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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

About
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

Opportunity for Musicians: OneBeat 2019 – Applications Open, Until Dec. 21 2018


Application Deadlines: November 19 – December 21, 2018 (5PM EST)
Note: Applicants will be notified by the end of March 2019

Age
Applicants must be between 19 and 35 year old during the program dates.

Eligible Countries & Territories
Albania, Algeria, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, China,Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe

Find more information on their website

December 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Concert: The SOIL (from South Africa) Live in Nairobi, Aug. 4 2018 @ J’s – Westlands


Date: August 4, 2018
Venue: J’s, Westlands
Time: Doors Open at 8 pm, Concert at 9 pm
Tickets: Door KES 2,000/- and Advance KES 1,500/-

About THE SOIL
Soweto born members of The Soil met in high school during music sessions as members of a group then known as Particles of the Soil. As years passed many members departed due to other engagements. Its was 2010, that the two brothers Luphindo and Nzinga Ngxanga vocalist Buhle Mda decided to record their first self titled album as a trio. By 2011 their album had gone platinum in South Africa. Their second album Nostalgic Moments was released digitally on iTunes on 15 September 2014. The album includes guest appearances by the Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo and multiple award-winning rapper Khuli Chana. This album also went platinum.

Previous appearances –
2016 Dec – Performed at The Sacred Festival in India
2016 June – Performed at Sakifo International Festival, Reunion Island
2016 February – Performed at Womad Festival, Santiago, Chile
2015 July – Performed at Womad Festival, UK
2015: June – BET awards 2015 nominee for Best International Act – Africa

July 30, 2018 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

Musical: Sarafina, Jul. 20-22 2018 @ the Kenya National Theatre


Dates: Jul. 20-22 2018
Venue: the Kenya National Theatre
Time: Listed on the Poster
Tickets: KES 1,500/- at the Gate and KES 1,200/- Advance

About
Award winning Kenyan Actresses Brenda Wairimu (Mali, Disconnect) and Makmzee Mwatela (Mali – NTV), stars in SARAFINA musical directed by Stuart Nash who is an artistic director at the Kenya National Theatre. The musical is set to take place in July 20th – 22nd.

The show is based on the original film written in 1992 which tells the story of a young black student struggling to fight apartheid in South Africa. The film is centered on students involved in the Soweto riots, opposing the use of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools.

Other co- stars are Patrick Oketch (Mother-In-Law), Hellen Mtawali (Tusker Project Fame) and Music star, Gilad.

July 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

23rd Edition of Koroga Festival ft. Blinky Bill, Harmonize and Big Nuz, Jul. 22 2018 @ Two Rivers – Nairobi


Date: July 22 2018
Venue: Two Rivers Mall Grounds, Nairobi
Time: from Mid day till late
Tickets: KES 2,000/- Advance and KES 2,500 last minute.

Pre-party on Saturday, July 21, 2018 ft. Kansoul & Tunji at the same venue.

July 19, 2018 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

World Music Day ft. BCUC – Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness – from Soweto, Binti & CBK Music, Jun. 21 2018 @ Alliance Francaise


Date: June 21, 2018
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: from 7 pm
Entry: Free

About
Headlining this year’s Fête de la Musique is the high energy seven-piece band, BCUC – Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness – from Soweto with their ‘Africangungungu’ musical style, hypnotic afro-psychedelic music.

Drawing inspiration from indigenous music that is not exposed in the mainstream, the group comes complete with the voices of their ancestors, mixed with funk, punk-rock vibrations, hip-hop and Fela inflections.

