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Why you need to attend Africa Nouveau Festival this weekend

This weekend the Africa Nouveau festival takes place at the Ngong’ Racecourse Waterfront. This is definitely one of the biggest contemporary art festivals in the country – if not the biggest. Creatives drawn from all over the continent will have three days to showcase the best of African creativity in music, visual art, digital art, fashion, film making and so much more. The festival is “purposefully designed by creators of nu African culture for the creators and curators of the culture and their fans, with a deliberate focus on alternative…

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Kenya’s Gangsta Story Retold #TEFBadassery

The world is full of unbelievable gangsta stories from the likes of Al Capone, Frank Lucas, John Gotti and many more. These are men who’ve risen up the ranks in the world of crime and earned themselves notoriety across the globe. Stories of gangstas, both true and fiction, have made it on to the major screen with award winning movies such us The Godfather, American Gangster and Goodfellas. We’ve grown to know all these men and women from across the seas but little is known of those who’ve made a…

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Kenyan stories brought to life on stage #TooEarlyForBirds

Kenya’s history is filled with lots of stories of amazing individuals who left a mark, however little or big, on the course of the country. Most of these stories will not be told in history classes or mainstream media thus the creative community is stepping up to the plate and taking the lead in expressing these stories not just in a factual but a creative way as well. One of these story telling platforms is the “Too Early for Birds” show whose third volume takes place this weekend at the…

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Why you should attend the next Courage Stories

On Saturday I had the privilege of sitting across the room and listening to some amazing personal stories during the Courage Stories event held at the Safaricom MJ Centre. On the panel were individuals, with unique journeys and stories, and the MC of the day, Marcus O’lang, who has been one of the important cogs that has kept the platform going. The three guests on the panel included Linet Ayuko, Kendi Nkonge and Dan Aceda. Courage Stories is a platform that allows people to share how they find the courage…

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What do you need to succeed in the Kenyan music industry?

When you Google the “Kenyan music industry”, your search result will paint a gloomy picture. A lot has been written about the music industry’s shortcomings yet the industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the last decade, producing acts that have competed with the crème de la crème locally, regionally, across the continent and, dare I say, internationally. Among the issues raised, with regards to how the industry has failed, include a lack of professionalism, content of poor quality, piracy, indifference to collaborations, no support from institutions and many…

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Open mics and Tuesday nights in the city

One of the things I love about the Nairobi creative scene is the number of platforms that have sprung up for upcoming, and established, artists to showcase their talents. For an artist, these platforms go a long way in helping one practice, build confidence and acquire some fans. When I started performing spoken word back in 2009, there weren’t as many avenues for one to just show up and do their thing. Back in those days, if you were a poet you had options such as Slam Poetry at Das…

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Lupus Awareness Through Music #SheBlossoms

There are very few things that can match up to live music on a Sunday afternoon. Especially, if the music is being used as a platform to raise awareness. Majority of you might not have know this but October happens to be lupus awareness month. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. It is also known as the ‘wolf disease’ because it is able to manifest itself to look like other diseases, which makes it very difficult to diagnose.  …

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