Posts tagged ‘Kilifi’

Kilifi New Year 2020 ft. Osunlade, Blinky Bill, Kampire, Jack Rooster, the Kaya Collective, Valerie Muthoni & Yellow Light Machine et al, Dec. 30 2019 – Jan. 2 2020 @ Beneath the Baobabs, Kilifi

Dates: Dec. 30 2019 – Jan. 2 2020
Venue: Beneath the Baobabs, Kilifi

December 13, 2019 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Kilifi New Year 2020: First Official Artist Line-Up (ft. Osunlade, Blinky Bill, Kampire, Jack Rooster, the Kaya Collective, Valerie Muthoni & Yellow Light Machine et al.), Dec. 30 2019 – Jan. 2 2020 @ Beneath the Baobabs, Kilifi

Dates: Dec. 30 2019 – Jan. 2 2020
Venue: Beneath the Baobabs, Kilifi

October 8, 2019 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Extra Muros at Distant Relatives – Kilifi, Aug. 30 2019 @ Distant Relatives – Kilifi

Date: August 30, 2019
Venue: Distant Relatives, Kilifi
Time: 8-12 pm
Free entrance

Extra Muros is an electronic music artist residency organised by FLEE in East Africa.
Join them for a night, as they present their work and art in Kilifi at Distant Relatives Eco-lodge & Backpackers, for a night of electronic music, ideas and exchanges.

August 26, 2019 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Live Band and Pizza Night ft. Nairobi Horns Project, Feb. 15 2019 @ Distant Relatives Eco-lodge – Kilifi

Date: February 15, 2019
Venue: Distant Relatives Eco-lodge – Kilifi
Time: from 6 pm
Entry: KES 500/-

February 8, 2019 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

Flipflopi Dhow (Clean Seas) Expedition from Lamu to Zanzibar (with stops in Kilifi, Mombasa, Diani, and Shimoni), from Jan. 24 – Feb. 7 2019

Date: from January 24 – February 7, 2019
Expedition from Lamu to Zanzibar (with stops in Kilifi, Mombasa, Diani, and Shimoni)

Find more information, here.

January 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Photos from Kilifi New Year 2019 Festival at Beneath the Baobabs – Kilifi

The Burn at Kilifi New Year, Jan. 2 2019 | by NairobiNow

Photos from Kilifi New Year 2019:
Photos from the three stages, namely; the Main Stage (link), Umoja Stage (link) and Hidden Valley Stage (link).
Photos (link) from the Burn!

January 17, 2019 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Kilifi New Year Festival ft. 62 Local and International Acts, Dec. 30 2018 – Jan. 2 2019 @ Beneath the Baobabs – Kilifi

Dates: December 30, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Venue: Beneath the Baobabs – Kilifi
Tickets: Final Advance Tickets at KSh 8,000 for the entire 4-day duration. Tickets at the gate will cost KSh 9,000

Advance tickets available, here

Located in Kenya on the East coast of Africa, Kilifi is where we chose to call home. This was not only because of its stunning natural beauty, but because of the future that we envisioned for it. In 2014, the founders decided to host a gathering that would act as a melting pot of global cultures and a haven for freedom of expression. It was going to be a place where they could fiercely advocate what they themselves believed in: conscious living and sustainability.

Our festival – with secret nooks, majestic spaces and art dotted all across the site – is intended to encourage renewal. It culminates with the burning of a large wooden sculpture, symbolising new beginnings and a shared optimism for a brighter future, bringing together the community of Kilifi and all festival goers for a moving spectacle.

The Music
This year’s festival will offer three stages with over 40 artists from different genres: House and Techno Music, Dub Reggae and Bass Music with both Kenyan and international acts

Here’s a sample of all the DJ lineup in store for 2019. First Wave Lineup:

Nickodemus (US), Gato Preto (D/AO/GH), Yaadcore (JM), Cian Finn (IRE), DJ invIZable (SA), Yeti (SA), Jinku (K), Kerby (K), Seth Schwarz (D), Pete on the Corner (UK), Makadem (K), Marcus WI (K), Tash LC (UK), Enchan (K), Chucky (K), Belville (D), Dreadsteppa (K), Umojah Sound System (K), Commoner (UK), Sadhu Sensi (SA), Abaki Simba (K), Brian Kadawa (K), Shishi (K) et al.