June 16, 2018 at 10:25 am 1 comment

Free Your Mind Concert ft. Kranuim, DJ Maphorisa – from South Africa, H_Art the Band, DJ Suraj et al, Apr. 6 2018 @ the Ballroom Nairobi – Museum Hill


Date: April 6, 2018
Venue: the Ballroom Nairobi, Museum Hill
Time: 6 pm – 6 am
Tickets: KES 1,500 regular, KES 4,000 VIP and KES 15,000 Platinum

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheBallroomNairobi/

April 3, 2018 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

Safaricom Jazz Festival: Celebrating 5 Years with BWB (Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun), the Betty Bears et al, Feb. 25 2018 @ Kasarani Stadium


Date: February 25, 2018
Venue: Training Grounds, Kasarani Stadium
Time: from 10 am (Gates Open), and Performances – 12 noon
Tickets: Adults KES 2,000/-, and Students (with ID) KES 500/-

Performances by: BWB (Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun) – USA, Joja Wendt – Germany, Gloria Bosman – South Africa, Lean – Belgium, the Betty Bears – Israel, Holly Madge & Emma-Jean Thackray – UK, Mambo Tribe – Kenya, Limericks – Kenya, Jimek – Poland, along with Ghetto Classics & Safaricom Youth Orchestra.

February 23, 2018 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town: Sauti za Busara Music Festival, Feb. 8-11 2018 @ Stonetown, Zanzibar – Tanzania


Dates: February 8-11, 2018
Venue: Stonetown, Zanzibar – Tanzania
Time: 5:00 pm to 1:30 am, daily

Tickets: Regular, International – $ 120, African United (holders of passports from African Countries) $ 60 and Tanzania Citizens $ 9.

Performances: Over 40 live acts including, Zakes Bantwini – South Africa, Kasai All Stars – DRC, Saida Karoli – Tanzania, Ribab Fusion – Morocco, and from Kenya; Makadem, Kidum & the Boda Boda Band and Maia & the Big Sky.

Download the festival programme, here: SzB2018 Fest Prog (pdf)

January 26, 2018 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Music x Culi ‘N’ Art x Fashion x Films x Installations: Africa Nouveau Festival – Afro Bubble Gum, Feb. 2-4 2018 @ Ngong Racecourse Waterfront


Dates: February 2-4, 2018 (2 days, 2 nights)
Venue: Ngong Racecourse Waterfront
Tickets* : Festival Pass KES 3,500/- and Daily Pass KES 1,800/-

Music Performances: Kwesta – South Africa, Muthoni Drummer Queen – Kenya, Blinky Bill – Kenya, Makadem – Kenya, Suraj – Kenya, Cortega – Switzerland/Senegal et al

* NairobiNow and African Nouveau Festival have partnered up to offer limited festival pass tickets for KES 2,500/-. When buying your tickets (here) use ‘NairobiNow‘ – one word – promo code and get yourself a festival pass for a bargain!

Africa Nouveau Festival – Afro Bubble Gum

Music x Culi ‘N’ Art x Fashion x Films x Installations X Food x Fashion Market x Live Lookbook x VR x Film stage.

For more information, visit – http://africanouveau.com/

January 19, 2018 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Blankets and Wine Nairobi Festival, Dec. 10 2017 @ Uhuru Gardens


Date: December 10, 2017
Venue: Uhuru Gardens
Time: 12 – 10 pm
Tickets: advanced tickets – KES 3000, and door tickets – KES 3500
Advance tickets available here

Performances by: Shekhinah – South Africa, Maia and the Big Sky – Kenya, Niniola – Nigeria, Beraccah – Kenya and Odinareh Bingwa – Kenya

December 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

Thursday Nite Live w/ Pilani Bubu (from South Africa), Jun. 29 2017 @ J’s – Westlands


Date: June 29, 2017
Venue: J’s, Westlands
Time: 8-11 pm
No Cover Charge

June 23, 2017 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

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 3 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

Classic Movie Screening: Out of Africa, Nov. 12 2016 @ Serena Hotel Nairobi

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Date: November 12, 2016
Venue: Serena Hotel Nairobi
Time: 7 pm
Entry: KES 1,500

Dress up: Early aviation/Out of Africa

About
Nairobi Serena is hosting a screening of the movie “Out of Africa”.

