Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kwani? Open Mic September 2014 Edition

Featured Poet: Sugu Vudu MC: Cindy Ogana Date: 2nd September 2014 Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm Venue: Mama Ngina Street, IMAX Cinema, Arfa Lounge Entry: 400 Ksh at the gate. Advance tickets only via Mpesa at ksh300: Simply select "Buy Goods" on your MPesa menu, enter the "Till Number" (56714) and follow instructions to complete transaction Sugu Vudu, real name Alphonce Rama, was born in the late 1980s in Kibera slum in Karanja neighborhood. He lost his father at age of 7, leaving his poor mother with no choice but to raise him and his older brother as a single mother, they later moved to 42, another village within Kibera slum, where he was influenced by a friend to join hip hop music in 2004, but did not write his own music until early 2006 when he joined a group of different artist from the slum called Ghetto Wasaani. He then started performing in different events hosted within the slums, such as Goodnight Kibera and other road shows. In 2009 he moved to Satellite, a neighborhood in Dagoretti, where he represented Satellite at the Dunda Mtaani Festivals. He went on hiatus for one year while working for a volunteer firm called Marafiki Community International where he was drawn into spoken word poetry by his boss Izzo Slim Brother after watching Izzo at Slum Africa Poetry competition hosted in Das Ethiopian Restaurant in . Sugu Vudu is now an actor, rapper, writer and performing poet. He has written and performed spoken word poetry in community events, schools and Kwani? Open Mic. He recently became a 2nd runners up at the Kwani? Open Mic poetry competition themed Black August. To capture his audience’s attention and emotions, he uses stories and experiences in his poetry pieces to teach, rebuke and correct. Some of the themes he deals with include, Gender Based Violence (GBV), revolution, human rights, drugs and politics. Sugu Vudu is also the founder of Klassick Poet’s Movement, founded in 2013 with the aim of bringing together different poetic talents from different slums in Kenya to advocate for human right and also to create a network of slum artists.

Exhibition: Africa by Art Odhis, Aug. 1-31 2014 @ Temporary Exhibition Hall – National Museum

CATCH IT BEFORE IT ENDS! Fifty Years. Half a decade. The age of a country on the road of sovereignty, self-governance and gaining her voice in the global world. Has it been too long? Is she still too young? Either way, it has been an exciting journey to the emerging country that she is today. Come take a walk through her history, appreciate the turning points. A transforming experience by means of visual art. The dominating expressionist style by the artist makes you feel the struggles, triumphs and resilience of the country, the continent and its people. Arthur Patrick Odhiambo takes a look into the African shapers of the past fifty years. The exhibition of the legends of years past and present are pieces that allow you to feel the soul of the African people. The artist captures Africa’s cultural diversity and brilliantly marries it to contemporary visuals of the new age African. Bring your whole self in, bring your children in, bring your family and friends and experience Africa at the National Museums of Kenya, Creativity Gallery Hall. Happy Anniversary Kenya! Viva Africa! Be happy, Be bold.

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Ticket Information for THE STORY MOJA FESTIVAL

Day tickets Ksh 1000/. Includes one free master class if bought before 10th Sept. Season tickets – Ksh 1500/. Includes one free master class if bought before 10th Sept. Masterclass Ksh 500/. (Payment via Mpesa Buy Goods Number on Registration Pages) Premium Season ticket Ksh 6000. Includes access toGala Night + all events except evening theatre shows. Keys to Fest tickets Ksh 7500/. Includes access to all festival events.

2014 Storymoja Festival Events Programme

2014 Storymoja Festival Events Programme img Come, let us once again together Imagine the World! The Storymoja Festival is by no means ‘just another festival’. Since its inauguration in 2007 the Festival has grown into an internationally established world class eventthat brings together and celebrates critical thinkers and great minds in storytelling, ideas sharing, writing and contemporary culture. It offers a platform for exposure, for local and international collaborations, and showcases creative talent to feed the minds of both young and old across cultural and social divides. Once again renowned Kenyan and international narrators, writers, poets and creative artist will be in attendance at the Festival. All will be gathered to together imagine a world, and beyond that, create a space that, through critical expression and interaction, will not only tell our every story, but also challenge us to strive toward improving our world; toward a world that does not allow for such events as the siege that happened on the 21 September 2013 at the Westgate Mall, Nairobi. Tragically, it resulted in the death of, among others, Professor Kofi Awoonor, one of Africa’s great voices and poets. The Professor was at that time a guest of the Storymoja Festival 2013. In honour of his memory and others who lost their lives in that terrorist attack, there will be several special tribute events on the 2014 programme. So be part of the global community that is the Storymoja Festival! Endorse and support a highly commendable and creative process. You will be investing in our cultural economy, a critical pillar for development that is integral as we move into the knowledge-led 21st century. To our existing sponsors, partners and supporters, a big THANK YOU for the continued belief in us! Without you the festival would not be what it has become. Asante! Auma Obama, Festival Patron 2014

Pearls; Wole Soyinka style.

My writing grows more and more pre-occupied with the theme of the oppressive boot, the irrelevance of the colour of the foot that wears it, and the struggle for individuality. I went to government school Ibadan, after that I spent a couple of years in the University College Ibadan. I think that my prime duty as a playwright is to provide excellent theatre. One of the most humbling discoveries any African can make is just the fact that he can actually interpret the greed and, you know, the general evil of -what you call the European world in the faces of his own personal and intimate companions. I found that the Trials of Brother Jero and The Lion and The Jewel were in fact quite frankly, like most comedy in the theatre, the most difficult things to write. I think why Telephone Conversation - which seems to be the favourite of anthologies, quotations everywhere- which is why it appeals to most people is that it really implies, it has the undercurrent of very strong feeling, but one which overcomes this and tries to see the humorous side of it. When I write, I write in the absolute confidence that it must have an audience; but production is a different thing. I will adapt, I will alter my play in production for that particular audience I am working for. I have to take this into consideration. You will find that where there has been any constructive and realistic resistance (
against dictatorship) it has come from the younger generation.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Wednesday, 27 August 2014: In partnership with the Department of Literature, University of Nairobi

Literary Colloquium: Cosmopolitanism in Kenya At 50 Venue: Department of Literature, University of Nairobi (by invitation only)
We are inviting conversations that cut across ethnic, racial, regional, religious, cultural, personal, communal and oceanic differences and similarities. We wish to provoke discussions on how Kenyans, here and in the diaspora; friends of Kenya; visitors; and any other interested persons can connect as humans across these divides, differences and similarities; and how to retain our humanity in the age of cultural erasure, market hegemony or even ethno-national jingoism. We hope that these reflections will contribute to the debate in Kenya on how to make the nation more inclusive and egalitarian beyond our 50th anniversary of independence. We intend to produce a special AwaaZ SAMOSA Souvenir to commemorate the colloquium and the Festival as a whole. Contact: editors@awaazmagazine.com samosa@awaazmagazine.com