A Kenyan Arts Diary – Your guide to all artistic Entertainment

~Rhythm & Spoken~

Poetry and Open mic
Friday 14th Dec, 07


Dass restaurant

Woodvale grove Westlands

Entry: 100

Starts: 8:30pm

Performances: 9:00pm-10:30pm

Neosoul and R’n’b after party

Bookings and slots call 0728-293632


Baraza Bazaar, December 1st, @ Lenana Forest Centre

Baraza Bazaar, the 1st of December from 10am to 5pm at the Lenana Forest Centre—Ngong Rd. Your affordable Christmas Fair!

Books, Gifts from Madagascar, Woven Mats & Baskets, Glass Engraving, Xmas Cakes & Puddings, knitting & Crafts, Hair Accessories, Silver / Gold Jewelry, A Variety of Christmas gifts, Indian Outfits * Flip Flops, Paintings * Art, Beads, Bangles & Baubles, Xmas Cards & Paper.

Dance Extravaganza 12am & 3pm, Belly, Indian & Arabic Fashion Show – 4pm

Live Music
Food Court
Beer Garden

* For the Kids *
Jumping Castles—Face Painting
Hair Braiding * Puppet Show
Father Christmas * Acrobatics
Pony Rides * Pool Table
Cartoons * Air Dancers

Dayo Forster, December 1st, @ Java House Junction

Join Kenya based author Dayo Forster at Java House, Junction from 12-3pm this Saturday 1st December for a book signing and meet-the-author event. Dayo will be signing and selling copies of her newly published novel ‘Reading the Ceiling’ the story of an 18 year old girl on the verge of womanhood – a tale of choice and consequence. Java House are celebrating worldwide recognition of a Gambian- but Kenyan based, author by promoting and selling copies of this book from 1st – 15th December: come to Java for a hot coffee and a cool read.

Kenya Bead Society Christmas Fair, December 1st, @ Braeside School

A Christmas craft fair organised by the Kenya Bead Society.

There will be 30+ exhibitors with a range of fantastic beaded Christmas gifts and crafts. A kids corner with lots of beading activities. Great raffle prizes and delicious refreshments! The craft fair will take place at Braeside School, Muthangari Road, Lavington from 10am to 4pm.

Mutinda and Asisi Concert, December 2nd, @ Goethe Institut

Mutinda and Asisi in Concert, featuring saut za kwetu

Sunday December 2 @ 4:00 pm
Goethe Institut
Monrovia Street

Tickets: 200/ksh
Students: 100/ksh

Musical Play “Masaka”, December 8th and 9th, @ Nairobi Cinema Auditorium

Better Pill Productions presents for the first time ever a Musical Play, “Mashaka” , to be shown on Sat 8th Dec at 4.30 pm and Sun 9th Dec at 3.30 pm at the Nairobi Cinema Auditorium.
gate: 300/-
advance tickets: 250
students: 200

The play “Mashaka” is the story of Mashaka, the beautiful young bride to the Chief’s son, Pendo. Not only is Pendo elegant, well bred, sophisticated and the heir to the throne of Nauchi, he is also a lover like Mashaka has never thought of or ever imagined she could ever have. She is literally set on fire with his “Love ever burning, never extinguished”. The chief’s daughter in law’s gaiety, naivety and innocence soon draws everyone to her as she is seen exchanging niceties with the village women at the Village Grinding floor- ‘the place where gossip is ground together with the grains.’

Her marital bliss is however short-lived as we see the Loud and boisterous Tabu and Pepeo welcome her to the ‘Grinding Floor’ that is the way of Love. She is thrown into a state of confusion as her ‘Love doctors’ show her the dread in Marriage- the wedlock that people are stuck up in as others try to get in! According to her new found confidants, ‘..love is pleasure; today you’re in love, tomorrow you’re not. The feeling dies and you’re in love with another man.’ The remedy- What you have is never enough, open your eyes and see the different colours in the sky. Mashaka soon finds herself in emotional turmoil as she is seen excessively enjoying the constant charms and enticement of Mtezi, the Village charmer from Kokwet.

Jua Kali exposed, December 6th-9th @ Village Market

JUA KALI EXPOSED – a process to progress exhibit of handmade products by jua kali artisans and design students at the Village Market from 6th to 9th December 10am – 5pm

Nuit Blance with DJ Zelalem, December 1st, @ Azalea

Nuit blanche. Feel Sexy. Strut Your Stuff at Azalea Restaurant in the YAYA area. A beautiful Party Hosted by dj Zelalem. Finally, a Fab new location.

Host: dj Zelalem & Azalea restaurant
Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 8:00pm- Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 4:00am
Azalea is in the YAYA center area. Wood Avenue, off Argwings Kodhek

Punda Milia Art Exhibition, November 23rd, @ Azalea Bar & Restaurant
Punda Milia
An Art Exhibition by Emma Hobson
Wine and Cheese Tasting from 6-8pm on November 23rd
All paintings will be for sale and on display until December 7th.