The screening of the movie is part of a bigger campaign that aims to popularize the Vintage Air Rally. The Air Rally is an adventure of a lifetime that will see pilots from 11 countries fly vintage planes (used in the 1920-30’s during the first world war) from Crepe in Greece to Cape in South Africa.

The planes will stop in various countries including Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Zambia and South Africa.

November 10, 2016 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Photo Exhibition: Peregrinate, Sept. 8 – 30 2016 @ Goethe Institut

Peregrinate Exhibition
Opening: September 8, 2016
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Time: 7 pm
Entry: Free

Until: September 30, 2016

Photo Exhibition by: South Africans Thabiso Sekgala and Musa Nxumalo, and Kenyan Mimi Cherono Ng’ok.

About
Traversing Soweto streets, backyards in Nairobi, dusty Jordanian alleys, Peregrinate invites viewers to consider the intimate politics of home and belonging, as well as the possibilities inherent in dislocation, or a lack of anchoring, and the routes one takes to find a way. Sub-titled ‘field notes on time travel and space’, the exhibition examines notions of spatial politics, the economics of time and travel, and the kinds of access granted to travellers.

The travels of three different wanderers are juxtaposed as temporal sculptures to chronicle the personal experience of journeying within the home, neighbourhood and country, as well as the act of departing for distant places.

Peregrinate features the work of three photographers: South Africans Thabiso Sekgala and Musa Nxumalo, and Kenyan Mimi Cherono Ng’ok. The exhibition explores the concept of photography as a common method of investigation, discovery and representation – an act of wandering undertaken by the photographer as traveller and explorer. Jointly curated by the featured photographers, this exhibition is the final stage for the three participants as part of the Goethe-Institut portfolio workshop, the Photographer’s Master Class.

The evening will be musically accompanied by Monroe Marcus, who will be playing a DJ set.

Admission is free.

September 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Thursday Nite Live ft. Pilani Bubu, May 26 2017 @ Choices – Baricho Road

TNL@C Pilani Bubu May 26th 2016
Date: May 26, 2017
Venue: Choices, Baricho Road
Time: 8-11 pm
No Cover Charge

May 17, 2016 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Safaricom Jazz Festival Ft. Branford Marsalis, Feb. 21 2016 @ Training Grounds – Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani

Safaricom Jazz Festival 2016 Kasarani
Dates: February 21, 2016
Venue: Training Grounds – Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani
Time: Doors Open at 10 am – Show starts at 12 noon
Tickets: Regular: KES 1,000/-

Performing Artists: Branford Marsalis, Jef Neve Trio, Afrosync, Maya Belsitzman & Matan Ephrat, Sons of Kemet, Edward Perseen & the Different Faces Band, Kunle Ayo and Siya Makuzeni

February 11, 2016 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Restaurant Week 2016, Jan. 28 – Feb. 7 2016 @ Participating Outlets

NRW 2016
Dates: January 28 – February 7, 2016
Venues: Participating Outlets
Costs: KES 1,500 – 2,500

About
Nairobi’s finest restaurants will be designing special 3 course menus for KES 1500 / KES 2500 depending on the establishment. 2 course lunch menus will also be on offer at most restaurants at Ksh 1000 / Ksh 1800.

This year’s menus will be specially paired with wines from Nederburg, South Africa.

For more information, visit www.nairobirestaurantweek.com

January 7, 2016 at 10:16 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

ARTLabAfrica at CTAF 2015, Feb. 25 – Mar. 1 2015 @ Booth B3 – Cape Town

ARTLabAfrica

ARTLabAfrica


Dates: February 25 – March 1 2015
Country/Venue: CAPE TOWN ART FAIR | BOOTH B3
Participating Artists: MERIKOKEB BERHANU, MIRIAM SYOWIA KYAMBI, JAMES MURIUKI and PAUL ONDITI

February 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

Lecture: Frantz Fanon at 90 – His Relevance to the Pan-African Vision Today, Jan. 8 2015 @ Pawa 254 Hub

To mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of Frantz Fanon, the Pan-African Baraza & ThoughtWorks have the pleasure of inviting you to a lecture by Professor Lewis Gordon, Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa, and Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, with affiliation in Judaic Studies, at the University of Connecticut, USA.

