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 Ethiopian Restaurant, Poetry Spot at All Saints and A word & a mic. Many of the artists I know came up through those ranks.
Today there are numerous platforms for one to perform. One of this is an open mic that has been running at Number 7 for the past six weeks or so.
Organized by my old friends Abu Sense and Ngartia – big names in the creative scene – the Open mic has seen an array of talents performing and featured some amazing artists like June Wangari, Malusi Mwongeli, Ngartia, Laura Ekumbo, Ciano Maimba, Ralph Reigns, Mwai Kassim and Blvckmoon.
If you haven’t been to any of the open mics then you don’t know what you’re missing out on. The vibe is always great, even with the tough crowd – LOL -, and the venue is something you should definitely check out.
Good thing you still have like three or so to go.
This is brings us to today – another Tuesday and yet another open mic. And guess who gets featured today? Yours truly 🙂
To be honest, I am nervous AF. Palms sweaty, knees weak and arms heavy. I think the last time I did a public performance was way back in 2012/13 and I screamed my lungs out during the Village Linkup on Sunday evening so my vocal chords ain’t in their best shape. All the same, I am looking forward to sharing some of my poems, reading an excerpt of my story and, hopefully, a few of my favorite songs.
If you’re free this Tuesday evening, or any of the next two, please do show up and support some of Nairobi’s creative talent.