Posts filed under ‘Open Mic’

Kwani? Open Mic – March Edition Ft. Ogutu Muraya, Mar. 3 2020 @ IMAX Cinema, Mama Ngina Street (CBD Nairobi)


MC: Akinyi Oluoch

Date: March 3, 2020
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm
Venue: IMAX Cinema, Mama Ngina Street (CBD Nairobi)
Entry: Kes 1000 at the door. Advance tickets at Kes 800*. Early Bird Tickets at Kes 500. (Get tickets on mookh.com)

*Advance ticketing closes at 6 pm.

About Ogutu
Ogutu Muraya is a writer and theater maker whose work is embedded in the practice of Orature. He studied International Relations at USIU-Africa and graduated in 2016 with a Master in Arts at the Amsterdam University of the Arts – DAS Theatre. He has been published in the Kwani? Journal, Chimurenga Chronic, Rekto:Verso and Etcetera Magazine. His performative works & storytelling have featured in several theatres and festivals including- La Mama (NYC), The Hay Festival (Wales), HIFA (Harare), NuVo Arts Festival (Kampala), Storymoja Festival (Nairobi), Spoken Wor:l:ds (Berlin), Globe to Globe Festival (London), Ranga Shankara (Bangalore), Afrovibes Festival (Amsterdam), Spielart (Munich), Theatre is Must Forum (Alexandria), Theatre Commons (Tokyo) among others.

Ogutu is a recipient of The Eric Brassem Exchange Certificat. He was recognized as a talent in the 2017- 2018 Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst – 3 Package Deal.

His latest solo performance ‘Because I Always Feel Like Running’ was nominated for – The ZKB Patronage Award and ZKB Audience Award during the 39th edition of Zürcher Theater Spektakel, in Zurich.

February 28, 2020 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

Open Mic Sessions – Every First Sunday of the Month, From May 5 2019 @ National Museum of Kenya


Date: May 5, 2019
Venue: National Museum of Kenya
Time: 2-6 PM
Entry: Free

April 30, 2019 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

The Poetry Circle: with Checkmate Mido, Nov. 30 2016 @ Brioche in Karen

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Date: November 30, 2016
Venue: Brioche in Karen
Time: 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Tickets: KES 300 at the Door and KES 200 Advance

About
The Brioche are kicking off ‘The Poetry Circle’ this Wednesday with Checkmate Mido @ Brioche in Karen. It will be a weekly open mic / poetry reading event happening from 7.30-9.30pm.

November 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm 1 comment

Open Mic Night Ft. Kantona, Mar. 1 2016 @ the Phoenix Players – Parliament Rd

Kwani March 2016
Date: March 1, 2016
Venue: the Phoenix Players – Parliament Rd
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: KES 300 at the Gate

February 25, 2016 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic Night, Feb. 2 2016 @ the Phoenix Players

Kwani Open Mic Feb 2016
Date: February 2, 2016
Venue: the Phoenix Players
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: KES 300 at the Gate and KES 200 Advance

January 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

5th Edition of Kwani? Litfest: Beyond the Map of English, Dec. 1-6 2015 in Nairobi

Kwani Literature Festival
The fifth edition of Kwani? Litfest, a biennial gathering of writers, artists and thinkers from across Africa, takes place from 1st-6th December 2015.

This year’s literary festival, Beyond the Map of English: Writers in conversation on Language hosts readings, performances and discussions that explore issues of language and how this relates to African experiences and writing on the continent.

Confirmed participants include Nuruddin Farah, Taiye Selasi, Boris Boubacar Diop, Yvonne Adhiambo Owour, Wu Ming, Prof. Aldin Mutembei,FOKN Bois and Siphiwo Mahala.

November 22, 2015 at 3:38 pm 2 comments

58th Edition of Poetry Slam Africa, Oct. 18 2015 @ Alliance Française

Slam Africa AF
Date: October 18, 2015
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 2-6 pm
Tickets: KES 500

About
The 58th edition of Slam Africa brings together some of the country’s fast rising Spoken Word Poets.
Some of the shortlisted poets who will battle it out for the Crown of Poetry Slam Champion on Sunday are: Abir Ibrahim (Tanzania), Koi Kimani, Emmanuel Daudi, Eric Mburu, Jane Karanja, Leila Maranga, Winston King’ori, Ivan Irakoze (Burundi), Robin Mulati and Griffins Ndhine (wildcard).