Azalea Bar & Restaurant
In Kilimani, on Komo lane, off Wood Avenue, near Yaya Centre
For dinner reservations or information, call 020 2111 992

Internal Imani, November 30th, @ ISK
Amplified Tongues presents….
Internal Imani: An island girl’s inner voyage through newschool poetry
Location: International School of Kenya Theatre
Date: November 30th
Time: 7:30pm
Price: 500/-
Tickets available at Numetro Stores: Junction & Village Market
For more information call: 0720-957-772

Poet’s Club, November 20th, @ NuMetro Cinemas
Theme: Everything Victorian
Date: November 20th
Venue: Nu Metro Cinemas
Time: 6 – 9pm

Please continue to send in your short poems for the poets pillar. The best dressed Victorian poet will get a mystery gift. Only 137 lucky poets shall grace this premier. Kindly send a confirmation email with your name and phone number to the address below.
Tel: 3865740
Email: poetsclub@nu-metro.com
Web: www.numetro.com

Master of the House, November 17-18th, @ Alliance
directed by Peter Mudamba
a Mbalamwezi Moodz Expressions production
supported by the Embassy of Israel and Amiran (K) Ltd
17, 18 Nov., 3 & 6pm
Alliance Française auditorium

We discover that a woman who gets remodelling into her head is a force of nature, a typhoon. Nava, decides to remodel the old apartment that she has bought from her husband Joel’s parents. Joel, seeks to keep the house ‘as it is’. What ensues is a struggle that seeks to establish just exactly who is the ‘Master of the House’.
Tickets: 300/-

Anamorro, The Cradle of Man, November 24th, @ Alliance
“ANAMORRO – The Cradle of Man”
Produced by The Prehistoric Club of the National Museums of Kenya
Performed by Mbalamwezi Moodz Expressions, directed by Peter Mudamba,
Supported by Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) and Institute of Performing Artists Ltd (IPAL).
Sat. 24 November @ 6.30pm
Alliance Française Gardens

This play utilizes contemporary dance movement, narration and percussive music to drive the message of hope home. It is a scientific fact that East Africa, in general, and Kenya in particular, is the Cradle of Mankind. This play is an artistic expression of scientific facts in a style that utilizes percussion music, song, narration, movements in dance choreography to carry it’s message of man’s origin home. The initial and recent findings of early man in Kenya make it apt for the play to be devised, crafted and to be presented here.

Tickets: 500/-

Photographic exhibition

“The Face of African Dignity”


Giulio D’Ercole

at the Italian Institute of Culture “Michelangelo Hall”

from 1st to 14th November 2007

(From 10am to 4.30pm – Closed on 8.11.07, weekends & public holidays)

Entrance free

Italian Institute of Culture

Grenadier Tower – 6th floor

Woodvale Grove – Westlands

(opposite Jacaranda Hotel)


Career Talks with Artists, October 26th, @ Go Down Arts
Careers talks with Visual Artists on 26th Oct
Music performers on 1st Nov and
Writers & Poets on 2nd Nov.
All starting at 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. Entrance free!!!
All activities take place at the GoDown Arts Centre

Celebrating Women Artists, October 25th, @ Go Down Arts
Art Exhibition featuring female artists: Tabitha wa Thuku, Geraldine Robarts, Chelenge Van Rampelberg, Maggie Otieno, Mary Ogembo, Rosemary Karuga among others.
Thursday 25th October 2007 @ 6.30pm. Opening of the Exhibition and the Festival
Entrance is Free!!!

Pool Garden Restaurant, Sarova Panafric, Nairobi, Kenya
Every Friday; 6-10pm
Makali Jazz Band performs

Mega Drum Concert: Authentic African Jazz, September 15th@ Alliance
Alliance Francaise, Nairobi, Kenya
September 15, 2007; 7pm
Mega Drum Concert: Authentic African Jazz
Kenya master drummers Edward Kabuye, Bruno Mbauku, George Mutunga, Komora Abdul Nassir and Bosco Otundo in an evening of drum music, song and dance.
Tickets Sh300 per person.

Painting with Beads: an art exhibition by Kibacia Gatu, September 13-23rd, @ Paa Ya Paa Arts Centre
Paa Ya Paa Arts Centre,Ridgeways Rd, Off Kiambu Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
September 13-23, 2007
Painting with Beads: an art exhibition by Kibacia Gatu
Celebrating ‘LIFE & FAITH’
Exhibition opened by Nobel Peace Laureate 2004, Prof Wangari Maathai, at 11.30 am on September 13, 2007

My Art Without Borders Art Exhibition,
September 12- October 2nd @ Banana Hill Arts Studio
Banana Hill Arts Studio & Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
September 12-October 2, 2007; 10 am-6pm daily
An art exhibition by Tabitha wa Thuku

‘Drum Beats from My soul’ 31st August at Alliance
Wakake & Solid Groove Unlimited presents:
Drum Beats from my Soul, Pre-Launch Concert with Zach! Zachiel Zachs!, Stanley Kyalo, and Ayub Ogada.
Featuring: Sarah Mitaru, Zabion, and Mbuui.
Venue: Alliance Francaise
August 31, 2007 @ 7:00 pm
Tickets: 300/ksh

Call For Fine Artists
The National Museums of Kenya invites artists who are citizens of or are residents in Kenya to apply for the opportunity to be commissioned for public art pieces for the newly refurbished Nairobi National Musuem. The selected pieces will be purchased by the Nairobi National Museum for its permanent collection. This project is open to two and three dimensional outdoor work, specified per location and including murals, mosaics, sculptures, collage and mixed media.

