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Current Events

Jef Neve

The Michael Joseph Centre will have the honour of hosting the distinguished Belgian Composer, jazz piano maestro and critically acclaimed classical pianist Jef Neve. On the 12th of September, make your way to a concert assured to captivate you profoundly. Admission is free and the show starts at 7pm, so come early. See you there.

"Reading Is Cool" Fiesta

The Michael Joseph Centre has been at the forefront in promoting culture and arts in Kenya. To promote the "reading culture" the Centre is now sponsoring a "Reading Revolution" that is designed to help start libraries in primary schools.

The "Reading is cool" fiesta is part of this initiative. The event will bring together children and their parents for an interactive learning fiesta that will focus on writing, reading and illustrating.

Online registration for the fiesta has started. There are only 100 slots for children and 50 for parents and they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets are going for 500/- for children and 1000/- for parents.

The event will take place at the Michael Joseph Centre on 27 July 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the fiesta will go to Start a Library Foundation for Muguga Green Primary School.

Register in the form below and get tickets for your child and yourself before all slots are filled!

For more information about the Start a Library Foundation click here: http://startalibrary.org/

Click here to register.

Past Events

Exhibition

Bobea Art

Fine Art, Great Atmosphere
It's all about "Creating Atmosphere One Piece at a Time". We will be hosting the Bobea Art Centre as they exhibit some of their most enthralling pieces. Come view the amazing work of artists such as Chuma Pascal, Isabella Nyanchoka and Alfred Mwaengo. The exhibition opens on 28 September and will be running until 10 October.

Creative Artists, Unique Pieces

Chuma Pascal
Has diverse talent that allows him to paint from realism, impressionism, cubism, pointillism, expressionism, abstract, integrated collage and his very own "Chumalism" style.

Isabella Nyanchoka
Joined Bobea Art Centre where she got perpetual skills that helped her express herself. She soon developed her own unique pure abstract style of painting.

Mwaengo Alfred
Showed tremendous talent from when he was only six! Now he has nurtured his talent and uses his creativity to express his passion for art.

The Exhibition:
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Entry: Free!

Show your appreciation for great art, don't miss the exhibition!

Theatre

Attack of Shidas

The Theatre Company of Kenya in collaboration with Story Moja, have created a live performance of the popular science fiction novel 'The Attack of the Shidas-AKAS Save Planet Earth' by Muthoni Muchemi. The play has been developed with the post-election violence in mind and addresses the delicate and contentious issue of discrimination by providing simple and practical messages to children and adults in a very entertaining manner.

The Kenyan Human Rights Commission has enabled this live performance to tour to twelve schools throughout Kenya. The responses from teachers and pupils were so overwhelming that the Kenyan Human Rights Commission has decided to extend the tour to another 12 schools in the month of July.

The play, which has been viewed by over 6000 pupils so far, will be staged at the Michael Joseph Centre on July 21. Entry is Ksh 400 advance or Ksh 500 at the gate. You can book the tickets via M-PESA on 0722554372, or purchase at Anselm's Kitengela Hot Glass at the Junction.

Awesome, educational and entertaining. Don't miss!

Poison Ivy

Wholesome entertainment – who brought you the hilarious play Corporate Wife – are back yet again to tickle and entertain you with Poison Ivy: a captivating and hilarious play about a young married couple whose bond is tested by the intrusion of the husband's pretty but poisonous sister.

The play stars Brian Ogola and Anita Juma as the young couple and then tenacious Njeri Ngige as the titular Ivy. They are joined by a talented supporting cast of veteran actors like Justin Karunguru, Eddy Peter, May Wairimu and Raata Ngatha.

Poison Ivy is written by Seth Busolo and is his ninth full-length play. The play is directed by Pauline Komu who has directed several plays and TV shows like KTN's Briefcase Inc and is produced by Daisy Busolo and Kyama Mutui.

Take a break from your regular Friday routine and join us on the 5th of April for an unforgettable night of laughs and entertainment as the Michael Joseph Centre plays host to this captivating play by some of Kenya's most talented theatre performers.
You can't afford to miss this.

Date: Friday 5th April
Time: 7:00 PM
Entry: 500/- [Call 0725-040951 to make bookings]

CORPORATE WIFE: THE PLAY

When a wife earns more than her husband, are some things bound to change in the house? Corporate Wife is a play that seeks to humorously address this question. Written by Seth Busolo and directed by Sarah Rimbui, this is one play that is bound to leave you in stitches. It encapsulates the reality of many jobless husbands who have to deal with their otherwise high-flying wives.

In most cases, a wife's ego becomes so inflated thus hitting her husband below the belt in many ways. This may come out of resentment or sheer feeling of dominance coupled with the urge to state her position as the primary bread winner. The husband struggles with issues of esteem and starts to seek affection outside the marriage…

As the wife of the house is busy getting bad 'advise' from her 'friends' on how to run her household, the house girl, a submissive Ugandan beauty, is busy treating the man of the house like a king. She kneels while serving him, addresses him with respect and massages his ego with affection.

The play features seasoned thespians, the likes of Pauline Komu who has acted in several plays and KTN's Briefcase Inc. Kate Khasoa who has featured in plays and NTV's Mali, Justin Karunguru of KTN's Briefcase Inc. and Eddy Peter- KTN's Briefcase Inc., Shattered-the movie and KTN-Changing times.

Come catch the play at on August 10 at the Michael Joseph Centre for 500/- only. You will laugh at the income inequalities, amongst married couples, that bring about frustrations and stress in marriage.

Rent-A-Diva

Rent-A-Diva is an operatic comedy that helps raise money for school fees as part of the Opera for School Fees initiative started by Edita Camm. The first opera they put together was Puccini's "Madam Butterfly" which was performed at the Horseman Restaurant in Karen on May 2002.

During the first two years she donated the money she raised to St. Nicholas Children's Home in Karen and the Karen Street Children Trust. Towards the end of 2003 she started taking on school children directly. In 2004 she took on 10 Maasai girls from the A.I.C. School in Kajiado.

Since 2002, Edita has helped 71 children (of which 31 still in school today) with funds raised by her opera and film events and by organizing "live concerts" with local and international opera singers. Her opera evenings have become popular and valued by opera lovers across Nairobi.

Catch this hilarious operatic comedy on 15th June at the Michael Joseph Centre from 7PM-9pm. Entry -300/-

Propose me!

End the month in style with yet another brilliant production from Phoenix Players. If you have any plans, cancel them, because the Michael Joseph Centre is the only place to be.

Introducing ‘Propose Me’ a Kenyan comedy written by George Mungai and directed by Niq Njache. The play stars seasoned actors and actresses including Lorna Irungu, David Opondoe, Stella Nyawira, Joshua Mwai, Judy Jakinda, and Brian Munene.

There will be three shows, culminating in the perfect weekend. Evening shows make an ideal date, and they begin at 7.00 p.m. on Friday July 29th and Saturday July 30th, at Ksh 1,000 per ticket.

For a family outing, try the 4.00 p.m. show on Sunday July 31st. Tickets cost Ksh 800 for adults and Ksh 400 for children under the age of 14. The Michael Joseph Centre is situated at Safaricom House on Waiyaki Way, Westlands. Ample parking is available, as well as easy access to public transport.

You can book your tickets by emailing info@phoenixtheatre.co.ke or you can book directly from the website: www.phoenixtheatre.co.ke. You can also book on phone by calling 020 2212661 or 020 2225506. You can also call 0729913425

40 Years of Theatre!

You've probably heard of Mumbi Kaigwa. She's been in theatre since she was 10 years old, and has gracefully made the transition from child acting to mature roles, a transition that is challenging for all, but the most disciplined performers.

This year, Mumbi is marking two key milestones. She's celebrating 40 years as a paid actress, and she's turning 50! To fete these two events, Mumbi and Subsahara Ltd are putting on a show that retrospectively reviews her time in the theatre and film industry.

Mumbi has carved a name for herself both in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Her roles range from Rachel in the Australian soap, Neighbours, to Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. She has produced and directed several works including Heart and Soul and Githaa.

As Mumbi retrospectively looks at her 40 years in the theatre and film industry, she has set up a year long tour made up of six performances. The tour began in December 2011 and is set to end in December 2012.

This Thursday, the 12th of April, the tour bus stops at The Michael Joseph Centre for three days. Mumbi will star in two performances: Talking Heads: Her Big Chance and Bed Among the Lentils. Both pieces are written by Alan Bennet.

There will be afternoon shows on Saturday 14th April and Sunday 15th April from 3.00 p.m. for all family members to enjoy. If you prefer evening theatre, you can catch the show on Thursday 12th April and Saturday 14th April from 6.30 p.m. Afternoon shows cost 500/= while the evening shows are 1,000/= per ticket.

Tickets are available online via www.ticketsasa.com or at The Michael Joseph Centre reception desk. For details, call 07o7-305365 or 0721-604742. There will be plenty of safe parking and direct access to public transport, so come celebrate with one of Kenya's Theatre Greats!

Music Concerts

Sing along the Nairobi Chamber Chorus

Nairobi Chamber Chorus is a group of 23 young singers founded in October 2005 by Ken Wakia. The mission of Nairobi Chamber Chorus is to enable young Kenyans to participate in a high quality musical forum.

Since it was founded, the group has helped 60 young people build their careers or expand their realm of knowledge and interest in the arts. The members are drawn from the various universities and institutions around Nairobi and various tribes of Kenya. The chorus has also won praises from its audiences for their electrifying performances of spirituals and Kenyan music.

The group will be performing at the Michael Joseph Centre on 26th of May in a show meant to help them raise funds for their upcoming US tour in July.

You are invited to join us on Sunday from 3 pm as we enjoy captivating performances and help the young people reach their dreams. The show will cost you Ksh 500 only, which will go a long way in their tour. Don't Miss!

MJC Celebrates Its Birthday!

The Michael Joseph Centre is celebrating its 3rd birthday today! On Friday 10th May, former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph reopened the Centre after it underwent renovations.

Since its opening in 2010, the Centre has hosted many events including music concerts, plays, art exhibitions and business forums.

The Centre has four main functional spaces for CSR activities, Arts, Technology and a Telepresence room. The place is open to all Safaricom staff, business clients and the general public. Admission is free; all you need is to book an appointment.

The Michael Joseph Centre is located on the ground floor of the HQ2 Safaricom Building which is off Waiyaki Way. It is open on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed on all public holidays.

The Suits and Mics Concert

The Suits and Mics Concert brings to you live spoken words with 16 bars | Conscious music, artivism and live Jazz |This is Hip Hop!

