If you have been a participant in the Nairobi art scene in the last ten years or so, you will probably agree that Spoken Word has achieved considerable excellence in the last decade. It has evolved from bar stool open mics, to church shows to individual artists filling auditoriums. One concern though, has been its slow growth in terms of execution. It has been done in a loose performance format and has mostly involved several poets performing around a range of topics at every event.
One show is seeking to challenge and expand the scope of that. It is made up of young artists who have been relentless at making a mark in their respective art forms.
#LosingGrip is a theatrical production meant to push the limits of Spoken word and Music as collaborative forms of performance art in the Kenyan Scene, while exploring the narrative qualities of stage poetry. It is happening on 19th November 2015 at the Goethe Institut auditorium.
The script is written in verse and revolves around one story from beginning to end through ten Spoken Word pieces, though each of them stands alone as an independent poem.
The poetry will be performed by Ngartia, with the support of FlowFlani Wakaba (a human beat-box), Ciano Maimba (vocalist and guitarist), Achieng Otieno ( vocalist from the band Royalty By Black) and Laura Wanjirũ Ekumbo (writer and actress).
This is one place I am sure I will be. How about you?
Event: #LosingGrip by @Ngartia
Venue: Goeth-Instut, Nairobi
Date: Thursday 19th November 2015
Time: 6:00 pm
Tickets: 500 KeS (Advance only – 0715 676 724)