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Play: A Man Like You, May 2-3 2017 @ Braeburn Theatre


Dates: May 2-3, 2017
Venue: Braeburn Theatre
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: KES 2,500/-

About
The award-winning Kenyan play ‘A Man Like You’, which was nominated for 7 awards at last year’s Sanaa Theatre Awards, winning Best Actor and Best Tragedy, is now to tour Africa, following its Nairobi premieres last year, and three week July run off Broadway in New York.

The tour, which opens in Nairobi then moves to Zimbabwe and South Africa, taking Kenyan theatre to some of the highest profile arts events in southern Africa.

‘A Man Like You’ will be performed at the Braeburn Theatre on 2nd and 3rd May, and will then go to the Harare International Festival of Arts from 6th to 7th of May, closing in Cape Town on10th and 11th of May.

The play will be directed by writer Silvia Cassini whose tale of two idealistic headstrong men; Patrick North, British diplomat and hostage, and his Somali kidnapper Abdi, has them defending their world-views in an intense exposé of extremism, politics and religion.

The windowless concrete room in Somalia where North is imprisoned is the setting for the poignant and thought-provoking conversations he has with his captor Abdi, which raises questions about the nature of radicalisation, the flaws of differing cultures, and the similarities between them, as people.

The cell scene is intercut with a scene in North’s home in Nairobi, where his wife Elizabeth fights for her husband’s freedom whilst she dealswith his absence, and the reality that he may never return.

New York critic Thomas Scully wrote of the play: “The whole affair is gritty, honest and un-sensational in the best possible way.This play is not torture-porn, a plastic manufactured white-guilt play; so often these are the traps with these works, to make a thing brutal and violent with no regard for reality. ‘A Man Like You’ avoids these pitfalls. Cassini’s writing instead speaks extensively to cultural misunderstanding, and the parallels of entrapment between privileged and unprivileged cultures. Neither Abdi, nor North, is outright villainized or deified, but are instead presented as individuals; people who under the circumstances presented to them became the creatures they are. Their interactions and understandings within misunderstandings, and vice versa, have to be seen to be fully understood. Suffice to say, the play speaks to honest, common humanity, without painting over either side’s atrocities.”

For this third production of ‘A Man Like You’, Cassini’s cast will again include theatre stalwarts Mike Kudakwashe as Abdi, and Davina Leonard as Elizabeth, both prominent actors on the Kenyan stage, as well as Kevin Amwoma, who will reprise his role as the sinister Hassan. There is a key change in the lead, however, with Cassini having, for this latest run, cast internationally renowned Zimbabwean actor Kevin Hanssen as Patrick North.

The staging of the play for its new tour will, however, be completely different from the original, giving it a new look and a totally fresh feel. “Each new production of this play should be a clean experience, not just for the audience but for everyone involved. I have no interest in doing the same thing twice; change is what keeps us relevant and growing,” said Silvia Cassini.

The play speaks to issues that are now fueling the world’s most prominent debates, across cultural stereotypes and national identity, and through being set in Somalia, making Cassini’s message of increasing significance, and the timing of the play’s continental tour extremely pertinent.

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April 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm 2 comments

Koroga Festival Ft. Lady JayDee (Tanzania), LIRA (S. Africa) and Nyota Ndogo (Kenya), Mar. 19 2017 @ the Arboretum Grounds


Date: March 19, 2017
Venue: the Arboretum Grounds
Time: from 12 noon
Tickets: KES 2,500 at the Gate

Performances by: Lady JayDee (Tanzania), LIRA (South Africa) and Nyota Ndogo (Kenya).

March 14, 2017 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Safaricom Jazz Festival: David Sanborn – USA & TaxiWars – Belgium, Feb. 26 2017 @ Training Grounds – Kasarani Stadium

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Date: February 26, 2017
Venue: Training Grounds – Kasarani Stadium
Time: Gates open at 10 am and show starts at 12 noon
Tickets: Regular KES 2,000/- and Students KES 500/-

Performances by: David Sanborn – USA, TaxiWars – Belgium, The Hazelnuts – Israel, Ray Lema & Saka Saka – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bokani Dyer – South Africa, Arun Ghosh – UK, Shamsi Music – Kenya, Mwai and the Truth – Kenya, and the Nairobi Horns Project – Kenya

All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to funding Ghetto Classics

February 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

Mindspeak: Aly-Khan Satchu Hosts John Dramani Mahama – Former President of Ghana (2012- 2017), Feb. 11 2017 @ Fairmont – the Norfolk

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Date: February 11, 2017
Venue: Fairmont – the Norfolk, Nairobi
Time: 9.30 am – 12 noon
Presentation by John Dramani Mahama – Immediate Former President of Republic of Ghana

 

February 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Acoustic Living Room Concert: with Ines Bosombrio & Mutinda, Jan. 28 2017 @ #2 Gem Lane – Kileleshwa, off Mandera Road

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Roots International presents an intimate listening experience featuring Argentinian artist INÉS BASOMBRÍO and Kenyan artist MUTINDA

Date: January 28, 2017
Venue: #2 Gem Lane – Kileleshwa, off Mandera Road
Time: 8 pm
Tickets: KES 1,000 (note: the audience number is limited to 30)

About
ACOUSTIC LIVING ROOM CONCERTS is us presenting music in an intimate format, a living room, where artists share the stories behind their songs and the influences that drive their creativity while performing an acoustic repertoire in either a solo or duo format.

The audience number is limited to 30 so reserve your spot via Mpesa Buy Goods # 701924. The cost is 1000 Ksh. There will be a beer & wine cash bar. The event begins at 8 pm on Saturday January 28th.

Location is #2 Gem Lane Kileleshwa off Mandera Road. Keep to left and follow the road til it ends at a white gate. There ask the askari for house no. 2.

January 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

NYE Party: Kilifi New Year 2016/17, Dec. 31 2016 – Jan. 2 2017 @ Distant Relatives Eco-lodge & Backpackers – Kilifi

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Kilifi NYE line-up


Date and Time: 31st December 2016 at 16:00 to 2nd January 2017 at 6:00
Venue: Distant Relatives Eco-lodge & Backpackers, Kilifi
Admission Costs: KES 6000 (inclusive of camping – bring your camping gear!)
Contact Information For Ticket Bookings: 0715660111 | kilifinye@gmail.com

Kilifi New Year’s line-up includes the best of Kenyan and international DJs and electronic acts: Bengatronics, Seth Schwarz, Be Svendsen, Electrafrique Band, Umojah Sound System, DJ Cortega, Luke Redford, Umoja, Gregg Tendwa, Eddie Grey, Makadem, Dread Steppa, Lucky Birdi, Enchan, Chucky, Pete Rowbots, and Max Melesi

About
Kilifi New Year is preparing for the third edition of the festival this year, promising a bigger, better and bolder show than ever before. The highlights of a line-up that brings together artists from Kenya, Senegal, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands and the UK include Kenya’s own Bengatronics, the return of Seth Schwarz with his unique electric violin combo, an Electrafrique Band reunion, a visit from the legendary Be Svendsen and a broad mix of Kenya’s finest electronic performers.

http://www.kilifibackpackers.com/

December 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm Leave a 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

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