At the Kenya National Theatre’s Wasanii Restaurant the to start with point you observe when you stroll into the auditorium that properties KIKAOO is the look of utter rest imprinted in everyone’s deal with as they flip to welcome the new comer. Its just starting off and you walked in appropriate on time to hear the lovely hostess introducing herself, in a sweet, sultry voice, as Leez. She gives a short introduction of KIKAOO due to the fact she notices rather a lot of new faces.
KIKAOO is a Swahili word, virtually translated to English as “forum’ and like the title implies it truly is a residence and a melting pot for talents, a lab and house for establishing, making an attempt out and merging new, exclusive and distinctive artwork sorts and strategies. Those who are just commencing out have a likelihood to increase with KIKAOO and those who are aged in the art scene are not still left out. It brings jointly the two artists and art fans and produces a comforting ecosystem for all to be by themselves and to find their innermost feelings. It can best be explained as an night of poetry, storytelling, audio and all things artwork.
KIKAOO, which is a method of Artist Forum Worldwide AFI, has hosted over 1,600 artists on its stage given that it started off on June 6th 2008. The gender parity stands at a ratio of 60:40, the participation of female artists to that of male artists and nearly the same is reflected in viewers attendance. The total accumulative viewers attendance stands at over 7,000.
The KIKAOO stage has hosted tunes teams these as: AZIZA, an Afro-fusion boys’ band. The group was unveiled at KIKAOO in 2008 and celebrated their 1st Anniversary in mid 2009 at KIKAOO. The band has been a frequent visitor ever considering the fact that INKA, a tunes team recently unveiled at KIKAOO ELANI is but a different group that performs at KIKAOO. The band includes of two youthful females and two gentlemen and is a full group of proficient individuals who observed the rhythm and have not let it go. They are blessed with attractive voices which mix perfectly with musical devices producing a soulful intimate ambience FADHILI and NIMO, a pair of university college students whose model of the Kenya Nationwide Anthem is the unofficial KIKAOO adopted anthem LULU, the greatest detail that ever happened to the Kenyan audio scene, a young male musician with a voice that need to have not be magnified, composer of poignant lyrics in the model of (but rivaling the brilliance of) Bongo Songs Earth-the artist to watch in the coming calendar year POETRY ABLAZE, a poetry group OHANGLAMAN MAKADEM the musician driving the earth fame well-known “Obama be thy name’ strike song SAM ONDIEKI of TWAFF Documents PEDAGOGUES DODO, to mention just a fraction of the musical expertise that has adorned KIKAOO’s stage.
Poetry is the main of KIKAOO and has offered numerous a poet the bravery required to ideal their art. Poetry speaks to us in many techniques by it, life’s experiences that we go as a result of are shared, hope and expectations of a people today and dreams of many a soul exposed. The founding father of Artist Discussion board Intercontinental, the mind youngster behind the KIKAOO application hardly ever disappoints in churning out exceptional African poems, inspiring charming really like poems and hilarious folklores, one staying the “the Contests of the Witches” a tale at last very well informed by the poet, Poet J. DEJUOLS Ammbbaassaah be his identify. Far more poets at KIKAOO contain GRAND Grasp MASESE, MOSES MANN- DHAHABU, CHRIS ADWAR, TRACY WAMBUI, MAMA HIDAYA-EUNICE NJAMBI, PAULINA MTOTO MZURI, MO Imaginative!, Mentioned OMAR Explained among many others.
In the spirit of marketing all factors art, film launches are not out of KIKAOO’s spectrum. KIKAOO was privileged to host the Multi Media University students’ motion picture start: “Exposed”. The movie was showcased at the Kenya Intercontinental Movie Pageant thereafter. Apart from that, KIKAOO recognizes the require for the culture to have a forum to talk about pertinent troubles that faces the neighborhood. To this conclude KIKAOO, in conjunction with and in web hosting Pen Intercontinental Kenya Chapter, conducted a sequence of readings of Michela Wrong’s controversial e book about John Githongo’s expos on the corruption that usually takes location in just the corridors of power “It is Our Transform to Try to eat”. The reserve has reportedly been averted by the bookshops for panic that they would be sued for libel as has transpired right before. Hence, in filling the hole KIKAOO remains the voice of the masses and a spot to positively vent out.