Experience a new edge to Hip Hop as emcee Point blank Evumbi rocks the Mic and presents legendary Hip Hop artist Jemedari. Backed by the epic vocals of artist, singer and songwriter Zosi. hip-hop impresario Kimya drops the Mic to the contemporary urban hip hop jazz beats of Band 254. Then Live performance maestros The Live Legends, take the stage as Kevin The Trigger Master on his MPD and Scott the Electric Violinist!

All Black-Tie everything.

At the Michael Joseph Centre

Date: 11th May 2013

Tickets available at the gate only, at Kshs.500

Music My World

Striving to change the world

Music My World tells the story of three ladies who found (and are still finding) redemption from their hurt, in discovering and accepting themselves and subsequently those around them in a bid to change the world. Catch this moving music array at the Michael Joseph Centre and be inspired by performance from Trina Mungai, Gathoni Mwaura, Sam Kioko, Prisca Ojwang’ and Metanoia The Band.

Meet the Performers:

Trina Mungai-Describes herself as a music fruit salad- sounds good to the heart and tastes good to the soul.

Gathoni Mwaura-The nature of my craft diversifies the more I discover it.

Prisca Ojwang’- Aims to paint the world through honest words craftily fused and musical melody with a whole lot of soul!

Sam Kioko-Music is like a natural habitat, I thrive in it. It is where I can lose and find myself.

Metanoia The Band - Metanoia means ‘a transformative change of heart’ with Zamar Odongo on the drums/lead vocals, Shaqat Odongo on the bass/ vocals, Newman Owor on the lead guitar and George Nyoro on the keys

Mark the date:

  • Date 4th May 2013
  • Time: 6:30PM–8:30PM.
  • Tickets: Ksh250 advance, Ksh300 at the event.
  • Tickets available at: MJ Centre and Safaricom House
  • Venue: Michael Joseph Centre
CTA: Come experience musical storytelling at its best!

Beats And Pieces

Do you have an ear for music? Well, at Sauti Academy, twenty students have undergone intensive training to bring out your love for music to an even deeper level. The students have been keyed to harmoniously play and compose music that leaves every of their listeners in peace.

Meet Winnie Chris, Pauline, Waksy, Dinga, Rosa, Charles, David, Alai, Robby, Tracy, Daniel, Charles Murage, Abbi, Shammah, Cece, Elizabeth, Fess, Christine, Qat and Zonda, all students of Sauti Academy, as they perform at the Michael Joseph Centre.

This is an End Term concert for Sauti Academy students who are in search of their music identity. Come and be inspired by passion and sheer drive to reach personal best from each of them. The End Term concert is going down on 13th April starting from 7PM-10PM. Entry is KSh. 300 advance or KSh. 400 at the gate.

Bring your friends along; it's going to be fun!

Sounds of the Heart

Music education in Kenyan government schools is not given as much prominence as some other subjects like language and sciences. Three musical groups - The Morans, The Old Cambrian & Zeze - hope to shed some light on this by holding a concert to create awareness and help raise funds for Nairobi School's Music Department.

The goal of the event is not just to raise funds but to also encourage all stakeholders including parents, school administrations, government and the private sector to come together to help nurture musical talents in our children.

Join them at the Michael Joseph Centre on 11th of April from 7:00 PM to support this worthy cause.

Entry: 500/- [50% of the proceeds will go to Nairobi School Music department]

Performers:

The Morans: They are a brass group consisting of players ranging from University lecturers, Music teachers and Music students. The group was formed about a year ago and plays a wide range of musical styles ranging from works from the Renaissance Period to present day works. Members of this group are also involved in other musical groups such as the 'Nairobi Orchestra', 'The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya' (KNYO) and 'The Old Cambrian'. Some of them also teach in Nairobi's Korogocho slums under the Ghetto Classics programme run by the Art of Music Foundation.

The Old Cambrian: They are members of the Old Cambrian Society (Kenya). This society is the alumni organization for Nairobi School. The Old Cambrian consists of alumni from the school, ranging between 1978 up to class of 2012. Group members are committed to raising Music Education standard at the school. Several of them volunteer their time and resources in teaching the current students. They are also involved in other musical groups such as the 'Nairobi Orchestra', 'The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya' (KNYO) and 'The Morans'. Some of them also teach in Nairobi's Korogocho slums under the Ghetto Classics programme run by the Art of Music Foundation. This group is a few months old and hopes to keep growing as more students graduate from the school.

Zeze: This is a chamber strings group that was started in September 2011. In past concerts they have performed Baroque, Classical, Romantic, modern, and traditional music by Kenyan composers. The group is made up of violins, violas, cellos and double bass, with the occasional accompaniment on the piano. In their most recent concert in November 2012 they performed the beloved Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' as well as debuting an arrangement from the coast of the traditional song 'Mwangada wa Joka.' The group is comprised of various players from the Kenya National Youth Orchestra, Conservatoire Orchestra and the Nairobi Orchestra.

The Knot

What brings us together? Music! It ties us together regardless of race, tribe, social class, gender, age and many other divisions that may exist in our society. We aim to celebrate our diversity by use of the universal medium that is music.

Penya Africa hopes to do just that with 'The Knot:' a graduation concert by the artist of their development program, Sauti Academy. Come together with your fellow countrymen and experience the future of Kenyan music as a diverse group of young and talented musicians take to the stage with a new sound of music.

Sauti Academy is Penya Africa's artist development program that reaches out to singers between 18 – 25 years old who would like to make music their professional career. In a one year program they aim to share knowledge and build skills that musicians need to kick-start their careers in the music industry.

Date: 6th April 2013
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Entrance: 300/- Advance and 400/- at the gate.

Performers:

Peter Nyabuto: An AfroSoul/Pop singer, saxophonist and guitarist taking a music degree at Kenyatta University who makes music in his own unique way. He says, "Music is the ultimate expression of human beings" [https://twitter.com/PeterNyabuto]

Waithera: A soulful crooner who believes in music with a message is musically influenced by the eclectic sounds of Jazz, Afro-fusion and Neo Soul. For Waithera, music is a safe haven, a release from excesses of life. [ https://twitter.com/Ythera1]

Ndila: Singer-songwriter, budding Pianist. Her music, a fusion of Indie, Pop and RnB and heavily influenced by Black American soul music. For Ndila music is life and life is music. [https://twitter.com/Ndila_]

Shiro: A silky voiced and seasoned pop singer and songwriter. Among her biggest influences is British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas. She brings out of her magic bag a richness in writing and a soulful delivery. [ https://twitter.com/WanJeeRow]

Cheddaz: Honey comb lyricist, rapper and alter ego guru has honed some useful skills in his craft. Rapping to a beat on African drums, this electric performer will bring anyone on his feet with his unique delivery and different sound.

Andrew Wambua: Reviewed by Kenya Buzz as one of Kenya's finest artist and Ghafla Kenya as a seasoned singer, performer and voice coach, he brings onto stage a wealth of experience, sewing together western music with African guitar riffs and drums.[ https://twitter.com/Andrew_Wambua]

Beats And Pieces

Do you have an ear for music? Well, at Sauti Academy, twenty students have undergone intensive training to bring out your love for music to an even deeper level. The students have been keyed to harmoniously play and compose music that leaves every of their listeners in peace.

Meet Winnie Chris, Pauline, Waksy, Dinga, Rosa, Charles, David, Alai, Robby, Tracy, Daniel, Charles Murage, Abbi, Shammah, Cece, Elizabeth, Fess, Christine, Qat and Zonda, all students of Sauti Academy, as they perform at the Michael Joseph Centre.

This is an End Term concert for Sauti Academy students who are in search of their music identity. Come and be inspired by passion and sheer drive to reach personal best from each of them. The End Term concert is going down on 30th March starting from 7PM-10PM. Entry is KSh. 300 advance or KSh. 400 at the gate.

Bring your friends along; it's going to be fun!

Dorothy Ghettuba Concert

Dorothy Ghettuba is best known as the CEO of Spielworks Media Ltd and the producer of award winning television programmes including Lies That Bind, Saints and Higher Learning. What many people don't know is that she is a talented singer who has performed all over the world with the group Soul Influence. [www.soulinfluence.org]

On the 28th of March, Dorothy will be performing in a charity concert at the Michael Joseph Centre. The purpose of the concert will be to raise funds and awareness for the charity Vision Africa – Give a Child a Future. The event will include the launch of a photographic exhibition called "Through My Eyes" featuring photographs taken by children from the projects Vision Africa partners with.

Vision Africa works with a variety of projects including rural children's homes and primary schools, schools for children with special needs, after school tuition in urban slums and vocational and enterprise training for youths. At every project throughout the country they asked children to take photographs of things that they love and things that are important to them. "Through My Eyes" captures the best of these pictures and gives an insight into the lives of the most important people at our projects – the children. [www.vision-africa.org/ www.facebook.com/visionafrica]

Date: 28th March 2013

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Entrance: 1,000/- per ticket [All proceeds go to Vision Africa]

Spanner breakfast

Albert Einstein once said that creativity is contagious. It is with this regard that the Creatives Garage have organized the Spanner Breakfast, a platform for all creatives to network and pass on their creativity.

The event will be held at the Michael Joseph Centre on 2nd March 2013. This is a chance for you, if you consider yourself creative, to interact with other creatives, get new ideas and discover the creativity and potential that is hidden deep within your soul.

At the event will be the Nairobi Half Life crew and cast. They will talk about scriptwriting, directing, acting, set design, wardrobe and financing. The event will touch on most creative fields and is not restricted to film-makers only.

Entry is just KSh 1,000 per person or KSh 4,000 for a group of five. You can purchase a ticket via M-PESA by sending the amount to 'Buy Goods' number 89652.

Come, throw a spanner to the works and be inspired.


Around the Ornatte

Jazz is coming to town!

Around the Ornate concert is a special dedication to the great saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman. Ornette is one of the founders of the free jazz movement in the 1960. The concert will feature fascinating composition and expressive pieces from Giovanni Falzone together with his four brilliant collaborators. The group won the Best Album Award from Top Jazz 2011.The Michael Joseph Centre is going to be hosting Around Ornate jazz concert on the 23 October from 7pm to 9pm.

Performing alongside Giovanni will be Francesco Bearzatti on the tenor saxophone and clarinet, Beppe Caruso on the trombone, Paolino Dalla Porta on the double bass and Antonio Fusco on the drums.

Venue: Michael Joseph Centre

Date: 23 October

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Entry: Free!