October 12, 2015 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

Bassey World Live, Sept. 2 2015 @ Mageuzi Theatre – Pawa 254 Hub

Basseyworld Live
Date: September 2, 2015
Venue: Mageuzi Theatre, Pawa 254 Hub
Time: 6-8 pm
Entry: Free

September 2, 2015 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

Mic Robbery III, Aug. 2 2015 @ TreeHouse – Westlands

Mic Robbery 3

July 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic, Jul. 7 2015 @ the Phoenix Players

Open Mic Jul 2015
Date: July 7, 2015
Venue: the Phoenix Players
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: KES 300 at the Gate and KES 200 advance

June 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Warm Up Party – Music, Comedy & Poerty, Jun. 28 2015 @ Paa ya Paa – Love Garden

Warm Up Party

June 24, 2015 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

56th Poetry Slam Africa, Jun. 14 2015 @ Pawa 254 Hub

Poerty 56
Date: June 14 2015
Venue: Pawa 254 Hub

About
This Sunday 14th June 2015 will witness the crowning of the 56th Slam Africa King/Queen, hosted by GuFy Dox.

Some of Nairobi’s finest and fastest-rising poets are set to battle for the crown. Also featured is a Slam Africa King and wizard of words: Fuse Sulle.

June 11, 2015 at 12:01 pm 1 comment

Kwani Open Mic Night feat. Chakemate Mido, Jun. 2 2015 @ the Phoenix Players

Kwani Open Mic June 2015
Date: June 2, 2015
Venue: The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd, Inside Professional Centre
Time: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Entry: KES 300 at the gate, Advance tickets via M-pesa.

Featured Poet: Checkmate Mido

May 28, 2015 at 9:33 am Leave a comment

Spoken Live Thursday, June 4 2015 @ the Juniper Kitchen – Muthangari Drive

Spoken Word Thursday
Date: June 4, 2015
Venue: the Juniper Kitchen – Muthangari Drive
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: KES 500/-

May 27, 2015 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic May Edition feat. Vanessa Ombura & Lele Ngoma, May 5 2015 @ the Phoenix Players

Open Mic May 2015
Date: May 5, 2015
Venue: the Phoenix Players
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: KES 300 at the Gate

April 30, 2015 at 2:27 pm 2 comments

Kwani? Open Mic – April Edition feat. Kevin Man Njoro, Apr. 7 2015 @ The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd

Kwani? Open Mic April 2015
Date: 7th April 2015
Time: 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm
Venue: Inside Professional Centre
Entry: Kes. 300 at the gate.

Advance tickets only via Mpesa at ksh200: Simply select “Buy Goods” onyour MPesa menu, enter the “Till Number” (56714) and follow instructions to complete transaction.

Featured Poet: Kevin Man Njoro
Featured band: KIU
MC: Cindy Ogana

Kevin Man Njoro
Comedian, rapper, mechanic and poet, Kevin Waithaka is a jack of all trades and master of them all. Whether performing with a Kikuyu accent as Man Njoro or as the polished Nemesis, Kevin’s wit and lyricism is highly entertaining. A collaboration with rapper Rabbit on Uko Sure showed his talent for crafty storytelling.

KIU
Inspired by singers like Zahara, Asa and India Arie, Kenyan songstresses, Tracy, Rosa and Pauline are fast-rising trio, Kiu. Here to quench Nairobi’s unquenchable thirst for quality music, Kiu blends its harmonies effortlessly, each with their own unique voice and unmatched musical ability. Past performances include Brew Bistro’s Oktoberfest, World Music Day (Fete de la Musique) at Alliance Francaise, Ndovu Zetu/Blankets and Wine at the UN recreational grounds, among others.

April 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

Kwani? Open Mic: We’ve Moved Edition! Mar. 3 2015 @ Phoenix Players

Open-Mic-2015
Nairobi’s longest running performance poetry platform, Kwani? Open Mic commemorates its 8th year with a switch to new venue, Phoenix Players. A beloved fixture on Nairobi’s arts and culture circuit, this spot shall provide a relaxed and intimate setting where words will take centre stage.

The inaugural event slated for March 3rd has slam champions Teardrops and Wanjiku Mwaurah blessing the mic as the night’s featured poets with H_Art the Band providing musical delight.

