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Angolan artist Waldermar Bastos Live in Nairobi, Feb. 19 2014 @ the Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum
Waldemar Bastos was born near the border with Zaire in N’Banza Congo, a little town which was the first capital city of the ancient kingdom of Angola. He started singing at a very early age. “One day, my father arrived home and found me playing his concertina. In the following Christmas he gave me an accordion as a gift…” From then on, a young Waldemar dedicated his heart and soul to music. Since money was scarce, the little kid chose music lessons over the possibility of getting a bicycle. “For many years, since I was a kid, I was in various bands, and travelled throughout Angola playing all kinds of music: pop, rock, blues, tangos, waltzes. My music is defined by my own life experiences, praise for Angolan identity, and a call for universal brotherhood. It is gratifying for me to hear critics say, as it recently happened in the USA, that my music is universal. That it is not a regional music, but instead for people everywhere.”
In the meantime, Angola won its independence and followed the long socialist road. Bastos went to Portugal and later to Berlin and from there to Brazil, where he became acquainted with some well known musicians, such as Chico Buarque, João do Vale, Elba Ramalho, Djavan and Clara Nunes who had been in Angola in the late seventies. Waldemar finds EMI-Odeon, and records his first album, “Estamos Juntos”. He recorded his second album, the highly praised “Angola Minha Namorada”, five years later. In 1990 he visited Angola, and did a concert in front of 200.00 people in Luanda. While travelling through Lisbon, David Byrne, the mastermind of Luaka Bop record label, and ex-leader of the “Talking Heads”, bought, by chance, a record of the Angolan singer in a downtown Lisbon shop.
Soon after that Waldemar would be featured in the album “Afropea – Telling Stories to the Sea”, an anthology of Lusophone artists issued by Luaka Bop. Afterwards there was “Pretaluz/Blacklight”, recorded in NYC, produced by Arto Lindsay, and issued by Luaka Bop. The New York Times described it as “one of the best World music records of the decade”.
In the aftermath of “Pretaluz/Blacklight”, Waldemar won the “Award for the Emerging Artist of the Year (1999)”. In 1998, Waldemar was discovered by the European audience and media. After his successful tours in Europe as the opening act at the UNESCO Festival “Don’t forget Africa“ in June 2000 in the Canary Islands. Later in the year he was invited by Mr. Ruichi Sakamoto to take part in the “Zero-Landmine” project in cooperation with international artists like Arto Lindsay, Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Jacques Morelenbaum.
Bastos is included in Tom Moon’s legendary book “1000 recordings to hear before you die”, and three of his compositions were featured in the Hollywood movie The Sweepers . He received several invitations by Prince Ernst August von Hanover and Princess Caroline von Hanover in the course of which he also gave a private concert for Rainier III. Another highlight was the “Bal de Roses” in Monaco in 2004.
Classics of my Soul, is his latest production, recorded in Los Angeles and London, produced by Derek Nakamoto and it features his light hearted music full of optimism and joy.
You can find out more about this legendary Angolan artist on his website
This concert has been made possible through the support of Nairobi Java House, Hotel Emerald in Westlands, and the Lusophone Film Fest Nairobi.
Talk by Jim Nyamu: Conserving African Elephants Through Walking & Talking, Feb. 1 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium
Are you a conservation enthusiast? Do you love elephants? Does ivory poaching worry you?
Join Kenya Museum Society for an interactive, informative and what should be a captivating talk by Jim Nyamu
Date: Saturday, 1 February 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: Refreshments 3.15pm Starts 4:00 pm
Donation: Ksh 400 KMS Member, Ksh 500 Guest, Ksh 200 Citizen & Student
Jim, is the founder and director of Elephant Neighbours Center (ENC), an NGO that aims to promote peaceful co-existence between elephants and communities, with a mission to protect African elephants and secure their landscape outside protected areas.
Jim has an amazing passion for what he does, peppered with vast experience in elephant conservation as a research scientist and elephant specialist.
We hope that his experience and findings on poaching and the illegal ivory trade and their adverse effects on wildlife will leave you wanting to join in this worthy cause of saving the largest land mammals on earth.
Jim will also launch his 2014 campaign plan on the ‘Ivory Belongs to Elephants’ walks.
Exhibition: FREEDOM – 6 artists celebrate artistic freedom with Kenya at 50, Dec. 8 2013 – Jan. 31 2014 @ Nairobi National Museum
Dates: December 8, 2013 – January 31, 2014
Venue: Ecology Gallery, Nairobi National Museum
Time: Daily 8.30am to 5.30pm
Normal rates apply
Exhibiting Artists: El Tayeb Dawelbait, Camille Wekesa, Sane Wadu, Justus Kyalo, Chelenge Van Rampelberg, Peterson Kamwathi
In celebration of Kenya at 50 years, six artists explore what freedom means to them both as artists as well as Kenyans in an economically emerging continent. The artists express the concept of freedom using a multitude of media with minimal constraints or parameters producing a body of work that provokes us to think of what freedom means to us as Kenyans 50 years after Independence.