Come experience Jazz at its best!

Africa Rise Up

On Saturday 29th September 2012 The Michael Joseph Centre will be the venue for "Africa Rise Up," when we play host to Alisha Popat and friends who are on a noble quest to re-introduce alternative music back into Nairobi's music scene.

With part of the proceeds going to the Amara Charitable Trust - which seeks to enhance lives in various communities by empowering women and Children - the event will bring together a rich variety of alternative music artists in one remarkable event.

Sharing the stage with Alisha will be: Radi (Afro Jazz), Kevin Samuel, Jason Corder, Vivian sentimental floetry, Carlene Lombo and Fauz Noir.

The aim of the event is to put alternative music out there and give a chance for indie, afro Jazz, blues musicians etc to 'Rise Up' and get the exposure that they rightly deserve. If you are a fan of alternative music and a supporter of young African musical talent then you can't afford to miss what promises to be an earth-shattering event.

Charges: KSh500 per head (Tickets available at the gate). Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Thum Lele Ngoma live in concert

Lele Ngoma is certainly not your ordinary band. Their fresh approach to acoustic Benga comes packed with amazing flavour. The band comprising Kevin Koech, Kate Miano, Wangui Githu, Charles Bodo, Jack Towett and Josh Masese have fused Rock, Benga and Afro-Soul to create an eclectic vibe in their art.

Get a taste of authentic Kenyan music as they perform some of their greatest hits at the Thum Concert! Look forward to an amazing night with opening acts from Change Otieno, SiriyaMuziki and Nouvelle the band as well!

Date 28 September 2012

Time: 6:00PM–9:00PM.

Tickets: Ksh350 advance, Ksh500 at the event.

Tickets available at: Extreme Videos, MJ Centre and Safaricom House

Venue: Michael Joseph Centre


The Return of Soul

She radiates soul and creativity. Liron's musical journey began at an early age, now the talented artiste, poet and songstress is stepping out to spread her creativity in a big way. Witness her in action at her much anticipated Prodigal's Diary Concert.

You can anticipate a musical journey full of soul and depth as she performs some of her personal songs together with her live band. You can also look forward to opening acts from the talented Fadhili Itulya and Jason Franklin Ochola. The Prodigal's Diary Concert will be an infusion of inspiration and soulful music.

The concert will be at the Michael Joseph Centre on 4 August 2012

Enjoy the action from 4 – 6 pm

Admission is free

Come and experience the return of soulful music!

Finesse Unleashed

We all come from somewhere; a history trails behind us. We at the same time carry this history within us, sharing it with people we care about the most. This history sometimes defines us, it is evident in our character, and engraved within our day to day activities be it in dressing, walking style or the kind of beat that makes us get jiggy with it!

Finesse Unleashed is a discovery of the stories that are our lives. It is relived and told through music. Sauti Academy students have come together and strung a chord in what can only be termed to as a festival of music. These are students who have been handpicked by the reputable, musically inclined Natalie, they have gone through her refining and their vocals and musical prowess smoothened to achieve a perfect tone.

Meet the graduands of Sauti Academy who will be entertaining you.

Mel
She is a fulltime artist who has been singing for over 15 years.

She has performed at the Kinanda arts festival, Alliance Fraincaise, Slam Africa, BOGOF (Being only great of finesse), Nairobi Cinema, Tree Top Restaurant, Art Café and in private events. She knows music is therapeutic and plays music to patients at the Mater Hospital. She also plans to pursue the full art of music therapy in the future. She has written over 15 songs and is always looking for ways to improve on her musical skills.

"I feel a need to tell people my story through the songs I write because I know that everyone in the world relates to one another in one way or the other." She says.

Come discover how therapeutic music can be, listen to her share the story of her life through music. Connect with her through her guitar chords, great voice and amazing vocals.


Ishah
Ishah is inspired by the desire to put across a positive message. She knows how important it is to remain positive in life regardless of how negative a situation may be. She wants her listeners to take her music and relate it to experiences in their own lives.

To her, a performance should have an impact, an impact so strong that she hopes the audience will be instantly inspired to change something they had previously overlooked in the world around them.

"I want to inspire positive action. I want to create a powerful atmosphere of positive emotions that awakens the hopes and directions and dreams of everyone in the room." She concludes.

This is a rare breed of talent presenting music from elsewhere. Their style is alien to us. You can catch their exhilarating performance at the Michael Joseph Centre on July 27 from 7.00pm – 10.00pm and on July 28 from 2.00pm- 5.00pm.

Tickets go for 300/= per person advance, 400/= at the door and 500/= for the season.

Wamathai Spoken Word – July

Wamathai Spoken Word is an event that showcases poets, veteran and up-and-coming, from all over Kenya, combined with music from young and talented musicians and photography from seasoned photographers.

The Michael Joseph Centre will host the July version of this event on Saturday the 14th which will see performances by poets and word lovers including: El Poet, Jemedari, Mwende Ngao, Kenyan Poet, Raya Wambui, Kevin Man Njoro, Michael Kwambo, Samo Bryton, Kavosa, Hosea Munyoro among others.

There will also be musical performances by Demspey and the Boys & Ndila, as well as a photography exhibition by the multi-talented Koa. Hosting the event will be Sam Buggz and Stella Nasambu.

Time: 4pm – 8pm
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.

To find out more about the minds and voices behind this event, follow Wamathai on Twitter: @Wamathai, visit his Facebook page, www.facebok.com/wamaathai, email - hello@wamathai.com.

Our Dreams by Our Drums

A group of 13 musicians from Dagoretti are giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘recycled music’. Out of a disposed off cooking pot, the Slum Drummers have invented an instrument called Kalimba. The drummers also make drums, xylophones, and other musical instruments using items that they found in the trash.

The Slum Drummers use their instruments and their music to keep the young people of Dagoretti in school and away from drugs. As group member Eunice Ruguru says, “We give them the message of hope, and to encourage them, because some street children, some of them have already lost their hope.”

The troupe members have taken part in previous projects, where they received several years of training to hone their musical talent. Come spend a family afternoon at the Michael Joseph centre on 15th July and see what the slum drummers can really do. Charges are just 500/=. Children up to 13, disabled persons students, musicians, and CBO’s members get a special entry price of 250/=. The band will also be selling some of their already made instruments. This family event is worth every cent, so don’t miss it!

Jazz Girls

'Jazz Girls' is an all-girl 5 piece jazz band made up of extremely talented Kenyan musicians.

The band members are:

Loice Adhiambo, who is the youngest member of the group and has been playing the flute for one and a half years. She has played for jazz maestro Joseph Hellon and also for Kathy Kiragu, and has been part of the Heineken Jazz Experience. Loice also plays the piano, sings, is a song-writer and teaches music.

Vicky Njeri, a rock drummer and arranger has been playing drums in the rock band Murphy's Flaw for four years. She has been involved in projects such as Murphy's Flaw's high school mentorship programme, and was a part of the recording of the band's two albums. Her influences include Chad Smith, Phil Willis, Amani, Travis Barker, Sade and Jon Dolmoyan. Vicky is a mother of 4 beautiful children and is also an Architect.

Judith Njuguna, an all round musician, has been in the Kenyan music scene as a bassist for about 5 years. She plays piano, drums, guitar, but she is known as a bassist and a double bassist. She has played with various artists and is the band leader of her band - the Silk Notes. Judith has played numerous events including; Michael Buble's world tour at Johannesburg and Durban, East Meets South concert, Heineken Jazz Experience and the Personal Jazz Experience. Judith names her influences as Esperanza Spalding, Victor Wooten, Michael Jackson, Cehevelle, Trapt, Nickelback & Creed.

Sage is mainly a soul-jazz musician but is diverse and can write in almost any genre. She was recently turned to playing the guitar. She released a single in 2011 titled "I don't really want to" and she is currently working on her debut album. Her songs revolve around love, both its presence and its absence, infusing relatable lyrics in her songs which usually have a direct message. She is inspired by life, love and all things musical.

Kathy Kiragu is a jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, songwriter and music director. This multi-talented artist got introduced to music early in her life starting recorder and piano lessons at the tender age of 5 and 6 respectively. However, it wasn't until she joined the Jether House of Music, under the tutelage of Joseph Hellon, that she got her firm foundation in music. Kathy is now a classically-trained pianist and is currently on the highest level in classical piano.

The band Jazz Girls was born out of the recently held music 'Woman' charity event.

Together again but for the very first time as a band, the Jazz Girls will be taking centre stage at the Michael Joseph Centre on Friday 29th of June from 7:00pm. Entry will be 500/-. For Tickets call: 0724748796

Clicks, Strokes & Sounds

The Exhibition is a venture by ATB in collaboration with various artists to create a platform for upcoming musicians, photographers, painters, poets and other artistic ventures to showcase talent as well as make their passions pay. It is also a networking forum where people involved in art and art enthusiasts can exchange ideas on how to make the industry more profitable for the artsy.

The main attraction of The Exhibition is the unique fusion of other forms of art with music. Photographers will display their works like they would at a gallery as musicians and poets perform on stage, all while painters create artistic impressions of the performances by the band and on the spot photography which would be made available for purchase at the next event. This way, talent is enhanced, identified and promoted.

The Exhibition is all set to assail every sense with a dose of stimulation hitherto unprecedented in the entertainment industry by having a variety of spoken word artists grace the event in a bid to create a like mindedness in the collective conscious of the youth. It will also be the forum where new and upcoming talent is nurtured, grown and developed in every facet of competency necessary to an artist in the 21st century not just their stock in trade, whatever that may be.

The Exhibition (Clicks, Strokes & Sounds) is at the Michael Joseph Centre on 9th June from 3-7pm. Entry 400/

Jazz Expressions of Life

Kathy Kiragu is a 22 year old jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, songwriter, band-leader and music director. This multi-talented artist got introduced to music early in her life starting recorder and piano lessons at the tender age of 5 and 6 respectively. However, it wasn’t until she joined the Jether House of Music, under the tutelage of Jazz Maestro Joseph Hellon, that she got her firm foundation in music. Kathy is now a classically-trained pianist and currently on the highest level in classical piano.

Kathy often attended the band practices of artists such as Joseph Hellon, Valerie Kimani and Muthoni Ndonga and it was this that stirred up her desire to be a performing musician. She also performed at the Safaricom concert dubbed, ‘Woman,’ which took place in March this year. She is currently working on her jazz album at Indigo Studios with the acclaimed producer Abbi Nyinza.