Lewis Gordon is author of many books, and is author of forthcoming title: What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought

Frantz Fanon at 90: His Relevance to the Pan-African Vision Today #fanonat90

Date: 8 January 2015
Venue: PAWA 254, 2nd Floor, Africa Alliance of YMCAs Building, State House Crescent, Nairobi
Time: 5.00 to 6.30pm

Find more information here

January 6, 2015 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

The Koroga Festival Feat. Simphiwe Dana – South Africa, Atemi and Amileena – Kenya, Nov. 9 2014 @ the Arboretum

Koroga Festival
Date: November 9, 2014
Venue: the Arboretum
Tickets: KES 2000 at the Gate

Performances by: Simphiwe Dana – South Africa and Atemi & Amileena -Kenya

November 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

Out of Town / Book Launch: True Citizen & London – Cape town – Joburg, Oct. 15 2014 @ The Little Art Gallery Kisumu

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The Little Art Gallery (KSM) brings to you, Zukiswa Wanner, the thrilling South African journalist and novelist, for the Launch and Book signing of her latest books …

* True Citizen
* London – Cape Town – Joburg

Date: October 15, 2014
Venue: The Little Art Gallery, Kisumu
Time: 6.00 pm

Zuki’s debut novel, The Madams, was shortlisted for the K. Sello Duiker Award in 2007. Her most recent novel, Men of the South, was shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers.

For more about Zuki, please visit : http://zukiswawanner.wordpress.com/

October 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

Sunday Salon New York City – Nairobi – Chicago, Jun. 29 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

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Date: Sunday, June 29 2014
Venue: Kwani Trust Office – Chiromo
Time: 3 pm
Entry: Free

Join Kwani? Trust for a special edition of Sunday Salon featuring writers from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Is it prize season, you ask? Yes it is!

Winner of Kwani Trust’s Manuscript Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Jennifer Makumbi, reads from her just-launched novel, Kintu, published by Kwani?

The Shortlisted Writers of the 2013 Etisalat Prize for Literature – Yewande Omotoso, author of Bom Boy, Karen Jennings, author of Finding Soutbek and the overall winner, NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names, read from their work.

Kwani? Trust sends off the two Kenyan writers shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014; Billy Kahora and Okwiri Oduor, with readings from their nominated stories ahead of the announcement of the overall winner in Oxford in July.

Live music by KIU

Find more info here

June 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm 2 comments

Party: St. Patrick’s Live feat. DJ Kid Capri & DJ Milkshake, Mar. 15 2014 @ Carnivore Grounds

Jameson at Carnivore
Jameson is bringing the Irish spirit to Nairobi and celebrating it with the biggest St Patrick’s Day party in the country. Flying in New York’s DJ Kid Capri and South Africa’s DJ Milkshake.

Local DJ act’s: DJ Andre and Madtraxx.

Date: March 15, 2014
Venue: Carnivore Grounds
Time: from 7 pm till 3 am
Tickets: Regular tickets Kshs 2500 and VIP Kshs 5000 . Tickets available in Nakumatt outlets: Mega, Junction, Prestige Plaza, Lifestyle, TRM and Village Market.

March 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm 1 comment

Exhibition: by Charles Sekano – South Africa, Dec. 14-29 2013 @ Red Hill Art Gallery

Dates: Until December 29, 2013
Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery
Location: between One off & Banana Hill Art Gallery

Exhibiting Artist: Charles Sekano – South Africa

Read Frank Whalley Review of this exhibition on the link below.

