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.

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