Kathy Kiragu is the Managing Director and Founding Director of Spoken Life Productions, a recently founded Media House and Production Company. Her greatest influence has, is and will forever be God.

Kathy Kiragu and her all-girls jazz band which will be holding a concert on 8th June at The Michael Joseph Center from 7-9pm. Entry is 500/-

Valerie Kimani LIVE

Valerie Kimani is a beautiful and dynamic Kenyan fusion-jazz artist whose career started when she won the first chapter of the talent show “Tusker Project Fame” in 2006. Her star has risen tremendously since then and has seen her make her mark in both the music and acting stage in Kenya.

“Valerie Kimani LIVE!" is a celebration of Valerie’s six-year journey in music and is a culmination of the rich experiences and growth she has gathered along the way. She will be sharing this first-ever concert experience with her old and new fans alike.

We invite you to join us at the Michael Joseph Centre on June 1st as this talented and accomplished artist marks her comeback with a concert to remember. On stage will also be Patricia Kihoro and Anto Neo Soul. You won’t want to miss this one. Gates open at 6pm. Entry 1,500/-

For tickets, please call Eddie at 0720492540.

Being the change you want

Sentimental Floetry was born in August 2011 when two passionate poets met an equally passionate singer. From that moment on, Namatsi Lukoye, Carol Njenga and Vivianne Wambui have been creating multi-sensory experiences that saturate minds, stimulate senses and touch souls.

This socially-aware musical entity uses their aptly named unique style “Soems,” a killer combination of two effective modes of expression: songs and poems, sensitize the community on social matters in an entertaining, refreshing but most of all, memorable manner. 

In light of the impending general elections, most of their work revolves around love, peace and patriotism as they encourage all to be the change they want. This message, though simple, can never be overstated as it gives us all hope for a better future, if only we’d try.

Come experience this terrifically talented trio backed by Josi, Raggz and Luki at The Michael Joseph Centre from 4pm – 7pm on the 26th of May 2012. Tickets are only 300/-

Live & Loud Music festival

Penya Africa is a non-profit music label that set up shop in 2008 to inspire & develop innovative local musicians to be influential agents of change both locally & internationally. They believe in harnessing the power of music as an instrument of social change by creating role-models that inspire and through spreading positive messages of change. Penya is therefore actively involved in selecting & developing outstanding innovative musicians and producing, promoting, exposing & distributing their high quality & pioneering music to the local & global market.

Penya has three main departments:

  1. Penya Africa Record Label This offers A&R management, artist management, recording facilities at Penya Studios, releases of singles, albums and videos, as well as distribution and promotion.
  2. The Sauti Artist Development Program This year-long program reaches out to aspiring musical artists that would like to reach the next level. It aims to equip students with everything an aspiring artists needs to start and sustain a professional musical career including voice lessons, music theory, a stage to perform upon graduation as well as a chance to record a demo.
  3. Outreach programs. We aim to promote social responsibility among Sauti Academy students by inviting them to teach those who would otherwise not have access to music lessons. We believe that this will help develop the participants' social and communication skills, enhance their self-esteem, confidence and capacity to work with others as well as create a deeper understanding between people from different ethnic and economic backgrounds by bringing them together in musical activities and promote cultural exchanges in society.

Penya Africa invites you to come and see Kenya's newest talent straight fresh from the Sauti Academy at the Live & Loud Music Festival at the Michael Joseph Centre on the 12th and 19th of May 2012 from 7.00pm – 9.30pm. Tickets are only 300/- advance, 400/- at the gate and 500/- for a seasonal ticket. Prepare to be blown away.

One Love One Society

One Love One Society is a pilot project by the Kijani Kibichi Band that targets densely populated settlements within Nairobi County with the aim of healing the wounds caused by the 2008 post-election violence. Over the years, Kenya has fallen victim to ethnic animosity and divisions during past electoral campaigns and general elections mainly fueled by politicians. This worrying trend is what this initiative wants to hopes bring to an end.

Nairobi County has a population of about 3.4 million people, majority of who live in low income areas. These areas are a melting pot of diverse cultural traditions, religious and political beliefs. These differences coupled with the lack of equitable distribution of resources, services and social amenities has raised tensions in these societies leaving a situation prime for recurrence of destructive violence. One Love One Society believes that it is these same differences that should unite people instead of tearing them apart.

This project seeks to address this by advocating for peace, justice, reconciliation and national cohesion through music extravaganzas as well as capacity building of youth leaders from the slum areas on peace & conflict management skills as the youth are the leaders of today, not tomorrow. One love One Society aims to change attitudes towards conflict resolution, raise awareness and participation in national processes, raising living standards by building capacity among the youth and increase dialogue between community leaders and members. One Love One Society shall work in collaboration with the following partners:

  • Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MOJCA)
  • Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs (Provincial Administration)
  • National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC)
  • City Council of Nairobi - (CCN)
  • Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK)
  • Corporates
  • General Kenyan public

The One Love One Society project will be launched later this month at the Michael Joseph Centre.

Bengenge Experience

This is a novel campaign that seeks to guarantee education to at least 100 girls most of whom never had the chance to go, or were forced to drop out of school because of financial constraints.

This initiative aims to provide them with a second chance by giving them scholarships and school supplies as well as leadership training courses to empower them to speak up for not only themselves but for girls everywhere.

There are various ways that you can get involved and make a difference in these girls' lives. These include volunteering your time, talking about 100 girls in 100 days, wearing branded merchandise, inviting your friends to like the 100 Girls in 100 days Facebook page and follow them on twitter and so much more.

Come dance the night away to the sweet sounds of the popular Villagers Band at the Michael Joseph Centre on 11th May from 7-9pm as they support this worthy cause.

Entry is 500/- with 20% of the proceeds going towards 100 Girls in 100 Days, so cancel your plans and put on your dancing shoes as we celebrate education.

Classical Choral Music!

All true connoisseurs of classical music know it isn't just about woodwinds and violins. Some of the most beautiful music in the world is carried solely on vocal chords! That's why the Classical Evening Club invites you to an event steeped in song.

You might remember them from The Kwaya, Kenya's first Reality TV Choral Contest. Taifa Mziki, Ninga Melodies, and Cantus in Choro all made it to the Top Ten, wowing audiences and judges with the musical skill and prowess. Now you can hear more from these talented voices on May the 10th!

Cantus in Choro is led by Dan Abisi and has performed with the Conservatoire Orchestra at events such as Classics at the Godown. Taifa Mziki is a group of university students that routinely compete at the Kenya Music Festivals under the tutelage of their choirmaster, Sylvester Makobi. Ninga Melodies are affiliated with the Permanent Presidential Music Commission and often perform at State House.

The Classical Evening Club thrives on sheer musical pleasure, so all events are complimentary. So set aside your plans for Thursday 10th May. Come to The Michael Joseph Centre from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. and indulge in an evening of beautiful music that's pitched just right with no damage to your pocket! As always, there's ample parking and safe access to public transport, so see you there!

This is for you!

It isn't every day you see a lady on the saxophone, but in her own words, this show is for you! Christine Kamau has proved herself as an extraordinary musician by any standards. She's skilled on the sax and the trumpet, and is also a noted composer.

Her band includes bass guitarist Isaac Khakula, keyboardist Ken Simiyu, guitarist Matthew Makumi, drummer Daniel Macharia, and fellow saxophonist Emmanuel Kute, who also plays the flute.

Christine's genre of choice is afro-jazz, and she has worked with Cameroon-based producer, Romeo K, to produce her debut album, 'This is for you'. The album is set for launch on the 26th of April, 2012, and Christine will be celebrating the launch at The Michael Joseph Centre. She will perform live with her band, belting out tracks from the album. These tracks include Conversations, African People, and Ulisema.

The album launch starts at 7.00 p.m. and runs until 9.00 p.m., so set aside the evening for some relaxing jazz and a celebration of immense local talent. Be sure to bring your wallet, because once you've had a taste of Christine, you're bound to want more, and the album will be on sale at the concert.

Entry is 400/= and tickets are available at the gate, so don't miss it!

Upendo wa Mama from Sauti Academy

The Kenya Conservatoire and countless other schools train classical musicians. But did you know there’s a school in Kenya that trains artistes in showbiz? Penya Africa is a Kenyan Company dedicated to helping artistes create viable careers from their music. Penya Africa consists of three main departments – a record label, a music school, and an outreach programme.

Penya Africa Record Label selects and develops outstanding innovative musicians, then manages, produces, promotes, exposes and distributes their high quality music to the local & global market.

The Sauti Academy runs a one-year training programme for selected singers and rappers. Lessons include weekly voice lessons, music theory, piano lessons as well as music business workshops. Upon graduations, students are expected to to start and sustain a (semi)professional career in the music industry. Graduates include Dempsey & Elani, who are currently working on their debut albums. Finally, Penya Outreach Programmes equip students and artistes with a sense of social responsibility and character through teaching music to the less fortunate.

Why are we telling you all this? Because it’s Closing Day! Come to the Michael Joseph Centre on 31st March from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. for Upendo wa Mama, a special end-of-term concert presented by Sauti Academy. Tickets cost 250/= in advance and 350/= at the gate. Come and see what the school has to offer, and who knows, you just might get spotted as a potential student!

Ndani ya Ma3!

Ma3 – pronounced ‘mathree’ - is a quirky, 6-piece, Afro Pop band from Nairobi. The band borrowed its name from the inescapable public transport mini-vans that dot cities in Kenya and all over Africa. The magical Nanjira leads Ma3 as the band’s vocalist and front(wo)man. The rest of the band includes young electric guitar prodigy, Kato. Kato just happens to be an intellectual property lawyer, and is probably the only one in Kenya that has a prolific music career on the side! Karimi rules on acoustic guitar, and Tim Rimbui, producer extraordinaire, mans the keyboards. The band also boasts Alan Wanjohi on Bass and Muraya on Drums.

In the two short years that Ma3 has been in existence, the band has played all the major concert spaces including Sauti za Busara Festival 2011 - Zanzibar, Kinanda Arts Festival, B&W, and All that Jazz fest, as well as playing at countless smaller shows in and around Nairobi. Ma3 was one of the stellar bands playing on East Africa’s Biggest TV show, Tusker All Stars in 2011. The show had an estimated 10 million viewers.

Ma3’s sound is that of young, contemporary, urban Africa, mixing soulful English & Swahili lyrics with spell binding guitar riffs built on a solid rhythm section. Their first album, Beba Beba, has received critical acclaim, and has a huge following both online and offline. On the 29th of March, Ma3 invites you to share the spectacular musical event Shukisha Ma3, which will feature music of the Beba Beba album. The show starts at 7.30 p.m. and as always, there will be ample parking and access to public transport. Entry is 400/= and details are available by calling 0728306630. See you there!

