#WamathaiMarch: A Review

Poetry in Kenya is becoming big. Big in business, big in followers, big in content too. Anyone who’s into poetry knows that nowadays they’re spoilt for choice when it comes to which gigs to go to, who to keep an eye out for and so forth.

The Wamathai.com hosted Spoken word events started happening as far back as June 2010 and has been going strong. By far yesterday’s event was the best yet!

The Wamathai Spoken Word – March 2012 Edition was held at the beautiful Michael Joseph Centre at Safaricom House along Waiyaki Way. It started at 4pm and ended just past 7pm. The event was proudly hosted by Wamathai.com and Safaricom Ltd. Below is an account of what happened.

The event, hosted by Wanjeri ‘Mawazo Mengi’ Gakuru and Marcus Olang began with an opening act by SLAP – Sounds Like A Plan – a group that promotes East African House. Quite something! They were followed by Nuru Bahati performing some conscious messages on society and its ills. One couldn’t help but listen and ponder.

Quickly scanning the beautiful room, I saw screens with a slide show of SamiKhan’s beautiful photography. He was also moving around taking shots of the people around as well as the performers. The smooth @dwanzi_ gave us two poetry pieces.

Sentimental Floetry (Namatsi Lukoye, Carol Njenga & Vivian Wambui) are another group that really caught my eye. Their first piece went something like “…calling her mama pima, saying she obeys your thirst, and gives you daima….”! Then they did yet another beautiful piece mixed with some music that was about love and a broken heart, with accusations here and there. I almost shed a tear!

Michael Kwambo graced us with two pieces, and I couldn’t help remember the one he opened with: Seventh Heaven. Right after was this guy with an extraordinary way of playing the guitar! You had to be there to see this! The kind of music he produced was out of this world!

Kahawa came on stage and performed several pieces, starting with their rendition of Wakawaka. I particularly loved their own compositions. Very original!

As usual, KennetB came with exemplary performances, beginning with a short film, produced and directed by him, on nature. It was brilliant. A spoken word piece with imagery and sound effects. Bravo! His friends also didn’t dissapoint.

The beautiful talented Wanjiku Mwaurah performed next a piece by Mutabaruka known as “Dis Poem” .. it caught the attention of everyone with its witty, crafty lines such as “dis poem is not a poem”!

I left shortly after, my mind, heart and soul filled with warmth, questions, thoughts, love and peace all intertwined together. Truly I was glad I didn’t miss it.

And that was #WamathaiMarch! Check the link for tweets on the day 🙂

#WamathaiMarch: Wamathai Spoken Word – March 2012

Wamathai Spoken Word March, a poetry, music and photography showcase, is on Saturday 10th March 2012 at The Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom House on Waiyaki Way.

The event will be hosted by Sam Buggz and Wanjeri Gakuru.

There will be Poetry Performances by: Wanjiku MwaurahMwende NgaoMike KwamboKuni MbichiKennet BNuru Bahati, Tear Drops, Kaffy MwangiGathoniLe ClericAsali, Sentimental Floetry [Namatsi Lukoye, Carol Njenga & Vivian Wambui], Ben Tena, KayKay, Amos,  Luki and many more.

Music by: Sounds Like A Plan [SLAP] and Kevin Mbulaa

The event will feature a photo exhibition by photographer Sami Khan [Check out his work here].

Other Details

Time: 4pm – 7pm
Charges: Kshs. 300 in advance & Kshs. 400 at the gate

Buy advance tickets by sending cash via MPESA to 0704 090471 [a confirmation message will be sent to you with a ticket number once payment is received] or at the Michael Joseph Centre Reception.

Contact info: Email: hello@wamathai.com Call: 0704 090471

#Wamathai911: A Review

I attended the much awaited Wamathai Spoken Word for September 2011 (hence the hashtag #Wamathai911, coined by yours truly;)) that was held on 4th this month at Secrets Lounge. Here is a few words about how the event went.

It was a Sunday. It was very cold and rainy. I almost refused to leave my house! But I braved the cold and went, I had promised to be there.

Secrets Lounge is a nice place. When you’re inside there, its very easy to forget what’s happening outside. Reminds me of Steps… but that’s a story for another day!

I went in late, the event had already started as I arrived an hour late. As usual, I did the needful and checked in via foursquare and started tweeting as I enjoyed the poetry and spoken word. I’m a poetry lover so it was very easy to keep me entertained. Sadly, I didn’t have a front row seat so I didn’t see much of what happened. Oh, and again, I didn’t keep track of the titles of the poems performers did but I can remember some of the emotions some of the pieces invoked within me.