To request via E-mail: publicrelations@museums.or.ke
Contacts: Purity Tel: 3742131-4 EXT 271
Eileen (Mobile): +254 722 229 477

Sanaa Productions this weekend stages a hilarious
gikuyu play that was formerly done by the late Wahome
Mutahi and Wahome Karengo at the Kenya National
theatre concert hall on Friday 10th at 6.30,Saturday at 3.oo,
6.30 and Sunday 3.00 and 6.30.
For more info email : lgitachu@yahoo.com

Alliance Française auditorium
16 – 19 August
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Alliance Française garden
triple CD launch by
Sound Africa
in a live concert with
Friday, 17 August @ 7pm
Tickets: 700/-

R&B finds a home with African flavors when three formidable artistes come together in an electrifying triple CD launch by Sound Africa styled ‘Fusion Friday’. Influenced by nine years in Africa, Denis Gordon pops your ears and sways your hips to songs inspired by the cadence of Africa and the soul of Motown! Silky vocalist and drummer Kidum infects you with his diverse love and life-inspired ballads and JC Matata is the patriarch of Kirundi song and dance. This electric fusion is guaranteed to keep you on your feet for three hours.

Alliance Française auditorium
film screening
presented by SISIMKA & ET CETERA
written by CAJETAN BOY
18 & 19 August @ 12pm, 3pm & 6pm
advance bookings highly recommended
Tickets 300/-

Benta, a young girl from a well to do family finds her life turned upside down when following the death of her parents she has to become a house help for the dysfunctional Fulani family in order to support her two brothers and keep the family intact….

by Peter Schaffer
23 – 26 August
Weekdays: 6.30pm, Weekend: 3 & 6.30pm
Alliance Française auditorium
Tickets: 250/-

A wildly hilarious piece, that will bring forth beautiful ladies with empty heads, successful men with sad faces and liberal parents with confused futures with the realization that people no longer marry for better or for worse, but more or less.

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featuring Aaron ‘Krucial Keys’ Rimbui
hosted by Kavutha Mwanzia
Thursday, 30 August @ 7pm
Alliance Française gardens
Tickets: 500/-

An afro-jazz concert by
Friday, 31 August @ 7pm
Alliance Française gardens
Tickets 300/-

Wakake Otieno on percussions, Stanley Kyalo on bass guitar and Zachariah Amunga on keys and piano, combine African percussions and other musical genres to create a unique blend of afro-jazz. Also featuring Sarah Mitaru, Ayub Ogada, Zablon and Mbuvi.

An exhibition of paintings by the artist
JES’SENG’ANG’A (Ehoodi Kichapi)
continues through to end of August

Jes’seng’ang’a’s Art is inspired by working with people with special challenges in their lives, especially the homeless street children and the mentally ill. Humans are imperfect and incomplete and that is what on should expect from them. He believes in beauty, in ugliness and honesty. He wants to address human problems, sad and not happy issues. Problems cause pain and Jesse addresses pain because it is universal. In his paintings, not all the writing makes sense. It’s about language and not the meaning, the beauty of writing. It is about what one thinks subconsciously.

‘THE FOREIGNER’ by Larry Shue, presented by Heartstrings Kenya
9, 11, 12 August – Weekdays: 6.30pm, Weekend: 3 & 6.30pm
Alliance Française auditorium, Tickets: 250/-

A shocking revelation: man has but three events in his life: to be born, to live and to die and that he is not conscious of his birth, he suffers at his death and he forgets to live.

An African Harmony”,is exhibition by Carol Mbirua and Yassir Ali showcasing their paintings at the Village Market exhibition hall. The show runs from 2nd Aug to the 15th of August 2007.

Bitter Pill productions will stage the comedy “The School of Wives” at the Nairobi Cinema Auditorium on August 11 and 12 the . Show times are at 3.30 pm on both days.
Advance tickets go for Kshs. 150 before August 10th and are available at IBS Bookshop in Re-Insuarnce Plaza. Gate charges are Kshs.200

MENTALITY: an exhibition of paintings by JES’SENG’ANG’A (Ehoodi Kichapi)
Opening Wednesday, 8th August at 6.30pm – running until August 31st at Alliance Francaise

CLUB AFRIQUE, Museum Hill,Nairobi, Kenya
Every Sunday; 8.30pm
Tickets: Sh300 per head

Banana Hill Art Studio
“Reflections” by Uganda Artist Clovis Mutebi
10th July – August
Gallery open from 10am – 6pm Daily

Le Rustique Restaurante
Jacob Wachira Eligbo will be holding an exhibition from 13th July to 23rd August
(located on General Mathenge drive)

2nd Lola Kenya Screen
Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
August 6-11, 2007
An annual international film festival, film production workshop and audiovisual market exclusively designed for children and youth in eastern Africa. Details of the festival online at http://www.lolakenyascreen.or.ke

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