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Kenyan Hip hop artist G Rongi stuck in France coz of lack of passport

Kenyan Hip hop artist G Rongi stuck in France coz of lack of passport

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Kenyan Hip hop artist has been stuck in France since January because of a lack of passport. G Rongi communicated the same via Facebook video update where he shared his experience at the Kenyan Embassy in France.

G Rongi apparently applied for a replacement passport over 4 months ago and he hasn’t yet received it. To make matters worse, he claims that the staff at the Embassy have been treating…

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She is one of Kenya’s best gospel (worship) singers of all time. Her songs have topped charts and there is absolutely no doubt that Sarah Kiarie, popularly known as Sarah K, has been an amazing blessing to many.

These 10 Kenyan Artists Just Became Millionaires Thanks To MCSK Royalties

She released her maiden album called Wamtumainio Bwana in the year 2000. In 2014, she won three accolades at the Groove Awards for the Female Artiste of the Year, Song Writer of the Year and Worship Song of the Year for her mega hit, Hakuna Silaha. In late 2015, she released a new eight-track album titled Yote Yawazekana. In total, she has chucked six solo studio albums including Milele Daima, Adonai, Testimony and Liseme.

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Sarak K, of the humongous hit, Liseme, is celebrating her birthday today. She has just clocked 45! But this amazing singing sensation is looking even so young. Loot at her photos below…

We wish her all the best as she celebrates yet another milestone.

INSPIRATIONAL SATURDAY! This Beautiful Gospel Singer Can’t And Won’t Calm Down Because It’s Her Birthday Today (PHOTOS) She is one of Kenya’s best gospel (worship) singers of all time. Her songs have topped charts and there is absolutely no doubt that Sarah Kiarie, popularly known as Sarah K, has been an amazing blessing to many.
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The Triptych Trailer - Wangechi Mutu

omggggg i wanna see the whole thing!!!! i’ve never seen Mutu’s performance or installation!!!!!! 

KENYAN ARTISTE INVITED TO DENVER SISTER CITIES CELEBRATIONS 2016

KENYAN ARTISTE INVITED TO DENVER SISTER CITIES CELEBRATIONS 2016

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Colorado House representative Paul Rosenthal under Denver sister cities international has organized the annual sister cities international celebrations this Friday at the Colorado State Capitol. Its an event which celebrates major Denver sister cities where Nairobi is featured and this year the event is even bigger. Its an event to share person to person contacts,cultural exchange and arts.Music…

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Ogopa Deejays, a Kenyan Success Story

Around the late nineties 2 youthful siblings gangplank Kenya, Francis and Lucas Bikedo teamed up to profile a music record label which they christened the Ogopa Deejays. Number one quickly gained regional fame and plea because of the grievous standards re their production. This was in dissemblance with the poor productions at the time. The establishment pronounce been credited with creating the Kapuka genre pertinent to the muses which has proved quite homespun in the Kenyan pawn.

The stem hullabaloo artists in the Ogopa Deejays list included Nameless, Amani, The Longombas, Peter Miles, Bebe Cool, Redsan and Chameleone who have gone away headed for become famous performers in their in store right. At around this book, Banda joined Ogopa Productions as manager and inner man embarked on executing events to illustrate well. Their music production portfolio is composed respecting 3 regionally normative vocal score albums between the years 2000 to 2003. This is what made known to the commonwealth to finesse such as the late E-Sir and K-rupt whose tracks still feature on Kenyan FM stations tiptoe in transit to date.

Ogopa has at one blow custom-built into a video program music unit (Ogopa Video), a predilection development and management unit (Club Ogopa) and an AM-FM and TV body profit-making group (the creative House). Also inner self have moved into the Southern part of Africa precisely in Nambia and called the very thing Ogopa Butterfly Entertainment’. This is now the new haunt on Namibian talents namely Gal Level, Faizel MC and The Kalaharians.