Welcome to the Facebook Chamber Concert!

In this era of social networking it should come as no surprise that Zeze was formed during a casual, back-and-forth Facebook chat. The initial idea was to start a piano quintet, but the number of string players who showed interest could clearly not be accommodated in a quintet!

The idea morphed into forming an all-string ensemble to promote the playing of music in a chamber setting. Another aim was to play less-performed works and explore music by sometimes neglected composers while contributing ideas as an advanced chamber ensemble.  The name, Zeze, comes from the name of a Tanzanian stringed instrument.

Currently, the Zeze Ensemble has 14 members who play the violin, viola, and cello. During performances, Karis Crawford, Etta Madete, Geoffrey Oketch, Dan Mwai and Brian Sempele play Violin I. Violin II is handled by David Ralak, Grace Muriithi, Leo Salasya, and Gershom Talei. Kinyanjui Njogu and Timothy Mwangi play the viola, while Kwame Nyong’o and Sally Clark are on cello. Shiro Karuri is the resident expert on the Double Bass.

On the 15th of March 2012, Zeze will be performing live at The Michael Joseph Centre from 7.00 p.m. Annalee Whitehead will be on stage as a guest pianist, and together, Zeze will perform pieces by Vivaldi, Haydn, Bloch, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, and others. There is plenty of free parking as well as access to public transport, and entry is free, so lay aside your worries and enjoy an evening of chamber music in style.

Wamathai Spoken Word

Wamathai Spoken Word is a key event in Nairobi's Art Calendar. On this night, poets get to share their souls and talent with others who love verse. It started out with a few poems and has now expanded into music and photography.

On Saturday the 10th  of March, The Michael Joseph Centre will host Wamathai March, with performances by poets and word lovers that include Wanjiku Mwaura, Mwende Ngao, Mike Kwambo, Kuni Mbichi, Tear Drops, Kaffy Mwangi, Gathoni, Le Cleric, Kennet B, Nuru Bahati, Sentimental Floetry [Namatsi Lukoye, Carol Njenga and Vivian Wambui], Ben Tena, Kay Kay, Amos, and many more.

Spoken Word isn't just about poetry. There will be musical performances by Kenya's premier House Band, Sounds Like a Plan [SLAP] and Kevin Mbulaa. There will also be an exhibition of photography by Sami Khan. The event will be held together seamlessly by the gifted hands and cheerful personas of Sam Buggz and Wanjeri Gakuru.

It all begins at 4.00 p.m. and will run until 7.00 p.m. so leave your evening open. Tickets cost 300/= in advance and you can buy yours at the reception of the Michael Joseph Centre. You can also get your advance tickets via M-PESA through 0704090471. Tickets will also be available at the gate for 400/=.

To find out more about the minds and voices behind this event, follow Wamathai on Twitter: @Wamathai, visit his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wamaathai, or call 0704090471. Join us as we experience this soulful event, and you'll be sure to add it to your calendar.

Suits N Mics

Kenyan hip-hop often addresses social issues, so the public associates it with rebellion and violence. This makes music lovers avoid concerts, which harms the potential livelihood of talented young artistes. Hip-hop has an unpleasant reputation all over the world, but most times, the gangsters are gentlemen on the inside.

Suits and Mics is a live music experience that is the first step in rebranding the image of Kenyan Hip-hop. The concert aims to show that G's can be gentlemen, and it will repackage and present Kenyan Hip-hop as the complex and enviable art that it truly is. All performances will be backed by live bands, to show the mastery of these artistes.

Suits and Mics will be hosted at The Michael Joseph Centre on the 9th of March 2012, and will feature Kenyan Hip-hop Artiste Jemedari as the main act. He will share the stage with guest artistes Checkmate and Pepe Haze. The concert will showcase artistes with different approaches, interpretations, and talent bases, and everything will be in the capable hands and mic of PointBlank Evumbi.

The event will introduce the first of many sessions where hip-hop artistes will be transformed from 'hustling thugs' into smart musical entrepreneurs. They will be equipped with the skills, resources, and guidelines to empower them. In addition to live performances, Suits and Mics will later introduce themed talks by leading investors from key sectors and industries like banking, investments, music production, and even record labels!

To be a part of this paradigm shift, come by The Michael Joseph Centre from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. on the 9th of March, 2012. Tickets are 300/= and you can get more information by calling the following numbers: 0723 237 869 / 0723 712 507 / 0708 083 798. There is adequate parking and easy access to public transport, so bring your posse and be part of this positive Kenyan Hip-hop Revolution!

International Women's Day

The 8th of March is International Women’s Day, and as a pre-celebration, The Michael Joseph Centre will be playing host to a concert branded ‘Woman’. This unique event will feature 16 key women in the Kenyan entertainment industry. These talented performers are taken from a broad spectrum ranging from poetry and media to the legal profession.

The leading ladies on stage include June Gachui, Ngwatilo, Sentimental Floetry, Christine Kamau, Liz Njoroge, Ma3 The Band, Sara Mitaru, Dorothy Ghettuba, Kathy Kiragu, Sage, Murfy's fLaw, Essy of Aziza Band, Nicole Maloba, Kasiva, Viola Karuri and Amare Poeta. With acts ranging from free verse to ne-soul and rock, the night is bound to provide a potpourri of celebration that won’t be strictly feminine.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Connecting Girls: Inspiring Futures.’ As part of this central idea, all proceeds from the concert will go towards Huru’s Reusable Sanitary Pad Project. The project was launched in January 2008 in partnership with America Share, the non-profit arm of Micato Safaris. It is devoted to assisting Kenyans girls in School. Research revealed that girls in Nairobi slums often scavenge for used and discarded pads or use old cloths, toilet paper, bits of mattresses, or sheets of newspaper as makeshift pads. To resolve this, Huru designed a Reusable Sanitary Napkin (RSN) program that is currently being launched in Kenya.

The initiative revolves around the distribution of Huru Empowerment Kits, each of which comes packaged in a drawstring bag that also functions as a backpack. Each pack has 8 Reusable Sanitary Napkins, three pairs of underwear, soap to wash the pads, an educational insert featuring information on proper pad usage, HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual and reproductive health 9in both English and Swahili), and a waterproof bag to safely store used pads.

Join us on the 7th of March from 7.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. as we connect with these talented artistes, contribute for a crucial cause, and usher in ‘Woman’. Entry is only 500/= and can be purchased at the Michael Joseph Centre reception desk. There’s plenty of safe parking, as well as direct access to public transport.

This is Bengenge!

The late E-Sir once rapped about lyrical tongue-twisters, but it’s unlikely that Bengenge is what he had in mind. The word is fairly difficult to pronounce, but the experience is one that your entire being will thank you for. If you’ve watched The Villagers Band perform before, then you know what you’re in for, but if not, a concert by The Villagers Band is a great way to start the month of March.

The Villagers Band has 11 members, and includes a complete brass section. Under the leadership of Chris Adwar, the band is known for its special blend of African Fusion. They coined the name Bengenge to describe their musical genre and style. All members of the band are professional musicians who’ve been in the music business for years. The Band has been together since 2005, and were the official band for Tusker All Stars 2011. They also pioneered the talk-show-band genre in The Hatua Show.

In 2008, The Villagers Band were featured in the Urban Legends series at Carnivore, and they have two studio albums including The Norfolk Hotel, which they released in 2010. Band members include Tim Riungu, Kenny Nyagah, Asaph Uzele, Omamu Ndashia, Moses Odumbe, Tim Riungu, Moses Watatua, Julius Kibere, Albert Obaga, Jobie Mtukampuni, Jordan Karanja, Kokan Keleue.

The Band will treat your musical senses to a feast on the 2nd of March from 7.30 p.m. This musical celebration will take place at the Michael Joseph Centre, and as always, it’s an event that you don’t want to miss. Don’t worry about parking meters and clamps – we have plenty of free, secure parking. There’s also direct access to public transport, so don’t let anything stop you from attending! Tickets are available online at www.ticketsasa.com, but you can also buy tickets at the Michael Joseph Centre. Each ticket goes for only 500/= so you have no reason to miss this event. Mark your calendars!

Just Imagine Presents Makadem Send Off!

A son of our own soil has shared the stage with Sean Kuti & Egypt 80, Oliver Mtukudzi, Soweto Kinch, Baaba Maal, Mahotella Queens, Lokua Kanza, Glen Washington, and many others! By walking among giants, Makadem has proved that he’s a giant himself, and now you have chance to be imbued with the flavour of his work! .

Makadem is on his way to France for three months, so we’re sending him off in style! He is known for his authentic style, a mix of traditional Luo genres like Nyatiti, Ohangla, and Benga fused with energetic rhythms, dance beats, and catchy tunes. He describes his sound as contemporary Benga, and his Electric Bengaloo Concert is a live performance of superior calibre - the perfect way to mark a leap year!.

For an evening filled with Vibrant Afrobeat, Poetry, and Dance, come by The Michael Joseph Centre on Wednesday the 29th of February, 2012. The show will run from 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and there’s plenty of safe parking available, so you don’t have to worry about your car. Public transport is readily accessible as well, so bring a lot of friends. Tickets cost 500/= and are available at the Michael Joseph Centre reception desk .You can also find out more by calling 0722-706581 or visiting Makadem on Facebook at www.facebook.com/olovamakadem.

Afrology Presents “The Exhibition: Accessorized Music”

With a name as evocative as Afrology, you know you’re in for an interesting afternoon. Afrology The Band is a four piece ensemble that specializes in Afro-soul and Jazz. The Band was started by Andrew M.Wambua in 2008, to quell his musical fervour and ambition. The Band describes its sound as conscious, and their desire is to share their passion and give society a voice.

On the 25th of February from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m., Afrology The Band will spread this consciousness at Safaricom’s Michael Joseph Centre on Waiyaki Way. The event promises a buffet of neo-soul as Afrology shares the stage with other famed Kenyan artistes including Antoneosoul and The Paragasha Band, as well as Christine Kamau and the African People. There is plenty of parking, child-friendly inspiration, and fun, so be sure to bring the family.

The beauty of the day will not be restricted to sound. Performances will be coupled by an exhibition of African Accessories that speak to the spirit and soul of African Art. Exhibitors include Eqochique, Enitan Kenya, Fashion2Die4, Henry, Mickey, Creatives Academy Africa, Haute Lifestyle, and RTW Stlyez.

