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Bengatronics (DJ Gregg Tendwa) ft. Wakuu (Makadem & Kasiva Mutua), Feb.19 2018 @ Alliance Française

Date: February 19, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française Gardens
Time: from 7 pm
Entry: Free

Benga is undoubtedly Kenyan’s original dance music. Bengatronics, coined by sound producer/DJ Gregg Tendwa, can be a sound, a vibe or a movement. It is essentially a cocktail of folk, dance, electronic and experimental fusion from East Africa. Borrowing heavily from authentic benga styles, it introduces digital influences such as real-time remixing, sampling, and improvisation of arrangements in a live performance setting.

After performances at the Kilifi New Year Festival, the Bengatronics collective showcase some of the heavyweights of Kenyan music scene (the Wakuu) with Makadem, the nyatiti wielding ohanglaman and Kasiva Mutua, the globe-trotting percussionist.


February 16, 2018 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

Showcase Wednesday with Daraja, Oct. 25 2017 @ the Alliance Française

Date: October 25, 2017
Venue: the Alliance Française
Time: 7 pm
Free Entry

Showcase Wednesday provides a small intimate setting for singers, musicians, music and poetry collaborations to get exposure and build audiences.

Daraja Band performs music that fuses the sounds of Africa with that of others parts of the world. The group’s music provides a bridge to connect with people from all backgrounds. Many colors, one sound. The band comprises of Kirit Pattni on the Indian flute, Rapasa Otieno on Nyatiti and Adung’, Steve Kimani on guitar, Prasad Velankar on the tablas, Kamaich Kamau on percussion.

Vocalists include Señor Cjays who brings a blend of Swahili, English and Spanish rap, Daniel Osanya who carries a Jazz sound and Fezile Mauncho who ties it in with rhythm and sounds from Southern Africa.

October 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

Showcase Wednesday Concert ft. Sono Airlines, Sept. 13 2017 @ Alliance Française Garden

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française Gardens
Time: 7pm
Free entry

Showcase Wednesday provides a small intimate setting for singers, musicians, music and poetry collaborations to get exposure and build audiences.

First stop Kenya. French DJs Tom Select and Blacksad embark on a musical odyssey in search of local music off the beaten path.
For this Showcase Wednesday, the DJs will mix their individual styles to take you back in time to the RnB era of the 50s, the disco-funk years of the 70s and bring you back to today’s afro-electro sounds. They will also have you dancing to French music, from rock to hip hop to reggae.

September 8, 2017 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Showcase Wednesday ft. DJ BBRAVE & GAFACCI, Aug. 30 2017 @ Alliance Française Gardens

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française Gardens
7pm | Free entry

Join us on Wed. 30th August for the monthly Showcase Wednesday. We will be featuring Jowaa, an afro-electronic French-Ghanaian duo of DJ BBRAVE and music producer GAFACCI.

Preceding their concert will be a showcase by a collection of Kenyan DJs who will give us a taste of their music creation/performance skills.

August 29, 2017 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

Concert: Showcase Wednesday ft. Noni, Feb. 15 2017 @ Alliance Française Gardens

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française Gardens
Time: 6.30 pm
Free entry

February 9, 2017 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

An Evening of Afro-Jazz/End of the Year Party: with Eric Wainaina & Athieno, Dec. 2 2016 @ Alliance Française

Date: December 2, 2016
Venue: Alliance Française Gardens
Time: 7-10 pm
Tickets: KES 1,000 at the Door

Performances by Eric Wainaina & Athieno – both alumnae of Berklee School of Music.

November 29, 2016 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

Concert: Reggae Battles Benga Beat (Wyre Vs Makadem), Nov. 4 2016 @ Alliance Française

Date: November 4, 2016
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 7-11 pm
Entrance: KES 1,000 (Advance tickets available on *510*2004#)

About Reggae vs Benga
Reggae battles benga beat as the R&B and reggae artist, Wyre, meets the Benga musician, Makadem.

Makadem aka Mganga Mkuu, mixes traditional Benga and up-tempo Afro Beat in a unique blend. WYRE is arguably one of the best reggae artist’s in Kenya and won the 2013 Best New Entertainer award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards.

Who will triumph? Makadem with his energetic command of the stage or Wyre with his reputation as a king on the dance floor?

October 27, 2016 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

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