Look out for performances by special guests and old friends of Kwani? Open Mic.

Featured Poets: Teardrops and Wanjiku Mwaurah
Featured Band: H_art the Band
MC: Cindy Ogana
Date: 3rd March 2015
Time: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue: The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd, Inside Professional Centre
Entry: Advance 200*, Gate 300.

*Advance tickets are only available via Mpesa: Simply select “Buy Goods” on your MPesa menu, enter the “Till Number” (56714) and follow instructions to complete transaction.

Bios
Teardrops
This fast rising sheng Spoken Word poet has performed at over a hundred venues across the country. Teardrops is passionate about social issues and change and recently released a spoken word album. Besides art, he is an entrepreneur and electrical engineer.

Wanjiku Mwaurah
A natural performer and talented scriptwriter, the Flow of My Soul author, Wanjiku Mwaurah goes beyond poetry and has been involved in awareness campaigns for the cerebral palsy condition (art4acause) while playing mentor for many upcoming artists in the field.

H_Art the Band
Made up of Mordecai Kimeu, Kenneth Muya and Wachira Gatama, H-Art the Band has created a language best understood not by the mind but by the heart. Blending smooth vocals with poetry, freestyle rap and dance, the trio is making waves in the local music scene.

March 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Open Mic Night – Unchained Tour feat. Mufasa & Teardrops, Nov. 4 2014 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

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Date: November 4, 2014
Venue: Arfa Lounge
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: KES 400 at the Gate

Featuring: Performances by Mufasa and Teardrops

October 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

An Intimate DJ Performance with Talib Kweli, Oct. 23 2014 @ Ebony Lounge

Talib Kweli
Date: October 23, 2014
Venue: Ebony Lounge
Time: 8 pm
Tickets: KES 2000

Guest Artists: Khaligraph, Muthoni DQ
Music by G-Money

October 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Spoken Word + Double Album Launch: Unchained Voices, Oct. 12 2014 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

Unchained Voices

October 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm 1 comment

Kwani? Open Mic August Edition: Black August, Aug. 5 2014 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

Aug2014-Poetry-Competition-WEB

July 24, 2014 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

Kwani? Open Mic July 2014 Edition feat. Teardrop, Jul. 1 2014 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

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Date: July 1, 2014
Venue: Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema, Mama Ngina Street
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 400 at the Door

June 27, 2014 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

ELEMENTS – The Hip Hop Community, May 6 2014 @ the Italian Institute of Culture

poster Hip Hop
Date: May 6, 2014
Venue: the Italian institute of Culture, Westlands
Time: 5 pm

April 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic feat. Muthoni Msooh Gitau, Mar. 4 2014 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

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Date: March 4, 2014
Venue: Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 400 at the Gate & Kshs 300 advance

February 27, 2014 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

Kwani Open Mic featuring Larry Liza, Feb. 4 2014 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

Open Mic
Date: February 4, 2014
Venue: Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 300

January 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Kwani? Open Mic: feat. Poetic Bee, Dec. 3 2013 @ Arfa Lounge – Imax Cinema

Kwani Open Mic

December 3, 2013 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Album Launch: Poems – Jade the Kenyan Dreams by Namatsi, Nov. 23 2013 @ Michael Joseph Centre

Natamasi

November 22, 2013 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

Hip Hop Rapsody feat. DJ Cortega & Point Blank, Nov. 19 2013 @ Choices

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Date: November 19, 2013
Venue: Choices, Baricho Road
Time: 9 pm to 1 pm
No cover charge!

November 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Lost in Translation? Panel Discussion, Performances & Open Stage, Nov. 13 2013 @ Goethe Institut

Spoken Worlds
Date: Wednesday 13th November
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 6.00 pm
Admission: free

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 spokenworlds@literaturwerkstatt.org or at Goethe Institut by Wednesday, November 13th between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.) Karibuni nyote!

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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.

November 8, 2013 at 8:43 am 3 comments

Performance Poetry – A project between Nairobi & Berlin: Spoken Wor:l:ds, Nov. 6-16 2013 @ Various Venues

Spoken Worlds LP
Programme
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

SPOKEN WOR:L:DS Trailer one from SPOKEN WOR:L:DS on Vimeo.

More info here

November 8, 2013 at 8:34 am 1 comment

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