Kenyan artistes currently per Ogopa’s lists weld Alpha, Kenzo, Silas, Trapee, Marya, Colonel Moustapha, Avril Kenya , Kaka Kamp and Jaguar. Other accomplished performers who some moment harmony their careers sting done business with Ogopa are Wahu, Tattuu, Mr. Lenny and Kunguru, Mr. Googz and Vinnie Banton, Kleptomaniax, Deux Vultures and Big Spigot.

Ogopa now owns an amazing on-line site which gives the much needed laying of charges in the neighborhood self, artists agreed so them, their musical contents and a elite of influential musician images. Interested folks can also make reservations for entertainers straight through the on line lieu. Ogopa stores, a way of acquiring music on line at a fee on the site is presently undergoing development and guarantees to be a leader if it takes off. Himself is very easy to bring near Club Ogopa wherewith way of an understandable authorization course of function on the web site.

However it has not been all rosy for Ogopa with a slew of accusations hurled at them over the years. They have coming in been blamed for weakening musical score styles with their genre of transcript which has been contiguous as too profit centred and irrational. An ascensional artiste, Kent Awiti also accused them of not releasing her music that she had paid for months ago. When all is said and worn-out, there can be the negative disquiet that Ogopa Deejays have orchestrated a huge part inbound the development in regard to the Kenyan entertainment industry.

Cyrus Kabiru

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On days when I don’t already know what to write about, I start to do random google searches. This always works like a charm, which today’s example shows perfectly. From “contemporary+art+red”, I discovered Cyrus Kabiru, a 32-year-old Kenyan artist, known for his “C-Stunners”, amazing sunglasses made from lost objects found in Nairobi. He considers himself an emerging artist, although his work was shown internationally, and he is a TED fellow (see the interview about his childhood and his stubbornness for what he does here).

After realizing his son wouldn’t become an engineer, Cyrus’ father offered to pay for art school. Cyrus turned him down, he was afraid he would start following teachers instead of his own ideas. After a childhood and youth spent as a rebel, an outcast even, he is starting to gain recognition for his work as an artist, which is an usual career choice in Nairobi - he is becoming an example now for others, he says, which was unthinkable a few years ago. 

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We highlight 6 Kenyan artists and illustrators doing well right now.

“With everyone on the planet now dabbling in some form of photography thanks to more affordable DSLR cameras, better quality “point-and-shoot” cameras and of course, good old Instagram, it’s great to see some young folks still pursuing illustration and fine art, despite the fact that Arts and Crafts as a subject was unfortunately struck out of our Kenyan curriculum. Despite that, there are some amazing Kenyan illustrators and fine artists who have taken the art form to the next level, and are gracious enough to share their work on social media with the rest of the world.” - Patricia Wangechi Kihoro

6 Brilliant Kenyan Artists And Illustrators Currently Killing It

6 Brilliant Kenyan Artists And Illustrators Currently Killing It

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Meet Kawira...

AWID: Who or what inspires you? What do you imagine when you think about “Feminist Futures”?
KM: I think that when it comes right down to it, I am inspired by the belief that we can live genuinely – that we can embrace and express our humanity with all its oddities – and by doing so tap into our greatest power in a very real way. This belief actually also ties in to my idea of a “Feminist Future”, which is one where we get to be as fierce, as vulnerable, as strong… as lovingly self-expressed, as we can be as individuals. I am driven by this belief because I am convinced that its opposite – fear and controlling – are what birth many of the social problems we deal with today.

AWID: Tell us about the context where you live, and how your work speaks to the current realities?
KM:
In Kenya, we still live in a fractured society that is built on fundamentally patriarchal, capitalistic ideals that tend to disguise themselves as religious or cultural norms. Women’s security and freedoms are still controlled and policed, the LGBTIQ individual is still oppressed by law, and we have yet to heal from the racial and tribal scars brought on through colonisation and divisive governance. However, the human rights conversations we’ve been having in the community are constantly bearing fruit and shifting the perspectives of the people of my country into something more respectful and unifying. Through my work as an artist, I aim to build on this foundation and foster a culture of love and celebration in ourselves as individuals. Because perhaps if we can learn to truly see, accept, love and celebrate ourselves , we can also recognize, accept, love and celebrate our neighbour’s humanity and nurture more peaceful interactions with our world.

