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Out of Town/Sauti za Busara Festival: Africa United, Feb. 9-12 2017 @ Stonetown – Zanzibar

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Dates: February 9-12, 2017
Venue: Stonetown, Zanzibar

Download the festival-programme (pdf)

http://www.busaramusic.org/

January 12, 2017 at 10:27 am 1 comment

Exhibition: Paint & Metal by Mary Ogembo & Dickens Otieno, Dec. 10 2016 – Jan. 14 2017 @ Creativity Gallery – National Museum

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Dates: December 10, 2016 to January 14, 2017
Venue: Creativity Gallery, National Museum
Time: Open Daily; 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Museum Rates Apply

About
Mary Ogembo’s paintings are rich with vibrant Earth colors that bring about the state of the African environment. She is inspired by the African woman and applies unconventional, engaging and fun concepts that overlook the negative stereotype placed on the African woman.

Ogembo is a kenyan born artist who has been working as a full time artist since 1998. She is currently based at the GoDown Arts centre in Nairobi. 2005, she won commonwealth arts and craft award, worked in Ghana as a resident artist for a period of six months at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Her work has been widely recognized by local media in Kenya and other countries including, South African broadcasting cooperation, Featuring Africa Within, CNN Inside Africa 2011 and others.

Collected by: The National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, The Standard Chartered bank UK and Casoria museum in Italy have collected her work.

Exhibitions: Kenya, France, USA, Egypt, Canada, Finland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Germany, Lithuania and Abu Dhabi.
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Dickens George Otieno’s (B.1979) practice is driven by the search to find meaning and worth in things that seem otherwise useless. Otieno weaves large sculptural fabrics and makes cloth sculpture from discarded drink cans which he collects from local kiosks near his home and studio. He compares the shredded cans to palm leaves which have been used traditionally for weaving through many generations and civilizations.

Clothing is important because apart from covering the body, it is also a statement about the person through the different designs of color, material and even the patterns printed on them which reflects the time and the world today.

Works at: The GoDown Art Centre in Nairobi, Kenya

Selected Exhibitions: Amsterdam art fair(2016), UN.FORM/MULTI.FORM(2016), Kenya Art FAIR (2016), Circle Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction(2015), solo exhibitions at Nafasi Art Centre-Dar es Saalam(2015), Emerson Hurumizi Zanzibar(2015) and Manjano(2011)
His work is represented in various private collections

December 8, 2016 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

2nd Annual Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 27 2016 @ Luna Amusement Park, Kiambu Road

Mardi Gras
It’s that time of year again!! The City of Nairobi will let the good times roll with its 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Luna Amusement Park, Kiambu Road.

The Celebration will start at 6pm with food, live music, body painting and AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES… Yes, you read right – bumper cars, banana boats, merry-go-rounds and a gigantic ferris wheel!

Complemented by the starry sky and extraordinary light installations, the parade will roll out from within the amusement park at 11pm with floats, music, dancers and more and there will be lots of candy and beads tossed to the crowd. GET YOUR OUTFITS READY!

THE LINEUP: Jojo Abot (GH/UK), Kadhalika (KE), Jinku (KE), Disco Vumbi (KE), Gregg Tendwa (Bengatronics) (KE), KAYA Brass Marching Band (KE/UK), Cybersnack (DE), Marcu Ezra (KE), Noise On Demand – N.O.D (KE), Shaq Deff (KE) and all the parade participants…….

February 15, 2016 at 9:21 am Leave a comment

Storymoja Festival 2015, Sept. 16-20 2015 @ Nairobi Arboretum

Storymoja Festival 2015
Dates: September 16-20, 2015
Venue: Nairobi Arboretum
Time: from 9 am every day apart from Sept. 16, 2015
Tickets: KES 1000

Download the 2015 Storymoja Festival Programme [pdf]

Visit http://storymojafestival.com/ for more information.

September 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Blitz the Ambassador Diasporadical Album Listening Party, Feb. 18 2015 @ Ebony Lounge

Blitz the Amb.
Date: February 18, 2015
Venue: Ebony Lounge, Westlands
Time: 10 pm
Entry: Free

Featuring Blitz the Ambassador from Ghana who performed in Sauti za Busara Festival

Also, Muthoni the Drummer Queen – Scheduled to do the iConcert on February 21, 2015
DJ for the night – Blinky Bill of Just a Band

February 18, 2015 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

Jazz in Folk Afternoon Barbque Concert, Nov. 22 2014 @ Benga House Gardens

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Garden show for live music lovers.

PS: People need to carry Lesso’s and shukas to have a picnic. There will be goat meat and drinks sold.

This is a chill out concert.

November 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: 10th Sauti za Busara Festival, Feb. 14-17 2013 @ Old Fort in Zanzibar

Sauti za Busara
Dates: February 14-17, 2013
Venue: Old Fort in Zanzibar
Festival Tickets*: EA Residents US $29, International Visitors US $109
Programme: Festival Timetable

*Festival admission prices vary with citizeship. Find full info here

The Festival
The festival will celebrate a lifetime achievement of bringing together artists and audiences from around Africa and beyond with enriching cultural experiences, promoting cultural diversity and social development for the past 10 years.
Sauti za Busara is an annual music event in East Africa and widely known as ‘the friendliest festival on the planet’. This edition will feature 200 musicians: more than twenty five groups from East Africa and beyond; acoustic and electric, upcoming and established – all performing live.

The Old Fort will host three nights of non-stop live music, with the main programme continuing Friday through Sunday with performances from 5pm until 1am.

The festival also features African Music Films: documentaries, music videos and live concert footage, all focused on promoting the richness and diversity of African music as screened in the amphitheatre of the Old Fort.

Headline Artist Cheikh Lo – Senegal
Headline artist for the 10th edition of Sauti za Busara is internationally acclaimed Baye Fall artist Cheikh Lo from Senegal. A superb singer and songwriter as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist and drummer he has personalized and distilled a variety of influences from West and Central Africa, to create a style that is uniquely his own.

To celebrate ten years of Sauti za Busara, the festival showcases “Best of the Best”; audience favourites of past years including Tanzania’s DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra.

Zanzibar’s Culture Musical Club will also showcase at the 10th edition and they remain the most prolific and successful taarab orchestra from East Africa.

Other main acts include Khaira Arby (Mali), Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka (Zimbabwe), Atongo Zimba (Ghana), N’Faly Kouyaté (Guinea), Nathalie Natiembe (Reunion), Nawal & Les Femmes de la Lune (Comoros/Mayotte), Wazimbo (Mozambique), The Moreira Project (Mozambique/South Africa), Owiny Sigoma Band (Kenya/UK), Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Msafiri Zawose & Sauti Band (Tanzania), Mani Martin (Rwanda), Burkina Electric (Burkina Faso/USA), Lumumba Theatre Group (Tanzania), Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal/Sweden), Super Maya Baikoko (Tanzania), Peter Msechu (Tanzania) and many more.

Networking Space
Sauti za Busara will continue to host the Movers & Shakers networking forum for local and visiting arts professionals. This networking space facilitates discussions, exchange and development of ideas on the creative industries in the East African region and beyond.

Fringe Events
It’s not just the festival that puts on a show; the local community is encouraged to take part by hosting Busara Xtra fringe events. These include traditional ngoma drum and dance, fashion shows, dhow races, open-mic sessions, after-parties and performances of Zanzibar’s oldest taarab orchestras as arranged by the local community.

For More Information: www.busaramusic.org

January 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm 2 comments

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