The man who loved all women. Daily Nation December 9, 2013

December 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Témoin/Witness, Dec. 13 2013 – Jan. 10 2014 @ Goethe Institut

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Opening Date: Friday, December 13 2013, 7 pm

Exhibition Dates: Monday to Friday, December 16-20 2013, January 2-10 2014,
Time: 1 to 6 pm
Entry: Free

Témoin/Witness is an exhibition initiated by the Goethe- Institut South Africa and curator Simon Njami; co-curated by Sammy Baloji and Monique Pelser. It showcases the works of photographers who were involved in a Photographers’ Portfolio Meeting over a span of three years. The aim was to present their work within the portfolio reviews to several curators to gain critical feedback. The photographers included Sammy Baloji (DRC), Calvin Dondo (Zimbabwe), Sabelo Mlangeni (South Africa), Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria), Monique Pelser (South Africa) and Michael Tsegaye (Ethiopia).

The exhibition speaks about the social issues, ever-changing past and present and inherited cultures across the African continent. It represents how this group of emerging photographers perform the role of onlookers, and actively survey their immedate environments. The works then become historical records and evidence reflecting the constantly shifting history, inherit cultures and social issues that span across the African continent.

About the Photographers

Sammy Baloji
Sammy Baloji, born 1978 in Lubumbashi, D.R.C, lives and works in Lubumbashi and Brussels, Belgium.

“My work questions the still existing traces of colonization in Congolese society. In this approach, it expresses a desire to inform and rewrite a story from the present. A present aware of his past and ready to assume the future. My photographic work is between documentary and fiction. In this sense I need a context (the environment) to create my own story. To do this, I did some research on topics or events of the past and even on the present. I’m using pictures archives or even sound archives to create a new statement.”

Calvin Dondo
Calvin Dondo, born 1963 in Harare, lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe.

“I believe our work as an artist is to open doors, shed light and give new possibilities to, first, our immediate environment, and then, the world at large. Our visual statements provoke and shift societies understanding of the world. Whatever work I do I feel I am responsible to everyone around me.”

Sabelo Mlangeni
Sabelo Mlangeni, born 1980 in Driefontein, lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“My work challenges a viewer, like in this body of work ‘Country Girls’. In our society we are taught that a man should present himself in a certain way, seeing a man in a dress shifts the way we think and are taught to think. It is political and confronts issues of homophobia.”

Abraham Oghobase
Abraham Oghobase, born 1979 in Lagos, lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

“The social, political and economic situation of society plays a pivotal role in my work. I am interested in using photography to explore the way people live and how they are affected by the different systems that exist, and how conditions evolve to meet or take advantage of certain needs. For example, with this series ‘Jam I’ explore how rural-urban drift, among other things, has led to inflated rents in Lagos and congested living spaces. My exploration of identity through self-portraiture in Nigeria and abroad, for example, is often a function of how I am perceived as a photographer, an artist, a black male, a Nigerian, and so on, which in turn is based on social and cultural points of view that have their roots in history.”

Monique Pelser
Monique Pelser, born 1976 in Johannesburg, lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

“I try to use the camera and developing photographic technology as a way of re-looking at my country, the land, people and the objects or traces which were left behind and have become a historical burden. I feel that my generation and those that follow have inherited a lot to process. I try to use photography as dissonance, as a way to re-look and represent and process this history.”

Michael Tsegaye
Michael Tsegaye, born 1975 in Addis Ababa, lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“In the past ten years, the city in which I live, Addis Ababa, and the rest of Ethiopia has gone through tremendous changes – both demographically as well as physically – with the construction of new buildings and the demolition of the old ones. The changes that modernity has brought about in the rural areas are also quite significant, as old cultural practices adopt certain aspects of new ones.”

December 11, 2013 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

Stand Up Comedy: Opa Williams’ Nite of a Thousand Laughs, Nov. 9 2013 @ Carnivore Grounds

Night of a Thousand Laughs
Date: November 9, 2013
Venue: Carnivore Grounds
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 2000

Acts: BasketMouth frm Nigeria, Nduliso from South Africa, Pablo from Uganda, Daliso from Malawi, Sleepy from, Chipukeezy and Ayeiya from Kenya with Music by Mercy Myra, Dela and DJ Frida

November 5, 2013 at 9:06 am 1 comment

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