Posts filed under ‘Open Mic’
Does translation open up new frontiers for art or does it lead to the loss of context and the purity of the work? Join 16 poets, spoken word and rappers from the SPOKEN WOR:L:DS project (that draws artists from Nairobi and Berlin) as they discover and debate the joys and challenges of translation and the translatability of lyrics. They shall also share their experiences of the project as well as subsequent performances. Rappers, Poets, Spoken Word artists are very welcome to present their work during the open stage segment. (Please register through email@example.com or at Goethe Institut by Wednesday, November 13th between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.) Karibuni nyote!
SPOKEN WOR:L:DS – lyrical performance between Nairobi and Berlin – is an international literature exchange project between artists from both cities, focusing on contemporary performance poetry.
It takes up impulses of Poetry, Spoken Word, Slam Poetry and Rap, which are art forms that mix literature, music, dance, and visual arts. Eight artists from Berlin, including Josefine Berkholz, Diamondog, Erko, Christian Filips, Josh, LMNZ, Madog, Sabine Scho will meet the following artists from Nairobi: Checkmate, L-Ness, Ogutu Muraya, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Namatsi, Sitawa Namwalie, Octopizzo, and Poetic B.
The project takes place in Nairobi November , 9th – 15th 2013 and in 5th – 12th April 2014 in Berlin.
SPOKEN WOR:L:DS is a project by Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Maono Cultural Group and Kwani Trust in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Kenya. It is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and supported by Goethe-Institut, Auswärtiges Amt, and Gangway e.V. The project’s media partner is AfricAvenir.
Performance Poetry – A project between Nairobi & Berlin: Spoken Wor:l:ds, Nov. 6-16 2013 @ Various Venues
10th Nov: Street Poetry 3:00pm Aga khan walk (Free )
11th Nov: SPOKEN WOR:L:DS Goethe-Institut Nairobi 2:00pm (free)
12th Nov: Spoken Wor:l:ds (Kwani) 7:30 pm Imax (Free)
13th Nov: Spoken Wor:l:ds (Goethe) 4:00 to 6:00 pm (Free)
15th Nov: Spoken Worl:l:ds (Live & Loud) Tree house (free) plus there is transport from town
More info here
This monthly event brings together poetry lovers in a spontaneous open mic event under open skies. It makes use of city pavements and the mostly-agreeable sunny weather to share the lyrical art form. SPOKEN WOR:L:DS are invited as guests.
Date: November 10, 2013
Venue: Aga Khan Walk
More info here
Performances by: Kevin Oluoch, Shamir, Valentine Ziki & Arona
Spoken Word Festival – The Spoken Word Project: Stories Travelling through Africa, Oct. 16 2013 @ Afra Lounge
Stories are created by being told. In telling narratives, stories are invented, passed on, changed and adapted. They wander through the world, are passed between persons and easily transcend man-made boundaries. In doing so, the story’s form changes, the narrative gains some details and loses others, while the focus and theme shifts.
The cities participating in this project are Johannesburg, Antananarivo, Nairobi, Kampala, Luanda, Yaoundé, Bamako and Abidjan.
All performances will be recorded, while independent juries critique the entries and select the best three performances. Their contributions are uploaded onto the online-platform in video format.
The full documentation can be found here: www.goethe.de/spokenword
Performing artists include: Checkmate Mido, Kennet B, El Poet, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Namatsi Lukoye, Raya Wambui, Dennis Inkwa, Oballa Dan, Asali and Monaja. There will be guest-performances by Julian Heun (Berlin) and Rehema Nanfuka (Kampala)
The spoken word performances in Nairobi will be judged by Sitawa Namwalie, Cindy Ogana and Wamathai.
In cooperation with Kwani Trust.
Poetry from: Hînga Mwonjoria, Poppa Stev-o (ex- convict), KITUI THE POET, Tela Abala, Oduor Jagero-Koa (African bull), Poet Tear Drops, Mollow Dickens (Gun shot survivor), Brian Otieno (Black man in white teeth), among others.
This week on Fatuma’s Voice
Do crime rates reduce as a result of the government fitting in cctv cameras around town? Are the people who man them competent enough so that the mwananchi could experience their effectiveness? Or are these simply moves to blind people that something is being done about insecurity?
How would you rate our police on a scale of 1-10? Who watches over their actions since they watch over ours? What is the law? Who is the law??
‘Who watches over who?’ is the question we are asking ourselves this Friday on #FatumasVoice. If you have nothing to say, then come listen to what others have to say. A lasting solution could pop up in your mind, for after we speak, we act. It’s the only way we can make a difference, by walking the talk.
Host: Cindy Ogana
An afternoon of moving, sincere lyricism and art
On Saturday 11th May 2013, the Being Only Great Of Finesse events presents, “Mine to Move” a live and active anthology of poetry, music and visual art at the Hilton Hotel Nairobi.
The event runs from 3 to 7 pm and entry is Kshs 500
The event attracts Kenyans both young and young at heart who want to keep their pulse on the newest trends in music, poetry and visual arts. It attracts creative energetic minds ripe for deep conversations and exhilarating intellectual socializing. It attracts young people curious to explore their world on their own terms and unafraid of brutally honest representations of the issues around us as well as sincere, heartfelt lyricism, and honest unpretentious poetry.
Artists expected to perform at May’s B.O.G.O.F event are poets: Kelvin Kaesa and A Lost Child Soul. Music from: Louise Madete with the Band Yellow Light Machine, the band SOCS and the multilingual hip hop emcee Kalimani alongside 2012 Nokia Don’t skip the beat freestyle battle champion, Shahidi Xcalibur. Sketch artists: Ramzzy, Denet, Siege, Nduta and Melpractice will Sketch away during the event drawing inspiration from the performers, the audience and of course the theme: mine to move.
The contemplation behind the events theme, ‘mine to move’, is the understanding that its within your power to grasp at opportunities and transform situations and within your power to lay still and just move with the flow.
The theme is in line with the vision that B.O.G.O.F. events holds for the society, “to Revolutionize the self through Music and Art”.
The event presents the art enthusiast a chance to experience refreshing talent in an intimate and engaging setting at a central place in the C.B.D. yet removed from the hustle and bustle of the streets.
Performances by: Mimmo, El Poet, NIque Apollo and Tamasha beats
Plus celebrity auction: Michelle Morgan and Bernard Ndong
Host: Ricardo Benon
Featured Artists: Angela Wambui Muiruri, Cynthia Waliaula, Pauline Ay, Fadhilee Itulya, Kibali Moreithi, Rix-Poet, Archangel Ngumi, Raya Wambui, Yung Noiz, Dynasty Kamau, Teardrops, Youth at Heart
Mc:Angela Wambui Muiruri
WORD UP LIVE! is an event run by Poet-cum-Singer Ricardo Benon. This is platform focuses on giving exposure to upcoming musicians, MC’s, Narrators and Poets and market the products of established artists through marketing their Videos, CD’s and Upcoming concerts.
The event mainly focuses on Live Bands, Poetry and Spoken-Word.
For more information on WORD UP LIVE EVENTS visit http://worduplive.kbo.co.ke/
MC: Cindy Ogana
We regret to cancel the December Edition of Kwani? Open Mic due to the recent matatu strike – From Kwan? Facebook Page
Suits and Mics is a unique Live Hip-Hop event. It is a fusion of jazzy tunes by Band 254 and lyrical mastery by Jemedari, Point Blank and Rilla.
Listen to Letter to the president by Jemedari
Featured Poet: Esther Poyer
Featured Artist: Christine Kamau
MC: Cindy Ogana