Mind, Body, Soul
We are excited to announce a newly created area dedicated to feeding the senses and educating the mind; away from the exciting and intense music and energy of the dance floors beneath the baobabs.

Here, we will hold workshops, talks and have different therapies and therapists on hand to enhance the festivals values of holistic living and conscious education. Our attendees feed both mind & body with yoga and other activities which all have an emphasis on improving quality of life.

Our Ethos
We stand for diversity in race, religion, sex, origin and humanity. The basic principle behind this is that the more diverse we are the richer we are! We judge people by who they are inside, not by the colour of their skin, sex, sexual orientation or anything else skin deep.

We want to act as a platform for growing the wellness and alternative education movement in Kenya. For it to be a bigger part of lives of everyone who comes through our gates.

Kilifi New Year commits to protect and conserve the local environment and as act as an example and inspiration to live consciously on the planet. We focus on ecological awareness, e.g. gardening/ cultivation of land, water harvesting and conservation education.

Creativity: The dream is to showcase and develop talents and potential in music and art from all over Kenya.

The Magic Maker. We want Kilifi New Year acts as a beacon to attract international and homegrown creativity & talent in order to bring in the skills and knowledge which will to amplify all of the above goals.

The Venue: Beneath the Baobabs
This is the unique jungle site populated by ancient trees is set beside the stunning Takaungu Creek on the Indian Ocean. It is surrounded by pristine lush plateau, and is home to secret wild orange and lemon orchards, bamboo forests and thousand year-old baobabs that make for a magical setting for any experience.

Over the next 12 months is hosting two main public festivals, Kilifi New Year Beneath the Baobabs, and Kilifi Roots Festival – Beneath the Baobabs.

December 19, 2018 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Kilifi New Year: Beneath the Baobabs ft. Local and International Acts, Dec. 30 2018 – Jan. 2 2019 @ Kilifi

Dates: December 30, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Venue: Kilifi
Tickets: Available, here

December 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Kilifi New Year Festival: Advance Tickets – Last Call! Until Nov. 12 2018 @ Beneath the Baobabs – Kilifi

Dates: December 30, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Venue: Beneath the Baobabs, Kilifi
Advance Tickets: KES 7,000/-, thereafter KES 9,000/-

Kilifi New Year 2019: the Official Lineup!

Find more information, here.

November 8, 2018 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

Kilifi New Year 2019! First Wave Artist Line-Up, Dec. 30 2018 – Jan. 2 2019 @ Beneath the Baobabs, Kilifi

Dates: December 30, 2018 – January 2, 2019
Venue: Beneath the Baobabs, Kilifi
Tickets: Currently KES 7,000/- Available, here

For more information, visit –

October 11, 2018 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Breathe ft. Maad Jikoni (Live set), Suraj, Dylan – S, Foozak et al, Dec. 29 2017 @ Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge and Backpackers – Kilifi

Date: December 29, 2017
Venue: Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge and Backpackers – Kilifi
Tickets: KES 1,000/- at the Gate and KES 500/- advance

December 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

Kilifi New Year: Bush, Beats, Booty and Bass! Dec. 30 2017 – Jan. 2 2018 @ Kilifi

Dates: December 30 – January 2, 2018
Venue: Kilifi Plantations, Kilifi
Tickets: Advance – KES 6,600 available, here and Gate KES 8,000/-


For more information, visit –

December 15, 2017 at 1:43 pm Leave a comment

Mack is Back! Jazz | Pop | House Music Concert, May 5 2017 @ Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers – Kilifi

Date: May 5, 2017
Venue: Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers, Kilifi
Time: 18:00- 22:00
Tickets: KES 500/-

Timiza Lengo Company and Distant Relatives have been able to get Mackinlay, infamous Kilifi trumpeter, founder of the Nairobi Horns Project and the current jazz king in Nairobi, out of his tight schedule to come for an evening gig in Kilifi. Join us for a wonderful jazzy experience mixed in with pop and funk under the stars with Mack whose horn has been blowing audiences away all over East Africa.

Tickets are only KSh 500 and as usual you can enjoy our amazing selection of pizzas at KSh 600 because it’s another pizza night!