To immerse yourself in the potpourri of African Expression, call 0722626169. Tickets cost just 300/= and you can find out more online by following Afrology The Band on Twitter : @AfrologyTheBand. You can also find the band on Facebook. Set aside the 25th of February, and in the words of the band, ‘Let’s change the world a beat at a time.’

“Feel It” with Yunasi

On the 17th of February 2012, the Michael Joseph Centre will be proud to host “Feel It”, a special Valentines Concert by the Internationally acclaimed band, Yunasi. They are probably best known for their 2007 hit single, “Usilewe” that hit Kenyan airwaves by storm.

Ngalah, a member of Yunasi describes their style thus: “We sing about happiness, we sing about all these wars, we sing about AIDS. We really try to put the message through our songs, whilst at the same time making the whole show very danceable'

Yunasi have been named BBC 'Next Big Thing', winning the prestigious title ahead of over 2000 acts from 88 countries. For originality, songwriting and performance they were judged 'overwhelmingly the best'.

With top music industry and world media awards, massive international festival performances and growing worldwide recognition it's only a matter of time before Yunasi seriously hit the big leagues of the global music scene.

Come watch their stage performance with support of the ‘Solfa Tamu’ band and a special guest performance by Wyre.

The 2-hour show, which will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday the 17th, will no doubt be a great way to wind up your week, help you to unwind and begin your weekend on a high – and musical – note. Advance tickets are available for only 500/-. You can get yours from the Michael Joseph Centre reception desk or by emailing simon.hewett@yunasi.com. Tickets are limited so you might want to grab some for you, your friends and family as soon as you can.

Ndoto: A Story of Urban Hopes and Dreams

Great news for lovers of Afro-fusion! The Michael Joseph Centre will on Friday 27th January host some of the most talented Afro-fusion artistes in the country. The concert dubbed “Ndoto: A Story of Urban Hopes & Dreams” will feature two of the best Afro-Fusion bands, Lele and Aziza.

Lele, which is Swahili for “Mwanzo wa Ngoma” (Beginning of Music) consists of four extremely gifted artistes: Kevin Koech Charles Kahiro, Barbra Guya and Charles Bodo. They will be bringing to the stage their mix of Afro music, Neo-Soul, Jazz and Rock. Aziza, best known for Afro-Soul, is comprised of a highly talented and passionate trio: Enos Olik, Maurice Manani and Sequira Mogere. The sound of their guitar and violin speaks for them!

The 2-hour show, which will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, will no doubt be a great way to wind up your week, help you to unwind and begin your weekend on a high – and musical – note. Advance tickets are available for only 300/- from any member of the two bands or at DVD Centre, Lonrho House, 2nd floor. You can also call Ticket Hotlines: 0728621571 & 0721759510. It’ll be 400/- at the gate; so get yours now and save – and don’t forget your family and friends!

Nairobi Drum Jam Festival

It’s beat time again – the Nairobi Drum Jam Festival is back!

The Nairobi Drum Jam Festival is back! This spectacular drumming event will be re-launched at the Michael Joseph Centre on Sunday, January 22nd from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will parade both upcoming and some of the most talented drummers from Nairobi. The event will also be graced by 2 top drummers from Denmark who will showcase their drumming mastery as they exchange drumming techniques with Kenyan drummers.

Drumming is not just an art; it’s part of most African cultures. Different drum beats were used in many African communities to communicate different messages like birth of a child, death, marriage, war etc. Mobile phones may have come to Africa just recently, but wireless communication via drums has been practised in Africa for centuries! It’s not a wonder then that the drum remains, so to say, the heartbeat of African culture.

The Nairobi Drum Jam is an event that’s sure to appeal to both young and old. Come along; bring your family, friends and colleagues. Tickets are only 200/- for a solid 4-hour exhilarating drumming experience.

Ricky Nanjero and the Marafiki band

Jazz music has its roots in Africa, and tonight, you can share a little bit of jazz, Kenyan Style. Visit the Michael Joseph Centre for the best of Afro Jazz starring bass guitarist Ricky Nanjero and friends, better known as The Marafiki Band.

To give this jazz night a bit of extra pep, Atemi Oyungu and Aaron Krucial Rimbui will be on stage, belting out some of the best loved hits, and possibly some rhythms you may not have heard before.

This tasteful jazz event begins at 6.00 p.m. on the 14th of December, and the beat will go on until 9.00 p.m. Tickets are available for 1,000/= at the gate, with an advance ticket retailing at 800/= via PesaPal. For further details, call 0750318616, 0732276428, or 0723982528.

Welcome to the Bengenge Experience

The word may be hard to pronounce, but the experience is one that your entire being will thank you for. The Villagers Band will treat your musical senses to a feast on the 13th of December from 7.00 p.m. This musical celebration will take place at the Michael Joseph Centre, and as always, it’s an event that you don’t want to miss. The Villagers Band has 11 members, and includes a complete brass section. The band is known for its special blend of African Fusion, a musical style they have labeled Bengenge. Tickets are available online at www.ticketsasa.com, but you can also buy tickets at the Michael Joseph Centre. Each ticket goes for 500/= so you have no reason to miss this event. Mark your calendars!

The Pianist

The Piano is a beautiful instrument. It can be loud, gentle, poignant, moving – even violent when wielded by the right hands. It plucks your very sinews as it speaks in chords and sound. Join us at the Michael Joseph Centre as we fete two deities of the piano world.
First, Polish legend Janus Olejniczak, The Pianist, who has wooed this instrument his whole life and has endless awards to show for it. He’s a performer and a teacher, and has recorded numerous albums including the soundtrack to Roman Polanski’s epic film, The Pianist.
Second, our very own protégé, Dan Abisi. At barely 17 years, and with just two years or music tuition, Dan came third in the Kenya Young Musician of the Year Contest. He plays the piano and other instruments, in addition to his  fantastic singing voice. He credits his teachers for his skill. He enjoys performing pieces by Chopin, Beethoven and Lizst, who are all known for the complex styles and arrangements.

Come delight in these two pianists from different age and cultural generations and get inspired by their highly gifted fingers. The Recital starts at 6.30 p.m. on Friday the 25th of November at The Michael Joseph Centre.
RSVP to Gosia Olsen: Nairobi.secretary@msz.gov.pl or call (+254 20) 7120019/20/12.

Murfy's fLaw

How well do you know the Kenyan Rock Scene? Did you even know we had one? Well, we do. There are tons of Kenyan Rock Bands, and they meet every month for band battles and peer sessions. Some of these bands even have albums and live shows!

Here’s your chance to meet one of these bands – Murfy’s fLaw. The band, which consists of Reema, Jozzie, 9ine, Punky, Jojo, and Njeri, has already released one studio album – Makosa. Tracks from their debut album have received favourable airplay, and the band has even produced videos for some of their more popular tracks including Rumours, Contagious, and In Silence.

Murfy’s fLaw is now ready with their second album – Hello Light. They’ll be launching this album at the Michael Joseph Centre on Saturday the 12th of November starting from 7.00 p.m. Entry is only 500/= so come along and mingle with Kenyan Rock’s finest. You might even get an autograph!

To find out more about the event and the band, you can follow them on Twitter: @flawbymurfy. You can book tickets by phone: 0733423200 or you can email the band: flawbymurfy@gmail.com.

Murfy’s fLaw press kit

Fashion

Mcensal School Of Fashion

The New Dawn of Fashion, another exciting fashion show, is happening at the Michael Joseph Centre. This time, the event is organised by Mcensal School Of Fashion. Mcensal School of Fashion Design is an offshoot of Mcensal Fashion House which is a renowned fashion business in Nairobi. Mcensal has been in operation for 15 years and has validated itself as a powerhouse in the fashion industry owing to its unique creativity, high standards of workmanship and professionalism.

Launched in 2009, Mcensal School of fashion has quickly become the top fashion college in Kenya. Offering certification from Edexel Btech, the college is primed to produce the next generation of gifted fashion designers set to revolutionize and influence the fashion industry in Africa as well as competitors who will stand out in the international fashion platform.

On the runway will be the Akemi Designers. Be at the Michael Joseph Centre on June 29 from 6.30PM and witness as they showcase their designs. Entry is Ksh 1800 only. Tickets are available at MJC, Mcensal School of Fashion and Absolute Juice Yaya Center. Don't miss!

On the Runway

Kendra's Fashion House presents On the Runway, the 2013 winter-spring collection. The show will feature artists like Laura Irungu, Naitore, Joan Gichana and a special performance from Muthoni Ndonga. Tickets are only Ksh 1,500 or VIP tickets at Ksh 3,000 which will also serve as a voucher if you wish to buy pieces of the runway. There will also be red carpet interviews that you don't want to miss!

During the show, Kendra's Fashion house will be showcasing clothes and fashion pieces ideal for the cold season in Kenya

Venue: Michael Joseph Centre

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Don't miss a night of 'fabulosity'!

Fashion Cafe

Fashion defines you and portrays your character as a person. The Michael Joseph Centre is proud to host the Fashion Café on Friday the 6th of April from 6 pm in a once in a life time opportunity to see Kenya’s upcoming fashion houses display the best they have to offer.

Fashion Cafe is a premiere fashion event that will give consumers great bargains on fashion and apparel while bringing together industry players, media, buyers and consumers to strengthen the industry through networking and innovation.

Every edition will highlight a specific cause and donate funds towards it.

As an irresistible fashion indulgence and enticing sample marketplace for unbridled creativity and networking, Luxury Lifestyle Curators aim to build a memorable “Haute Couture” affair that will highlight the best local fashion mavericks. From  Nick Adongo of Ankara Vintage, Beatrice Wanjiru Wairegi of Cici Collection, Mohamed Bana of Daliyah Designs and Galina Tatarinova of Only You House Of Fashion, the region’s upcoming fashion houses and designers will be displaying the best of what they have to offer.

Enjoy a rich networking platform for investors, designers, talents and artists, bloggers and media personalities for an evening of a unique marketplace full of bargains and tantalizing cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres.

The dress Code will be casual chic and red-carpet ready!

The entrance fee is Ksh1500 for a regular ticket and Ksh3000 for a VIP ticket. 10% the proceeds will go towards the 100 girls in 100 days campaign (http://www.100girlsin100days.co.ke).

This campaign will strive to ensure that at least 100 girls receive school supplies or scholarships to decrease the economic burden on their families. To buy tickets, call 0720054829 or 0712503663.

