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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

Seminar: Political Accidents & Unfinished Death in Zimbabwe by Joost Fontein, Jan. 13 2017 @ BIEA

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Date: January 13, 2017
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa Nairobi
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

http://www.biea.ac.uk/event/political-accidents-and-unfinished-death-in-zimbabwe/

January 7, 2017 at 6:35 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

Out of Town/Concert: Oliver Mtukudzi in Kisumu ft. Suzanna Owiyo, Sept. 17 2016 @ Acacia Premier Hotel – Kisumu

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Date: September 17, 2016
Venue: Acacia Premier Hotel, Kisumu
Time: 8 pm
Tickets: KES 3,000

September 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Public Discussion With Raphael Chikukwa, Jul.15 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium

Public Talk with Raphael
Date: July 15, 2016
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

About
Raphael was born in Zimbabwe and has worked mainly as an independent curator for more than ten years before joining the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 2010 as its Chief Curator. He is the founding curator of the 1st Zimbabwe Pavilion in 2011 and also curated the Zimbabwe Pavilion 2013 and 2015 at the Venice Biennale. Raphael was awarded the 2006 – 2007 Chevening Scholar and now holds an MA Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University London.Raphael will give a talk on his work and experiences.

July 11, 2016 at 5:04 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

BIEA Seminar: Rain, Power, Sovereignty & The Materiality Of Signs In Southern Zimbabwe, Apr. 16 2014 @ BIEA / IFRA

Rain, Power, Sovereignty and The Materiality Of Signs In Southern Zimbabwe

Date: Wednesday 16th April 2014
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi
Time: 11.00 am
Entry: Prior RSVP. For more information please contact seminars@biea.ac.uk or call +254 735 260 004

Seminar by: Joost Fontein, University of Edinburgh
Chair: Sinoxolo Neo Musangi, British Institute in Eastern Africa

Abstract
In 2010 a government meteorologist revealed that for much of the last decade, the Zimbabwean weather forecast had been censored on a daily basis by agents of the President’s Office. ‘This information’ he said ‘was seen as sensitive’. What this ‘sensitivity’ amounts to is the subject of this paper. It is hard to make sense of the government’s impulse to censor the weather forecast in the 2000s without reference to the localized re-configurations of authority over land and ‘re-making’ of the state that fast track land reform provoked. To the extent that fast track offered new opportunities for the realization of a diversity of localised aspirations and imagined futures that turned on access to land and fertile soils in divergent ways, the recurrent droughts and failing harvests of the early 2000s were politically significant because they called into question the legitimacy of land reform, and the broader ‘thirdchimurenga’ project constituted around it. But across Zimbabwe, and the region, rainfall and drought have long been measures of contested political legitimacy in more complex ways not limited to the politics of food, famine and agricultural production. In southern Zimbabwe, this is true not just for spirit mediums, chiefs and other ‘traditionalist’ authorities for whom rainmaking practices are well-established means of demonstrating ‘autochthony’, sovereignty and legitimacy, but also for war veterans, new farmers, government technocrats and others involved in land reform during the 2000s. This is what I examine here. Whilst I focus particularly on rainmaking practices, encounters with njuzu water spirits, and national biras that took place in the 2005-6 when research was carried out, the larger point I pursue is that water acts as an index of power – of the entangled but contested play of legitimacy and sovereignty – across many different registers of meaning and regimes of rule. In making this argument I engage with Keane (2003; 2005) and Engelke’s elaboration of Peirce’s theory of signs (1955), and build upon others (James 1972; Jedrej 1992) who have long argued that rainmaking ‘traditions’ across eastern, central and southern Africa are less a form of applied meteorology and more an idiom of politics and power, in order to argue that they are necessarily both at the same time.

April 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

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