April 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town/Labour Day Week-end Getaway: Saffir Kilifi, Apr. 28 – May 1 2017 @ Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge – Kilifi

Dates: April 28 – May 1, 2017
Venue: Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge, Kilifi
Tickets: KES 12,000/- PP inclusive of a train ride from Nairobi – Mombasa & Bus ride back!

Find more details, here

The Saffir Lunatic Express, is a one-way train trip to the coast with amazing bunch of people, lots of good music and whiskey, topped by a weekend of amazing fun by the creek and party at distant relatives, on the famous floatel.

KES 12,000 only, will get you the party on the Lunatic Express, 2 nights accommodation at Distant Relatives in Kilifi and all transfers, including a cozy bus back to Nairobi.

Hop on board The Saffir Lunatic Express before it is decommissioned and come have a great experience in Kilifi!

April 22, 2017 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Out of Town/Kilifi: Distant Horizons – Sundowner Sessions, Dec. 29 2016 @ Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge Kilifi

On 29th December, Distant Relatives will be hosting “Distant Horizons”, a laidback sundowner session with our finest local talent including Labman, Lucky Birdi, and Dread Steppa.

Come and chill out before the mayhem starts, relax by the pool and listen to a fusion of music including ambient/chill out, house, techno, trance, reggae, dub and drum & bass.

Date: December 29, 2016
Venue: Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge, Kilifi
Time: Begins at 6pm
Entry: 500ksh On the Door

December 28, 2016 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

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

Kilifi NYE line-up

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 |

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

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.

December 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

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

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: 6000 KSh
Contact Info For Ticket Bookings: 0715660111,

Kilifi New Year is a radically creative two-day explosion of music and tropical beach culture set on the gorgeous banks of Kilifi Creek. Incredible performers from around East Africa and the world will come together to put on a unique, technicolour show as we celebrate the intersection between African and World electronic music.

With interactive art installations, mind-bending décor, midnight burn after party, miraa juice galore, radical self-expression, laughter, madness, stalls of mind blowing diversity and proportion and too much more, our beach-side playground will be turned into an extraordinary musical exhibition!

Tickets are very limited so book your NOW!


December 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm 1 comment

Out of Town: the Petebox w/ World Renowned Loop Pedal Beatboxer, Oct. 21 2016 @ Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers

Date: October 21, 2016
Venue: Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers, Kilifi
Time: 7pm
Tickets: 500
Call: 0702 232 323

October 12, 2016 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

Out of town/Concert: Jah 9 & the Dub Treatment, Sept. 17 2016 @ Distant Relatives Ecolodge -Kilifi

Date: September 17, 2016
Venue: Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers, Kilifi
Time: 8 pm
Tickets: KES 500

September 9, 2016 at 12:28 pm 1 comment

Out of Town: Pub Quiz, Sept. 3 2016 @ Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers – Kilifi

Pub quiz & party (1)
Date: September 3, 2016
Venue: Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers, Kilifi
Time: 5-11 pm
Entry: KES 100

September 1, 2016 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Out of Town: Kilifi 4X4 After Party, May 1 2016 @ Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers

After party poster
Date: May 1, 2016
Location: Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers, Kilifi
Time: 4 pm -12 am
Free Entry

April 26, 2016 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

New Year’s Eve Party – Electric Jungle Festival, Dec. 31 2015 @ Distant Relatives Backpackers Eco-lodge – Kilifi

Kilifi NYE
Introducing, Kilifi New Year 2016, Kenya’s freshest boutique festival experience. Thirty six hours packed with the dopiest and most exhilarating vibes the continent has to offer.

Date: December 31, 2015
Venue: Distant Relatives Backpackers Eco-lodge, Kilifi
Tickets : KES 6000 – Includes: Free camping for two nights, entrance into the New Year’s Eve party at Distant Relatives on the 31st and Lake of Fire Party on the 1st of January.

Kilifi New Year gets bigger and better every year, and this time around we’re very excited to announce that our headliner is chart-conquering Berlin DJ Wankelmut! Ever heard this song?

We’re also proud to welcome Toby2shoes, South Africa’s favourite genre mashing funkster, back again to #KilifiNYE2016!

We have also confirmed a full line-up of incredible musical depth drawn from across Africa, Europe and the States, and over the next few weeks we will be introducing you to a troupe of traveling troubadours who will keep the dancefloor rocking throughout this year’s event. We’ll be publishing a full schedule soon!