Poetry

Femenino - A Woman's World in Music & Tales

This month we are celebrating women. Join us at the Michael Joseph Centre on the 23rd of March for Femenino - A woman's world in music and tales. This event is for those women who want to share notes with other women, and for men to learn about the woman's world. There will be music, dance and poetry performances by various musical artists and poets.

Let's all come together to talk about the woman's world and different aspects of the life of a woman. Event will also feature a photo exhibition by Koa.

Show starts at 4:00 PM.

Entry is 500/-

Performers:

Wanjiku Mwaurah: Poet and performing artist; she has taken to the stage numerous times in the Kenyan poetry scene and has further been honoured to grace the Johannesburg Arts alive international festival, held in J'burg Sept 2010 where she performed alongside international artiste Queen Godis (NY,USA) and some of the leading South African Poets like Mphutlane Wa Bofelo, Qbibo intalektual (Swaziland) Napo Masheane (South Africa) an experience she cites as 'Educatively entertaining'.
Read more about her at: http://wanjikumwaurah.wordpress.com

Sitawa Wafula: She is a poet who focuses on social justice & host of a monthly poetry night in Nairobi, Sitawa Ignited. Sitawa is also an Event planner & Afro-funky jewelry Designer. She's a Feather Awards 2010 nominee (Arts) and also an East Africa Philanthropy Awards 2012 nominee (individual category).
"I use poetry as an avenue of advocacy to talk about my sexual violence ordeal and my mental health issues openly that saw me appointed as Kenya's mental health ambassador in August 2010."

Namatsi Lukoye: A journalist, a writer, a story teller, and a poet, Namatsi brings you beauty and the sunshine that makes the woman. You can learn more about her at http://joinamatsi.blogspot.com/

Amare Poeta: Amare Poeta is a writer and a poet who is famous for her Vagina Trilogy pieces. She has performed in many events and published in several blogs. You can see her works at http://aumaj.wordpress.com/

Lele Band: An eclectic urban mix of Afro and Soul. Lele in Swahili means 'Mwanzo wa Ngoma' (the Beginning of music). Lele has set out to create a new, different Afro sound that combines Rock, Benga and Afro-soul. With their songs, they aim to influence society positively, express themselves and share their love for music.
Members: Kevin Koech – (Guitar/ Vocals), Kate Miano – (Vocals), Jack Odindo – (Percussions), Charles Bodo – (Vocals), Jack Towett – (Bass Guitar), Josh Masese – (Keys)

Pitch 5: Pitch 5 is a five member gospel band that was incepted on January 9th 2011. Their purpose is to change lives and minister about the love of Christ to the community and beyond.
Members: Polycas Mosomi(Vocals and Keys), Maureen Atieno(Vocals), Charles Kahiro(Vocals and Rythm guitar), Daniel Kibe(Bass Guitar) and John Nganga(Drums).

Wamathai Spoken Word September

Wamathai Spoken Word is back again, promising an entertaining event that showcases veteran and up-and-coming poets from all over Kenya. The event also features music from young and talented musicians and photography from seasoned photographers.

The event, which will be hosted at the Michael Joseph Centre on Saturday the 22 September, will be graced by poets and word lovers including El Poet, Raya Wambui, Young Nnoiz and Black Skillz.

There will also be musical performances by Waithera, Patoh and Peter Nyabuto, as well as an art exhibition by Nduta Kariuki and Ian Weswa. Event facilitators will be Pinky Ghelani and Mark Kaigwa.

Time: 3pm-7pm

Charges: Ksh300 in advance & Ksh400 at the gate

Buy advance tickets by sending cash via M-PESA 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.


Wamathai spoken word

For almost a year now, a renowned Kenyan poet - Wamathai - has hosted a monthly event fondly known as Wamathai Spoken Word. On this night, poets from all over the country get to showcase their work to like-minded wordsmiths and lyricists. The event has grown from a handful of regulars to a vibrant poetry community, and now, Wamathai Spoken Word has found a new home.

On Saturday the 3rd of December, the Michael Joseph Centre will host Spoken Word for the second time, with performances by poets and word lovers that include Wanjiku Mwaura, Asali, Pearl, Jeremy Levinger, Lonesome Bounty, Kennet B, Nuru Bahati, Kevin 'Man Njoro', MK, Abu Sense, Claude Baus, Miss Soulful, Ngatia, Dave Ndirangu, Aisha Salim, Ami, Mugambi Nthiga, Vickie Zosi, and Mark Anthony. As a special treat, Alexia Waweru, a participant on the currently running Alter Ego exhibition, will make her big debut. You may remember her from Safaricom's Alter Ego Exhibition, so be sure to come watch as she takes a step towards her dream.

Spoken Word isn't just about poetry. There will be musical performances by Elani and Afrology, as well as a sneak preview of poetographs from the Koroga II Project which opens the following week. Each image in the exhibition is inspired and fused with rhythm and rhyme. The event will be held seamlessly together by the gifted hands of Anyiko Owoko and Robert Kunga.

It all begins at 4.00 p.m. and will run until 7.00 p.m. so leave your evening open. Tickets cost 300/= in advance and you can buy yours at the reception of the Michael Joseph Centre or online via www.ticketsasa.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate for 400/=.

To find out more about the minds and voices behind this event, follow Wamathai on Twitter: @Wamathai, visit his Facebook page, www.facebok.com/wamaathai, or call Wamathai on 0722352239. Join us as we experience this soulful event, and you'll be sure to add it to your monthly calendar.

Suits N Mics

Kenyan hip-hop often addresses social issues, so the public associates it with rebellion and violence. This makes music lovers avoid concerts, which harms the potential livelihood of talented young artistes. Hip-hop has an unpleasant reputation all over the world, but most times, the gangsters are gentlemen on the inside.

Suits and Mics is a live music experience that is the first step in rebranding the image of Kenyan Hip-hop. The concert aims to show that G's can be gentlemen, and it will repackage and present Kenyan Hip-hop as the complex and enviable art that it truly is. All performances will be backed by live bands, to show the mastery of these artistes.

Suits and Mics will be hosted at The Michael Joseph Centre on the 9th of March 2012, and will feature Kenyan Hip-hop Artiste Jemedari as the main act. He will share the stage with guest artistes Checkmate and Pepe Haze. The concert will showcase artistes with different approaches, interpretations, and talent bases, and everything will be in the capable hands and mic of PointBlank Evumbi.

The event will introduce the first of many sessions where hip-hop artistes will be transformed from 'hustling thugs' into smart musical entrepreneurs. They will be equipped with the skills, resources, and guidelines to empower them. In addition to live performances, Suits and Mics will later introduce themed talks by leading investors from key sectors and industries like banking, investments, music production, and even record labels!

To be a part of this paradigm shift, come by The Michael Joseph Centre from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. on the 9th of March, 2012. Tickets are 300/= and you can get more information by calling the following numbers: 0723 237 869 / 0723 712 507 / 0708 083 798. There is adequate parking and easy access to public transport, so bring your posse and be part of this positive Kenyan Hip-hop Revolution!

Language of the Streets

Poetry is a language of dreams, a language of imagery and rhythm through which we glimpse the journey behind our lives. These are the words of Hisia Zangu, a gifted group of poets who will grace the Michael Joseph Centre on the 16th of December for Street 16.

Namatsi Lukoye will join other poets from the Hisia Zangu group, including Amare Poeta, Carol Njenga, Abu Sense, El Poet, and Teardrops, for an evening of passion in rhythm, rhyme, and Sentimental Floetry.

This festival of verse and spoken word will be lent a tune by Viv Wambui, Luki Wilson, Bedslum, Checkmate, Raggz, and JKD. Come feed your ears, your heart, and your soul on this night of lyrical and aural beauty.

Street 16 starts at 6.30 p.m. on the 16th of December, and runs until 8.30 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate for 250/=, but you can get yours in advance for only 200/=. For more information on ticketing, call 0720452597 or 0700393931.

Ngwatilo

This July, flanked by some of Kenya's most talented and vibrant singers and musicians whom you know and love, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo shall share some of her newest poems and a few favorites in a new exclusive collaborative experiment of poetry and music.

Ngwatilo is a project unlike anything you've seen on performance stages in Kenya, and those of you who came to The Puesic Project last year know Ngwatilo is not afraid to break new ground.

So mark off Friday, July 8th 2011. As always we start at 7pm prompt, although we encourage you to arrive earlier. The venue is the swanky Michael Joseph Centre situated within Safaricom House, Westlands.

How to book: 0702 845533 or email tickets@ngwatilo.com – to RSVP or purchase tickets via M-PESA. We do encourage you to finalize your purchase ahead of time: Advance Tickets are Ksh500, Gate Tickets- Ksh 800. 

*Ample Secure Parking Available at the venue. Bring a friend!

So what has Ngwatilo been up to lately?! Follow her on Twitter & Facebook to hear it first!

Inspiration & Joy

- the Ngwatilo team!
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"Blue Mothertongue" ISBN: 9966-05-230-5, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo's first collection of poems is "youthful, fresh, and a joy to read." - Stephen Partington

"a worthy testament to her times." - John Sibi-Okumu

Electronic Press Kit

Creative Workshops

Spanner Breakfast

Creatives garage is inviting you for the second Spanner Breakfast. This is a forum for all creatives to interact and learn from each other. We held the first Spanner Breakfast on March 3 where we hosted the cast and crew on Nairobi Half Life. In our second edition, we shall be hosting Sauti Sol who will talk about their success, journey and challenges.

Creatives Garage main purpose is to bring Kenyan creatives together, engage in career boosting conversations, gather creative insights and discover inspiring works. This is a great forum for creatives in Kenya to come together, share ideas, inspire, grow together and positively influence the creative industry in Kenya.

The event will be at the Michael Joseph Centre on July 6. Entry is Ksh 1,000 only. Get a chance to interact with these amazing men, take photos, ask questions, chill and get auto-graphs. You can also buy tickets through the Buy Goods using the till number 89652.

Don't miss this chance to throw a spanner to the works.

Creative Business Forum.

On July 3 2012, Creative Community Network hosted a very successful, one of a kind business forum focusing on the creative industry. Another opportunity for you to learn, network, share and exploit opportunities for business growth is coming on September 26, at the Michael Joseph Center.

The Creatives in Business Forum is an exciting open discussion between creative entrepreneurs and panelists comprising of entrepreneurs and leaders from both the private and public sectors. These open forums are an excellent learning platform for the entrepreneurs in various aspects of business and the business environment. The creative entrepreneurs are emerging as a strategic priority in job creation and economic growth and therefore the need to grow the talents to sustainable growth oriented enterprises.