The event was hosted by @ItsBUddhaBlaze and he did a stellar job. He kept reminding us to snap our fingers instead of clapping as is the way to applaud a performance in spoken word.

There was a nice funny performance by Nuru Bahati and I like the caption Reumac got here: “The truth is ugly even though you use Fair & Lovely”

Binti Mswahili aka @bintiM wowed us with two pieces. I particularly remember one of her pieces which was inspired by #tittytuesdays, where she poked and prodded at the demeaning nature of the said TT.

And who can forget the amazing piece by @ItsMugambi “Let It Never Be Said“. Powerful piece! He received many clicks during and after his performance. He also performed another piece called Never Let You Down.

I was elated to see @LarryMadowo in the house, and even more when he performed. It was funny to hear people make fun of him performing using his phone. But its still poetry, no? Hehehe!

And interestingly, other TV reporters/anchors were at the event. Apart from Larry, there was Henry Githaiga, who performed, and @bonneytunya.

I missed seeing @Mawazo_Mengi at the event but was happy to see @WanjikuMwaurah there & even perform one of her pieces. I also missed seeing Kevin “Man Njoro” at the event. And I wouldn’t forget mentioning @DaddieMarto.

Another highlight of the afternoon was a performance by the one and only Ngwatilo! She apparently barely made it to the event and even so, was not as well prepared, but having her perform one or two of her own pieces was just as good and no one would complain. Kudos.

@Ngwatilo on stage

Dan Number 8 also made it to the event, in a cast & crutches! If that is not dedication to your passion then I don’t know what is! Did he perform? I can’t remember. I don’t think so, correct me if I’m wrong.

I particularly enjoyed the performance by @Jemedariflows, @Xhosie & the other guy, “the human beat box” Checkmate!

Some of the quotes on the twitter hash tag #Wamathai911:

Any girl can make a man come bt only a woman can make a man stay

All men are CHEETAHS cause all women are DEERS

With a banana,2 eggs and mayonnaise a man can keep a woman’s tummy full for 9 months

All in all, Wamathai September 2011 was really good. I was happy that there was less booze so less noise and more spoken word entertainment. I even enjoyed Pozi’s performance, despite peeps leaving while he performed. I like his music.

For a visual presentation, click away onto Reumac’s Blog. I love the way he’s done a slideshow of all the pics he took. Amazing work! Great clarity, well captured.

And that, was Wamathai911!

#Wamathai911!!!

Wamathai.com presents #Wamathai911 A.K.A Wamathai Spoken Word September 2011. p.s. I coined the ‘Wamathai911’ hash tag 😉 😀

Wamathai Spoken Word – September [#Wamathai911] , 4th September @ Secrets Lounge

Posted on August 29, 2011 by Wamathai

Wamathai.com presents Wamathai Spoken Word – September on 4th September at Secrets Lounge, View Park Towers from 3pm t0 6pm.

The event will be Hosted By Buddha Blaze.

There shall be performances by: Ngwatilo MawiyooNumber 8Aisha AliAdelle,Wanjiku MwaurahLe ClericEl Poet, Kennet B, Kuni Mbichi, Fuse, Achieng OdhiamboDaddie MartoLarry MadowoMugambi Nthiga, Samir Dave, Gloria Moses, Sistah Lorna, Namatsi Lukoye, Nuru Bahati among others

Music by: Pozi & Jemedari

Gate Charges: Kshs. 300

For regular updates of the event check our twitter page and our Fan page on facebook.

*** Kindly Spread the word about the event by tweeting about it (use the hashtag #Wamathai911 when doing so) and by inviting your friends to the event page.

See you all there!

PPK Weekend Note: Thou Shall Fall In Love…

Thou Shall Fall In Love…

Written by Brenda Angwenyi on May 16, 2011

My friends think I’m the happiest girl on earth (of course I am).  I go around smiling and giving off this bubbly feeling to everyone I meet.

‘It’s a beautiful day outside’ or ‘you’ll be fine’ and that cheery ‘Hello’ you get when I pick up the phone, I can make you believe it’s fantastic even when it may not be on your end.

Yes, I am the happiest girl on earth even when things are going absolutely blue on my side, something to do with what my mum used to say when all was not well for me, “Do not show the world you are on your knees even when you’re on your stomach.”

It is bright yellow all through even when the black skies are looming.

Then there are moments when I want to hide, want to crawl into some corner and just sit there and hope someone would hold me, would care as much as I want them to, someone who would make my heart skip just for a moment when I hear his name. On those days I might not lift my head as high as I always do or give you the bubbly ‘hello’ when you call me; it’s just a slump in my routine.

