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

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

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

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

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.

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

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival showcasing Kenya’s Folk Life, Jun. 25-29 & Jul. 2-9 2014 in Washington DC

Kenya Mambo Poa
Theme: Kenya Mambo Poa

Dates: June 25-29 & July 2-9 2014
Location: Washington DC

A wide array of indigenous Kenyan cultural practices will be on display accompanied by exhibition curated by Kenyan artists from all walks of life.


For more info visit

Also check out the festival’s Facebook Page

A partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the Government of Kenya Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts.

June 16, 2014 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

Party with the Stars! at Storymoja HayFestival Launch Party, Sept. 19 2013 @ National Museum

Party with the Stars
Date: September 19, 2013
Venue: National Museum of Kenya
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 5000 [includes season pass]
Call: 0724 913 364

June Gachui brings you the acclaimed Motown in Nairobi with Denise Gordon [USA] and Different Faces Band

All that Jazz at Storymoja…

September 16, 2013 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

Jazz Under the Stars ft. Phil Denny, Aug. 31 2013 @ Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club

Jazz Under The Stars Aug 2013 Flyer Final
Date: Saturday, August 31st 2013
Venue: Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club
Time: 6 – 11pm
Tickets: Ksh 3,000 | VIP Ksh 5,000 (Includes a welcome Chivas cocktail)
Contacts: 0723 815 913 or 0726 677 715

This year’s line-up includes: Phil Denny – USA (Main Feature), Aaron Rimbui and the Quartet – Kenya, Brian Mugenyi – Uganda and The National Youth Orchestra – Kenya

MC: June Gachui

This year’s CSR initiative is the National Youth Orchestra.

Phil in a past Concert!

Donations will be accepted during the event to support this organization that aims to change youth’s lives through music. There will also be great raffle prizes to be won in support of the National Youth Orchestra.

August 21, 2013 at 11:03 am 1 comment

For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, Aug. 16 2013 @ MJCentre

For Colored Girls
For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf – a choreopoem by Ntozake Shange produced by the art canvas

The production is moving to the Michael Joseph Centre on the 16th of August after a successful run at the Phoenix Theatre. Tickets go for Ksh 1000 only and can be gotten from VIVO, at the Junction (Ground Floor, near The Art Caffe) Bookstop, at Yaya Centre (Second Floor) or via M-PESA 0707 305365. Get your ticket today

Date: August 16, 2013 [One Night Only]
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom house
Time: 7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 1000
Contacts/Reservations: 0708 287 106/ 0707 305 365


Young, gifted, black and female. – Review in The EastAfrican by Anne Manyara

August 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Uirapuru by Iván Navarro & Courtney Smith, Jul. 12-26 2013 @ Goethe-Institut

Flash Light Stills

Flash Light Stills

Exhibition Opening Friday 12th July 2013, 7.00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium

Exhibition Dates: July 15–26, 2013 [Monday-Friday]
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Entry: Free

The well-known Chilenian artist Iván Navarro and his wife, the French born artist Courtney Smith exhibit for the first time in Nairobi.

Though both artists work primarily in sculpture they also use video as a way of tracing the trajectories that are implied in the objects that they create. Uirapuru presents a series of short videos on a continuous loop that represent their collaborative work.

For the exhibition Uirapuru Iván Navarro and Courtney Smith will be presenting a series of short videos on a continuous loop. Both artists work primarily in sculpture but also use video as a way of tracing the trajectories that are implied in the objects that they create. Though the two artists work mainly independently, they periodically come together. Their collaborations are ongoing, ranging from pointed interventions in each other’s work to explicit hybrids, with their two languages intertwined and their two bodies of work physically imposed on one another.
For Uirapuru they will present five short videos that refer to the trajectories and circuits of anonymous characters moving through urban space.

Courtney Smith is known for her furniture-based sculpture and her investigation into the physical and psychological construction of interior spaces through the deconstruction of the elements that inhabit them.

Iván Navarro is widely recognized for his innovative work addressing the complex implications of transformation and transference of electrical energy through his ingeniously crafted luminous sculpture. Both artists are based in Brooklyn.

July 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

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