The forum will have three sessions focusing on E-commerce, Intellectual Property and Raising Finance.

The Creative Community Network aims at creating wealth by building businesses in the creative industries through the provision of customized business solutions. It focuses on business skills training, business management consultancy and business networking platforms.

Entry is Ksh 1000 only. You can pay online by visiting www.creativecommunitynetwork.org or via M-PESA; 0705 142 152.

Panelists expected to speak include;

E-commerce 9:00AM - 11:00AM Alvin Okari, Senior Manager, M-PESA Product Development, Safaricom

Intellectual Property 12:00PM - 2:00PM Dr. Marisella Ouma, Executive Director, Kenya Copyright Board

E-commerce 3:00PM - 5:00PM Rishi Khubchandani, General Manager, GroFin Kenya

This is an opportunity any entrepreneur would not want to miss!


Creatives in Business Forum

The Creative Community Network (CCN) is  leading advisory, training and consultancy organization focusing on the global creative and cultural economy. Their objective is wealth creation in the global creative and cultural economy using training, consultancy and networking platforms.

CCN seeks to provide customized, sustainable and practical solutions to exploit the full potential of individuals and organizations. CCN targets individuals and organizations in the creative and cultural economy such as archaeology; tourism; museums; graphic designers; fashion designers; electronic, print and online.

On July 3rd, they will be holding a ‘Creatives in Business’ forum at the Michael Joseph Centre that will offer business skills and training focusing on the creative industry.

The target audience is the creative entrepreneur; be they in information and communication technology, gamers, software developers, app developers, musicians, print & electronic media practitioners, architects, graphic designers, marketers, comedians, actors, fine artists, sculptors, dancers, copywriters, scriptwriters, poets, etc.

Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.
Entry is Free.

nkt_Connect Launch

nkt_ NEWS is an online-based, bi-monthly short news show that will report on the social media trends among the most active web users most of who are aged between 13 - 45 years. The show highlights the most talked about issues focusing primarily on government, corporate, media and news matters as well as general issues.

nkt_ NEWS aims to make the voice of the youth in Kenya more distinct and relevant before government and corporate leaders. They will facilitate meetings to discuss solutions to issues that affect young people in Kenya.

The official launch of nkt_CONNECT TV Show, an entertaining news show, is set for the 18th of May at the Michael Joseph Centre from 6pm-8pm.

This invitation-only event will also feature the screening of 4 current episodes of the news show, a Q&A session with a relevant guest on the current trends of young Kenyans, an artistic exhibition of Kenyan Social Media Trends as well as entertaining live acoustic music. Entry by invitation.

Safaricom Events

Tamu Tamu

Wine & chocolate lovers, wake up and smell the coffee ... sorry, sip the wine & nibble the chocolate! If you fancy yourself a chocolate & wine connoisseur, here comes great news: Safaricom is hosting the first ever wine & chocolate tasting event, the first edition of the TAMU TAMU series, a mélange of events to showcase diverse foods and drinks to tantalize your palate.

TAMU TAMU – another first from Safaricom – is a new forum designed to showcase diverse foods & drinks in various settings (e.g., cooking classes, themed nights, children’s sessions etc). The event, which will be hosted quarterly at the Michael Joseph Centre, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 3rd August 2011 with SNIFF, SWIRL & SIP, an exclusive chocolate and wine tasting session where admission will be by invite only.
 
TAMU TAMU, which is Kiswahili for “sweet delight”, is a must for those who truly appreciate and value the “fine things of life” when it comes to gastronomy.

Creatives in Business Forum

The Creative Community Network (CCN) is  leading advisory, training and consultancy organization focusing on the global creative and cultural economy. Their objective is wealth creation in the global creative and cultural economy using training, consultancy and networking platforms.

CCN seeks to provide customized, sustainable and practical solutions to exploit the full potential of individuals and organizations. CCN targets individuals and organizations in the creative and cultural economy such as archaeology; tourism; museums; graphic designers; fashion designers; electronic, print and online.

On July 3rd, they will be holding a ‘Creatives in Business’ forum at the Michael Joseph Centre that will offer business skills and training focusing on the creative industry.

The target audience is the creative entrepreneur; be they in information and communication technology, gamers, software developers, app developers, musicians, print & electronic media practitioners, architects, graphic designers, marketers, comedians, actors, fine artists, sculptors, dancers, copywriters, scriptwriters, poets, etc.

Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.
Entry is Free.

Suits N Mics

Kenyan hip-hop often addresses social issues, so the public associates it with rebellion and violence. This makes music lovers avoid concerts, which harms the potential livelihood of talented young artistes. Hip-hop has an unpleasant reputation all over the world, but most times, the gangsters are gentlemen on the inside.

Suits and Mics is a live music experience that is the first step in rebranding the image of Kenyan Hip-hop. The concert aims to show that G's can be gentlemen, and it will repackage and present Kenyan Hip-hop as the complex and enviable art that it truly is. All performances will be backed by live bands, to show the mastery of these artistes.

Suits and Mics will be hosted at The Michael Joseph Centre on the 9th of March 2012, and will feature Kenyan Hip-hop Artiste Jemedari as the main act. He will share the stage with guest artistes Checkmate and Pepe Haze. The concert will showcase artistes with different approaches, interpretations, and talent bases, and everything will be in the capable hands and mic of PointBlank Evumbi.

The event will introduce the first of many sessions where hip-hop artistes will be transformed from 'hustling thugs' into smart musical entrepreneurs. They will be equipped with the skills, resources, and guidelines to empower them. In addition to live performances, Suits and Mics will later introduce themed talks by leading investors from key sectors and industries like banking, investments, music production, and even record labels!

To be a part of this paradigm shift, come by The Michael Joseph Centre from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. on the 9th of March, 2012. Tickets are 300/= and you can get more information by calling the following numbers: 0723 237 869 / 0723 712 507 / 0708 083 798. There is adequate parking and easy access to public transport, so bring your posse and be part of this positive Kenyan Hip-hop Revolution!

nkt_Connect Launch

nkt_ NEWS is an online-based, bi-monthly short news show that will report on the social media trends among the most active web users most of who are aged between 13 - 45 years. The show highlights the most talked about issues focusing primarily on government, corporate, media and news matters as well as general issues.

nkt_ NEWS aims to make the voice of the youth in Kenya more distinct and relevant before government and corporate leaders. They will facilitate meetings to discuss solutions to issues that affect young people in Kenya.

The official launch of nkt_CONNECT TV Show, an entertaining news show, is set for the 18th of May at the Michael Joseph Centre from 6pm-8pm.

This invitation-only event will also feature the screening of 4 current episodes of the news show, a Q&A session with a relevant guest on the current trends of young Kenyans, an artistic exhibition of Kenyan Social Media Trends as well as entertaining live acoustic music. Entry by invitation.

Kids in the Centre

Come meet the young maestros who are spreading the creativity bug! The Kids in the Centre concert is a celebration of talent, creativity and art. Anticipate an entertaining afternoon featuring young classical musicians, poets, singers and dancers. Bring your whole family down to the Michael Joseph Centre and celebrate creativity with us!

Meet the Creatives:

Michelle Oguya - Violin

Hehsong Kim - Violin

Hareem Kim - Cello

Crystal Moniz - Flute

Wanjiru Chigiti - Ballerina

Academy of Dance & Art - Ballet

Narthala Cultural Centre - Indian Classical Dance

Ghetto Potential - African Dance & Acrobats

Braeside School Choir

Save the Date:

30 September 2012

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Michael Joseph Centre

Tickets available at the Michael Joseph Centre and Art of Music

Classical Evening Club

This week's Classical Evening Club will have more than just a little twist – it will have morans! Well, not real morans, but it's still a show you don't want to miss. The Morans are a brass band whose mission is 'to bring sexy back to brass.' The group of ex-patcherians, their mentors, and a girl named Marta Moipei mostly perform classical and jazz pieces.

Classical Evening Club will also feature Eliazaro Otieno, a pianist of unfettered brilliance. He learnt his craft at Starehe Boys Centre, under the tutelage of Chris Walters. After getting a taste of the stage during a fundraiser in the UK, he discovered a drive and passion to perfect his piano-playing skills. He has taken part in the Young Musicians Competition, where he won 2nd Prize. He has also played with the Kenya Conservatoire of Music Orchestra.

On the 12th of July, come to the Michael Joseph Centre from 7.00 p.m. for a complimentary performance by these gifted artistes. They discovered their passion in high school, have carried their love of music into adulthood, and are now eager to share it with you. As usual, there will be plenty of secure parking and easy access to public transport, so come enjoy the music!

Wamathai spoken word

For almost a year now, a renowned Kenyan poet - Wamathai - has hosted a monthly event fondly known as Wamathai Spoken Word. On this night, poets from all over the country get to showcase their work to like-minded wordsmiths and lyricists. The event has grown from a handful of regulars to a vibrant poetry community, and now, Wamathai Spoken Word has found a new home.

On Saturday the 3rd of December, the Michael Joseph Centre will host Spoken Word for the second time, with performances by poets and word lovers that include Wanjiku Mwaura, Asali, Pearl, Jeremy Levinger, Lonesome Bounty, Kennet B, Nuru Bahati, Kevin 'Man Njoro', MK, Abu Sense, Claude Baus, Miss Soulful, Ngatia, Dave Ndirangu, Aisha Salim, Ami, Mugambi Nthiga, Vickie Zosi, and Mark Anthony. As a special treat, Alexia Waweru, a participant on the currently running Alter Ego exhibition, will make her big debut. You may remember her from Safaricom's Alter Ego Exhibition, so be sure to come watch as she takes a step towards her dream.

Spoken Word isn't just about poetry. There will be musical performances by Elani and Afrology, as well as a sneak preview of poetographs from the Koroga II Project which opens the following week. Each image in the exhibition is inspired and fused with rhythm and rhyme. The event will be held seamlessly together by the gifted hands of Anyiko Owoko and Robert Kunga.

It all begins at 4.00 p.m. and will run until 7.00 p.m. so leave your evening open. Tickets cost 300/= in advance and you can buy yours at the reception of the Michael Joseph Centre or online via www.ticketsasa.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate for 400/=.

To find out more about the minds and voices behind this event, follow Wamathai on Twitter: @Wamathai, visit his Facebook page, www.facebok.com/wamaathai, or call Wamathai on 0722352239. Join us as we experience this soulful event, and you'll be sure to add it to your monthly calendar.