Yes, I am loved and I do have special someones in my life but not that special SOMEONE. You see love and I have never been really friends; he’s red and I’m black and when he attempts to give me a wardrobe makeover, I resist. We walk past each other with a mean stare and give each other hard times.

I’m the kind of person that has problems with the phrase, “falling in love” because falling for me means I’m not in control and I love to be in control. If it is falling then it has to be in my own speed and time and even land just right on the ground.

Every girl nowadays has this face of steel when she says ‘I cannot be broken by any guy.’ She also confesses of a heart of steel. Nowadays it’s hard for a girl to admit that a guy broke her heart because it means she’s weak. She won’t be the first to say ‘I love you’ either,  because that would mean she’s gullible.

So when I admitted to a friend that I was falling in love for some handsome gentleman, there was a look of triumph on her face. So finally I’m admitting to falling in love and letting my pettiness go.

It’s not wrong if you fall in love, after all what do you think all those couples who are together first experienced? They fell then they rose up and walked on together.

So don’t be afraid to fall, to lose control once in a while, to love madly and to hope that you will be loved back. There will be bad days but you can also choose to walk together through them and move on past the jerks that broke your heart.

And with that, see a recap of last week’s e- zine…

‘Eyes Wide Shut’ (A Commentary on the ICC Proceedings) with Alexander Eichener

Humour in Writing (A Recap of the 4th Princess Project Reading Circuit) with @Soul_fool

Loneliness – A Disease of Deficiency (Chronic City) with Nyambura Kiarie

Hip Hop (Poetry on the Other Side) with the @IvoryCherub

Human (Society) with @MoAngwenyi

A Guy’s Obsessions (Gorilla Warfare) with Mehul Gohil

Welcome to the Future (Internet & Gadgets) with Norman Osodo

Read and enjoy!

Remember, if you would like to guest post, all you have to do is write in to jmaruru@princessprojectkenya.com and pitch your idea. To submit your poetry or a short story, send it in to IvoryPunk@princessprojectkenya.com.

Here’s wishing you a fabulous week full of great ideas and lots of success!


#WamathaiDEC: Wamathai Spoken Word – December Edition

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#WamathaiDEC

In the spirit of celebrating an amazing year, and getting ready to embrace a new one, Wamathai.com presents a special Wamathai Spoken Word – December Edition (#WamathaiDec).

 

This month’s edition will be hosted by  Singer/Songwriter Dela & Comedian Martin ‘Daddie Marto’ Githinji.

To grace the event with spoken words of art will be Kevin ‘Man Njoro’ WaithakaPepe Haze, Achieng Odhiambo, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Kennet B, Mike Kwambo, Checkmate, Namatsi Lukoye, JemedariWairema Mathenge, Sitawa Wafula,Wanjeri GakuruAisha Ali among others.

Music by: Ma3PoziLouis Majiwa

The event will take place on 13th December 2010 at Lenana House Conference Centre on Lenana Road – (after the DOD main gate)

Entry Charges: Kshs. 200

Google directions —> http://bit.ly/LenanaHouse

If boarding a Matatu, alight at the flyover just past NPC Valley road. Walk a few meters on Ralphe Bunche Road up to the Lenana Road junction. Lenana House Conference Center is on Lenana Road after the DOD main gate.

Spread the word!!

(Poster courtesy of Diasporadical)

Respond to facebook event

Y’all know how it gets down so make the noise, spread the word and lets have the most amazing Wamathai.com event of the YEAR!!!

*Over & Out*

Monday Rant!

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*groooan*

Its a Monday. Another Monday.

And I’m still stuck at nothing. I guess this mind is handling waay too much at the moment so, lets give it a break now won’t we?

ION,

Check out THE NEW PRINCESS PROJECT KENYA WEBSITE! They moved! And boy do they write! This is what they said when they announced the move.

Make sure you subscribe to our feed so that you never miss a single episode of the Creekside Princess with Sheblossoms, Mwangi Ichungwa, Njeri Tunguru, Nyambura Kiarie;

the poetry by the Ivory Punk and Parsha Lukamba;

book reviews by Gideon Chumo and Parsha Lukamba;

queen stories with the Ivory Punk and Osas;

some Girl Royal with Sheblossoms and Osas,

Business and Internet Issues with Marvin Tumbo and Chiira Maina

and the health &beauty column by Imani Opar!

Karibu.

Me thinks that’s something that can inspire me and you, no?

 

*Over & Out*

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