Open Mic
Kwani? Open Mic August Edition 2012

Open Mic

Kwani? Open Mic August Edition 2012

Featured Poet: Ian Kamau
Featured Artist: Dembede Mido (Check Mate)

MC: Cindy Ogana
Date: 7th August 2012
Time: 7 -10 pm
Venue: Club Soundd
Entry: 200 Ksh

Ian Kamau
Ian Kamau is a prolific poet, MC and storyteller out of Toronto, Canada. His name itself is a subject for narration. Born to Trinidadian filmmaker parents with a love for world culture and history they chose to name him Ian; a Gaelic name for John meaning ‘God’s Gift’ and Kamau a Kikuyu name which means the ‘Quiet Warrior’; a distinct name for one who is highly gifted and also very reserved. Growing up artistic has influenced him in what type of wise artist he has become. His ability to communicate through words is something that he was blessed with as a young boy growing up in Toronto and he has grown to become a profound poet with great admiration all over the world. However, Ian prefers to remain on the ground where he gets more satisfaction artistically. The one thing that distinguishes Ian Kamau is that he uses his artistic excellence to for a purpose and that is to influence his community and those of others wherever he goes. His prefers to design his work to arts-based community projects. That side of his life has always run parallel to his artistic life. Making music has taken him around the world; it has opened doors to experiences he never dreamed he would have and has put him in the position to have conversations with a diversity of dynamic, interesting individuals.

He has opened shows for K'Naan, K-OS, Saul Williams, The Roots, Michael Franti, Ben Harper, Ursula Rucker, Talib Kweli and Shad as well as collaborating with the likes of K-OS, Tumi (from Tumi & the Volume), Shad and many more. His connection with Africa is special to him and he loves spending time here performing and connecting with people. His desire is to put his experiences into the world so that he may enter a larger conversation with people in different places. Ian recently released a new album ‘One Day Soon’ where he opens up about his life and times. He is on a mission to get this album to his fans around the world and he is currently in South Africa on tour. Kenya is next.

Dembede Mido (Check Mate)
The ever resilient Checkmate Mido is a human beatbox, poet, musician and actor. He is known for his thought provoking poems and incorporating beatboxing into his performances. In December 2010, at the annual Kenya Music Week, held at the Sarit Centre, he co-released, and is now promoting his 6track EP called “Broken City” with Kennah as his first foray into recording an album, which apart from the two, features various artists such as world renowned percussionist “Tenpar Tella”. Broken City was again relaunched at the secrets lounge on the 3rd of March 2011. Apart from writing his own music and poetry, he had a hugely successful debut as an actor appearing in the popular play “Mayors’ Diary” performed by Ethnic Productions in collaboration with Adcents media (now Kilele Productions), in which he starred as the title character the Mayor. He also played a role in the thriller ''Death & The Estate'' (as Spencer-The Family Lawyer)staged at the Kenya National Theatre from 9th-11th December 2011. Having featured in festivals such as Wapi (words and pictures) in 2011 and Kinanda Arts Festival he has performed at various other poetry nights such as slam Africa, Kwani and Wamathai.

Checkmate can be found at:
Cell no: 0732 321 374
Email: ·

Profiler: Imelda Ofuyo Cell no: 0734 222 566

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