Learn more about Kawira’s work:  www.kalacompany.com

Seven Questions With Velma Rossa of 2ManySiblings

By Jennifer Sefa-Boakye

Photo credit: Sarah Waiswa, 2015

On a recent trip to Nairobi we had the pleasure of shooting with Kenyan creative duo 2ManySiblings. The brother and sister team of Papa Petit and Velma Rossa have been creating (and curating) a visually stimulating portfolio of photography and styling work that reflects the zeitgeist of young African artists who are interested in “adding positively to the thread of the contemporary African narrative” 

A few weeks later, we chatted with them over e-mail to talk more about their inspirations and how they hope to take their passion project to new heights.

Read on for our mini-interview with Velma Rossa and keep an eye out for the full GCAH X 2manysiblings interview and photo editorial.

Velma, you recently traveled to Ghana for the ChaleWote Street Art Festival. Can you give us a glimpse into what your experience there was like?

I think any chance to get a new cultural experience is never a bad thing! I liked how the local old fishing community in Jamestown (where the festival is held ) integrated seamlessly with the contemporary … so vibrant and beautiful. Visual stories like nothing I had ever seen. It was my kind of jam! A return trip needs to made.

What excites you most about the alternate forms of African creativity that you and the other women who participated in Wàllá Dá bring to the table?

The fact that these alternate forms of creativity are now expressed by such strong inspirational women…nothing gets  me more excited than that! It’s about time.

What do you admire most about your brother?

That he has a strong street smart hustle work ethic

Whose work are you in love with right now?

Viviane Sassen. I mean…

What makes you happy?

Tea

When do you feel most peaceful and in tune with your true self?

In the shower (is that weird)? i have had many intelligent monologues in that place

Is there a particular philosophy that drives your approach to your life and your work?

Evoke ecstatic moments

Read: Seven Questions With Papa Petit Of 2ManySiblings

Seven Questions With Papa Petit Of 2ManySiblings

By Jennifer Sefa-Boakye

Photo: 2manysiblings

On a recent trip to Nairobi we had the pleasure of shooting with Kenyan creative duo 2ManySiblings. The brother and sister team of Papa Petit and Velma Rossa have been creating (and curating) a visually stimulating portfolio of photography and styling work that reflects the zeitgeist of young African artists who are interested in “adding positively to the thread of the contemporary African narrative.”

A few weeks later, we chatted with them over e-mail to talk more about their inspirations and how they hope to take their passion project to new heights.

Read on for our mini-interview with Papa Petit and keep an eye out for the full GCAH X 2manysiblings interview and photo editorial.

Papa Petit, how important is it for you to live and work in the country where you were born and raised, instead of moving abroad and living in one of the so-called “art capitals” such as London, Paris, or New York?

I don’t think there is anywhere in the world I know better than Nairobi. It’s home and I get so much inspiration from my city as it has made me who I am. I would love to travel and see the world get to see life from a different perspective, experience new culture, meet new people but I don’t feel I need to stay abroad to be able to tell my story and express my art. As a creative, Africa is buzzing and I love being here experiencing the evolution.

What are your thoughts on the recent shift in how African artistry and creativity is regarded within the continent as well as on a global scale.

Our voice and presence as Africans is getting stronger and stronger by the day and it’s about damn time the rest of the world looks at how Africa is contributing to humanity positively rather than focusing on political instabilities and civil strife. I’m seeing emerging artists that are proud to be African and are not looking to the western world for approval but doing it for Africa and pushing the continent forward.

What do you admire most about your sister?

She is a source of inspiration for me and many others.

What makes you happy?

Being able to inspire and be inspired by others

When do you feel most peaceful and in tune with your true self?

At my tailors apprenticeship space. Everyday there is like therapy .

Whose work are you in love with right now?

I’m interested in a lot of people’s work but at the moment fashion designer Rick Owens stands out.

Is there a particular philosophy that drives your approach to your life and your work?

Be sincere as possible in your work and not to do something for approval or acceptance and popularity.Work for a greater cause than personal acclaim :).

Read: Seven Questions With Velma Rossa Of 2ManySiblings