Raffle prize art work by Dinesh Revankar
Funds raised will go towards supporting the restoration and conservation of the National Museums of Kenya Permanent Art Collection
Celebrating Kenya @ 50 years: Art Exhibition by Edward Njenga & Leonard Kateete, Until Dec. 31 2013 @ National Museum
The Nairobi National Museum is curating two art exhibitions in celebration of Kenya’s 50th Anniversary. The show is part of a series of anniversary events and exhibitions taking place in the National Museums of Kenya throughout the year.
Opening: July 30, 2013
Venue: National Museum
Time: 5 pm
Guest of Honour: Hon. Dr Hassan Wario, Cabinet Secretary, Sports Culture & the Arts
Exhibition Dates: Until December 31, 2013
Showcasing: Edward Njenga A Son’s Dedication (1962 – 2013 ceramics) and Leonard Kateete Humanity through My Eyes portraits of the traditional African Family
Celebrating Kenya @50 with art
‘A son’s Dedication’ by 91 year old Kenyan ceramist Edward Njenga is an outstanding display of miniature human forms depicting events in Kenya’s history from 1962 to current. Njenga’s ceramics are modelled around the themes of history, health, education, family and relationships, religion, recreation, sports, sustenance, communication, technology and everything human.
The focus on Ugandan artist Leonard Kateete is his almost life-size oil paintings of African communities, commissioned and owned by Nation Media Group and loaned to the Nairobi National Museum for exhibition.
Art has no boundaries; Kateete who resides in Nairobi is responsible for several magnificent murals and sculpture installations in Kenya. An original print of Tears of Freedom (1990); an expressive portrait of Nelson Mandela in oils that is a collection on display at the Mandela Museum SA, will also be on show. Humanity through My Eyes is no doubt a magnificent contribution to the preservation and presentation of the physical history of the African people through art.
The two artists will exhibit in the Cultural Dynamism Gallery and the Ecology Gallery respectively for 6 months.
The Nairobi National Museum is home to some of the most celebrated heritage collections of Kenya and the East African region.
These two exhibitions aim to serve as a major attraction and a useful source of information on Kenya’s history, art and culture.
Exhibition: Celebrations of Kenya at 50 – A Son’s Dedication, Jul. 30 –Dec. 31 2013 @ National Museum
Exhibition: 1962 – 2013 A Son’s Dedication a Celebration of Kenya@50. Exhibition by: Edward Njenga & Leonard Kateete
Dates: July 30 – December 31, 2013
Venue: Cultural Dynamism Gallery & Ecology Gallery, Nairobi National Museum
Entry: Museums Rates Apply
The exhibition will be opened by the British High Commissioner, Dr Chris Turner.
The winners will be awarded three prizes of Kshs 55,000 each. One Winning Artist will win a trip to London, and one Kenyan state school will win Kshs 100,000 worth of art materials. The Prizes are supported by the Rivers Foundation.
The exhibition will continue until 10 July 2013
It travels to the internationally acclaimed Saatchi Gallery in London from 14 September to 7 October 2013
Exhibition Dates: May 12 – June 23, 2013
Entry: Museum Entry Fee applies
Mwangalio Tofauti II is a Photographic Exhibition by Kenyan Photographers who take an Artistic Social Documentary Approach.
Participating artists: Alex Kamweru, Amirah Tajdin, Julian Njoroge, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Paul Munene and Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann.
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Date: April 18, 2013
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Free entrance by prior registration only. Register here
Nuruddin is winner of the Neustadt International Prize for literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. His body of work includes two trilogies, Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship (1980) and Blood in the Sun (1986). His most recent novel, Crossbones, was published in 2011.
Nuruddin will be in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina, the Founding Editor of Kwani Trust and author of the acclaimed memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place.
Moses Nyawanda is a painter who works in series says, “Most of my pieces are urban-based and so I call them “The Urban Survival Syndrome.” to justify my characters’ need to possess extraordinary instincts in order to survive in this “Man Eat Man society” we find ourselves involuntarily into. I also try to pre-empt the notion that extraordinary people cannot do ordinary tasks. Often, this is called humility.
The political subjects wear animal faces, Nyawanda’s way of depicting greed. He calls the moments “The Gray Areas” because the compositions are always hinged between an incident which has happened and one about to happen.
Nyawanda, considers this to be the defining moment where the characters get to make a choice whether to go on to the next stage or not. Ultimately though, it is upon the viewer, to visualize what happens before and after the painting is done.
The exhibition also features sculptures by Michael Dete.
[competition ended] Win tickets for Sidi Goma’s concert, Sep 24 2012 @ National Museum / Samosa Festival
We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away for the invite-only second Sidi Goma’s exciting concert on Monday September 24th at Nairobi National Museum – at 8pm, as part of the ongoing Samosa Festival.
Each winner will get two tickets. Who would like to go?
Just leave your name and email and we will award the two funniest comments. All participants agree to be subscribed to our weekly newsletter.
Submit your entry by 1pm
12 noon on Monday September 24 – good luck!