All this will be taking place in one of East Africa’s most unique and stunning settings. Our build team of artists, sculptors and industrial designers are hard at work putting together a wonderland of electric installations and mind-bending decor. It’s going to be even bigger and better than last year’s event!

The Beach Baobab Stage has been confirmed as the venue for the second night! We have extended the festival into a second day this year, so save some energy for January 1st as the incredible music continues from 4pm. Dance under the stars, swim out in the phosphorescence, jive in the jungle, and witness the hypnotizing beauty of the burn at the Lake of Fire Party!

This is going to be an amazing journey and you’re all invited!

For tickets message FULL NAMES for each attendant to 0718522872 and then await individual payment instructions and confirmation number. ID compulsory on entrance.

More info visit Distant Relatives Eco-lodge & Backpackers website

December 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

New Year Warm Up Party W/ Gregg Tendwa, Dec. 26 2015 @ Distant Relatives Backpackers Eco lodge – Kilifi

Warm Up Party Gregg
Date: December 26, 2015
Venue: Distant Relatives Backpackers Eco lodge, Kilifi
Entry: Free

Multimedia artist, free thinker, ardent opponent of anything authoritarian, Greg Tendwa’s style is described as mending social reality through music, photography, fashion, food, stories & games.

Gregg Tendwa pioneers a sound called ‘Bengatronics’. “It’s that afro-goodness brewed when benga music meets electronics. It’s some comedy when keeping authentic vibe alive. It’s here. It’s a journey through Afro-pop to Nu-Disco, to saving Benga music. It’s a neutral moment. Without borders yaani bila mipaka in Swahili”.
He is the man behind the WIBO Culture movement – an experimental, self-evolving art initiative that envisions an open and connected global community through culture and the creative arts. In music, Tendwa is a DJ, producer and remixer who brings an Afrolectic aesthetic to his works. His choice of music can be described as full of afrogoodness blended with a layer of percussive sounds from the diversity of African instrumentation. His selection often ranges from Afrohouse to Afrofunk, Afropop, Afrojazz, Afrosoul, and Afrobeat, and whatever other experimental music formats that appeal to his style.

In 2015, his performances have seen him tour Arusha, Jinja, Kampala, Dar Es Salaam and Amsterdam, in addition to headlining the EABL Shekereka Tafrija promotion launch in Nairobi. He has shared stage with German Dj Duo Schlachthofbronx and the Jimmy Hendrix of Kora, Sekou Kouyate from Guinea at Up Life IV. He is the creative director and resident DJ for Afrofusion Tuesdays @ Havana, Santuri Society Sessions @ The Bus and Rooftop Sundowner @ PAWA 254, Nairobi.

Come meet the Legend FOR FREE on Saturday December 26th at Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers.

December 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Rub a Dub Ft. Live Bands and DJ’s, Dec. 12 2015 @ Distant Relatives – Kilifi

Rub a Dub Kilifi
Bad Mambo is back on 12th December, presenting the Coast’s first ever Rub-a-Dub session! Join us for sea, sand, stars and some very heavy bass, dub and reggae vibes.

Featuring: MC Lavosti (Ukoo Flani), DJ Heartical, Kadhalika (Ondi, Ronjey and Wairimu), DJ Lasta (Kaya Kollective), Binti Afrika and DJ SkaFace
Date: December 12, 2015
Venue: Distant Relatives, Kilifi

Entrance Fee: 500/-

December 9, 2015 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Jazz and Rhumba with Mackinlay & Band, Oct. 2 2015 @ Distant Relatives – Kilifi

Jazz and Rhumba
Date: October 2, 2015
Venue: Distant Relatives, Kilifi
Time: 6 pm – 12 am
Tickets: KES 1,000

In support of the Rotary Club of Kilifi Educational Fund

September 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm 1 comment

Out of Town: Barrel Bottom Scrapers are Back one More Time (Feat DJ Nasty), Jul. 17 2015 @ Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers in Kilifi

Dance Soireel
Date and Time: Friday 17th July, 6 pm
Venue: Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers
Admission Costs: FREE
Contact Number, Email and Website: 07 708 851 64 ||

Event Description
Kicking off with a Dance show of Kivukoni School, Fire Dancing and Hoola Hooping, the Jazz Band Barrel Bottom Scrapers with mackinlay are back one last time to Rock the house as one of their members is leaving Kenya! DJ Nasty will take over to make sure the dancefloor keeps tapping!

