @ Diani Beach Art Gallery

Nude Canvas catalogue via Diani Beach Art Gallery. Painting by Fred Abuga

Nude Canvas Catalague via Diani Beach Art Gallery. Painting by Fred Abuga

Nude Canvas Exhibition catalogue (6.5MB) Diani Beach Art Gallery_Nude Canvas Exhibition Catalogue_Sept 2015

This cultural theme was selected as a homage and celebration to the human form and its beauty, its simplicity and intricacy, its diversity and creativity. 27 artists submitted a striking selection of canvases and sculptures which we are proud to present to you in this catalogue.

Enjoy the selection and share if you like it!

September 23, 2015 at 12:56 pm 1 comment

Safaricom Youth Orchestra Auditions, Mar. 7 2015 @ Michael Joseph Centre

Auditions SYO 2015
Safaricom Youth Orchestra is happy to announce the auditions at the beginning of March for any talented, committed and hardworking young musicians out there who are interested in joining their ensemble. Please note that because there are only limited spaces available, they will be auditioning for particular instruments.

Auditions open to students between the ages of 10 – 17 years

PS: You need to write to to receive your audition application form | See the poster for further details.

March 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm 1 comment

EABL Love Whisky Festival, Until Dec. 12 2014 @ Love Whisky Shop

Love Whisky
Link to the Whiskey Shop App on Facebook

November 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

Now on Sale! Kenya Arts Diary 2015, from Oct. 21 2014 @ Various Bookshops, Art Galleries & Gift Shops in Nairobi

KAD 2015
Recommended retail price: KES 1,600

October 25, 2014 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

Launch of the Kenya Arts Diary 2015, Oct. 21 2014 @ Heinrich Böll Foundation offices

Kenya Arts Diary 2015 Cover | Via Margaretta WaGacheru

Kenya Arts Diary 2015 Cover | Via Margaretta WaGacheru

The official launch of the Kenya Arts Diary 2015 will be held this coming Tuesday, October 21 at 6pm at the Heinrich Böll Foundation offices on Forest Road.

Guest of Honor at the Launch of this the 5th Kenya Arts Diary will be the German Ambassador, Mr. Andreas Peschke who will official launch the Diary and open the 2nd Kenya Arts Diary Artists Exhibition.

The exhibition will feature a portion of artworks by the more than 60 artists whose art is included in this year’s Diary.

The Kenya Arts Diary is the brain child of glass artist Nani Croze who is also the founder of the Kitengela Glass Research and Training Trust. Since 2010 Nani has been working with a team of art-loving volunteers to assemble art works by the best and brightest young Kenyan artists around. Kul Graphics has also played an invaluable role in publishing the full-color diary every year.

Nani’s initial vision from the beginning has been to create a diary that is both a calendar and a catalogue of contemporary Kenyan art which reflects the burgeoning nature of the local visual arts scene. She also has wanted to expose the amazing diversity, dynamism and determination of young Kenyan artists to confirm that there is indeed contemporary Kenyan art and that African art is not confined exclusively to West and South Africa but it is also thriving in East Africa, especially in Kenya.

That is why, in all five editions of the Diary, the KAD arts committee has sought to fill every new edition with the artwork of fresh, new Kenyan talents. It has also tried to include veteran Kenyan and East African artists every year. These have included painters like Ancent Soi, Elimo Njau, Yony Waite and Jak Katarikawe as well as sculptors like the late Samwel Wanjau, Elkana Ong’esa and Edward Njeng’a.

The Diary team has worked hard to seek out young and relatively unknown artists who haven’t had much public exposure but their artistic talents are apparent. The team’s commitment to giving young artists opportunities to develop their creative skills is possibly most evident in the Kenya Arts Diary Residency Award or KADRA that was launched last year. The art residency affords young artists the opportunity to work with experienced artists in stimulating studio environments for one month with all expenses paid, including art materials, accommodations, a stipend and the opportunity to exhibit the awardee’s work produced during that one month residency.

Last year, the two KADRA awardees were Michael Kyalo and Ezra Joab. This year the awardee, currently working with Nani Croze at Kitengela Glass, is Kezia Nduta.

Early in 2015 a call will go out to young Kenyan artists to apply for KADRA and all Kenyans under the age of 25 years will be welcome to apply.

What makes the Kenya Arts Diary both a calendar and a catalogue of contemporary Kenyan art is because every week is given to one artist whose art work is featured together with a head shot of the artist, a brief bio and the artist’s contacts so that the public can communicate directly with the artist. Aiming to foster transparency and independence among the artists, Nani says she feels strongly that artists need to have platforms that enable the public to easily access them. She says it’s good for the artists and the public as well since art lovers can use the Diary like a directory to find the artists they want to know and potentially to invest in their art.

Any questions about the Kenyan Arts Diary 2015 can be sent to or sent to the Diary’s Facebook page.

The Diary is available for sale in all the local bookstores, galleries and art centres. For details about obtaining the Diary, call Diana at 0720624139.

October 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm 4 comments

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