KIKAOO an Evening of Poetry, Storytelling and Songs

Harmony Cardenas

At the Kenya Countrywide Theatre’s Wasanii Cafe the initially factor you notice when you wander into the auditorium that properties KIKAOO is the glance of utter leisure imprinted in everyone’s face as they change to welcome the new comer. Its just starting and you walked in appropriate on time to hear the beautiful hostess introducing herself, in a sweet, sultry voice, as Leez. She gives a short introduction of KIKAOO due to the fact she notices rather a great deal of new faces.

KIKAOO is a Swahili word, actually translated to English as “forum’ and like the title suggests it’s a property and a melting pot for talents, a lab and room for establishing, striving out and merging new, special and distinct artwork forms and tactics. People who are just commencing out have a prospect to improve with KIKAOO and these who are previous in the artwork scene are not still left out. It brings together each artists and artwork lovers and generates a calming atmosphere for all to be themselves and to learn their innermost thoughts. It can ideal be described as an night of poetry, storytelling, audio and all items artwork.

KIKAOO, which is a plan of Artist Discussion board International AFI, has hosted over 1,600 artists on its stage due to the fact it started out on June 6th 2008. The gender parity stands at a ratio of 60:40, the participation of woman artists to that of male artists and virtually the identical is reflected in viewers attendance. The complete accumulative audience attendance stands at in excess of 7,000.

The KIKAOO phase has hosted tunes groups these as: AZIZA, an Afro-fusion boys’ band. The group was unveiled at KIKAOO in 2008 and celebrated their 1st Anniversary in mid 2009 at KIKAOO. The band has been a frequent guest at any time since INKA, a songs team recently unveiled at KIKAOO ELANI is nevertheless a further group that performs at KIKAOO. The band contains of two younger females and two gentlemen and is a full staff of talented people who observed the rhythm and haven’t allow it go. They are blessed with gorgeous voices which mix perfectly with musical devices developing a soulful passionate atmosphere FADHILI and NIMO, a pair of university learners whose version of the Kenya Countrywide Anthem is the unofficial KIKAOO adopted anthem LULU, the very best factor that at any time transpired to the Kenyan new music scene, a younger male musician with a voice that require not be magnified, composer of poignant lyrics in the fashion of (but rivaling the brilliance of) Bongo New music World-the artist to watch in the coming calendar year POETRY ABLAZE, a poetry group OHANGLAMAN MAKADEM the musician at the rear of the earth fame common “Obama be thy name’ hit tune SAM ONDIEKI of TWAFF Information PEDAGOGUES DODO, to mention just a portion of the musical expertise that has adorned KIKAOO’s stage.

Poetry is the main of KIKAOO and has given several a poet the braveness required to perfect their artwork. Poetry speaks to us in many approaches by means of it, life’s activities that we go by are shared, hope and anticipations of a folks and desires of quite a few a soul uncovered. The founding father of Artist Discussion board International, the mind kid at the rear of the KIKAOO method under no circumstances disappoints in churning out superb African poems, inspiring charming love poems and hilarious folklores, just one becoming the “the Contests of the Witches” a story at last very well explained to by the poet, Poet J. DEJUOLS Ammbbaassaah be his identify. A lot more poets at KIKAOO include things like GRAND Grasp MASESE, MOSES MANN- DHAHABU, CHRIS ADWAR, TRACY WAMBUI, MAMA HIDAYA-EUNICE NJAMBI, PAULINA MTOTO MZURI, MO Resourceful!, Claimed OMAR Stated among other people.

In the spirit of endorsing all points art, movie launches are not out of KIKAOO’s spectrum. KIKAOO was privileged to host the Multi Media College students’ movie launch: “Exposed”. The film was highlighted at the Kenya Worldwide Movie Pageant thereafter. Apart from that, KIKAOO acknowledges the have to have for the culture to have a forum to go over pertinent difficulties that faces the local community. To this finish KIKAOO, in conjunction with and in hosting Pen Worldwide Kenya Chapter, conducted a series of readings of Michela Wrong’s controversial reserve about John Githongo’s expos on the corruption that normally takes spot within just the corridors of ability “It really is Our Change to Consume”. The reserve has reportedly been averted by the bookshops for worry that they would be sued for libel as has took place prior to. Consequently, in filling the gap KIKAOO remains the voice of the masses and a location to positively vent out.

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