Link to Facebook Event

July 13, 2015 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Kenya Nights NYE 2014 Party! Dec. 31 2013 @ Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers – Kilifi

An Intimate NYE for a network of likeminded individuals with the electronic sounds of;


Date: December 31, 2013
Venue: Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers – Kilifi
Time: 6 pm – 9 am
Tickets: Advance Tickets: Kshs 4,000 & Gate Tickets: Kshs 6,000

The year is over and there’s a very positive vibe in the air that suggests party time is here. There is no time like the present, and with the first proper event of the Festive Season already done and dusted, the fantastic folk at Kenya Nights are ready to pump up the volume once again. They would firstly like to say a personal huge thank you to all that made it for the 4th Anniversary party, a truly epic celebration. As celebrations go, every year has it’s good ones and it’s not so good ones, but at the end of it all, each year must have its ultimate celebration.

On the day we all reflect on the year gone by and anticipate the year to come, there will be a very special event sending vibrations down the Kenyan coastline, a first of its kind.

Kenya Nights is teaming up with the funky folk down at Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge & Backpackers in Kilifi to put together an intimate gathering of party people for the final countdown of 2013. As the first Kenya nights NYE party, expect it to be a very groovy and laid back kind of gig, with quality tunes, in a top quality setting, amongst all the beautiful faces that have come to know and love throughout 2013. Kenya Nights NYE 2014 is here!

There is a no nonsense Music Policy, and the music is answer this time round, with performances from some of Kenya’s top Electronic DJs dropping the top tracks from their sets this year and years gone by. Strictly electronic. An endless assortment of Techno, Minimal, Tribal, Indie, Tech House, and Electro will be pumping through the soundsystem to your heart’s content as those feet stomp all night on the lush sand, in that cooling sea breeze.

Be sure to join us for the last night of the year, and be sure to keep your eyes on this page for more details. Performers to be announced in due course.

There will be a limited run of tickets available for this event as the emphasis will be on quality and not quantity, so be sure to grab your tickets as soon as they go out!

Strictly 21+

Management Reserves The Right To Admission

December 16, 2013 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Spotlight on Kenyan Music: Focus on the Coast, Sept. 20 2013 @ Alliance Francaise Gardens

Spotlight on Kenyan Music
Date: September 20, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise Gardens
Time: from 7 pm
Entrance: Free

Performances by: Luworo Cultural Group from Taveta, Basuba Boni Group from Lamu, Nyerere wa Konde from Kilifi and Chakacha Musician Bado from Mombasa accompanied by Afro Simba Band

September 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Maia Von Lekow Unplugged, Aug. 16 2013 @ Vipingo Ridge – Kilifi

New Picture
Experience Kenya’s dynamic music scene while enjoying the luxury of Vipingo Ridge*

Date: August 16, 2013
Venue: the ClubHouse Rooftop, Vipingo Ridge
Time: 6.30 pm
Tickets: Kshs 1,500
Reservations: 0733 155 155

Performance by Maia Von Lekow

* Vipingo Ridge is one of the most beautiful, scenic and tranquil location on the Kenyan Coast. It houses the five-star private residential golfing destination built to feature in international golfing circuits.

August 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

Public Concerts & Workshops, May 2013 @ Various Venues

The Kenya Conservatoire of Music is pleased to invite you to a series of workshops and concerts hosted by Singers of United Lands which is a unique quartet of four professional young adult singers each from a different country/continent!

Details of public concerts and workshops;

Sunday 28th April at 3pm – Braeburn Theatre, Gitanga Road
Wednesday 1st May at 4pm – The Kenya Conservatoire of Music, Ballet Studio
Saturday 11th May at 6:30pm – Distant Relatives, Kilifi
Thursday 16th May at 6:30pm – The National Museums of Kenya, Louis Leakey Auditorium

Wednesday May 1st 2013 at 2pm at the Kenya Conservatoire of Music Ballet Studio
Monday 22nd April 2013 through Thursday 16th May 2013 at several venues across the country.

Contact: E. Kirima Programmes Coordinator on 0720 96 22 88 / 0737 22 79 03

Please visit for more details

May 1, 2013 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

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