#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 🙂

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#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!!!

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!

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