Open Mic
Kwani? Open Mic - September 2013 Edition

Open Mic

Kwani? Open Mic - September 2013 Edition

Featured Poet: Kennet B

MC: Cindy Ogana
Date:  3rd September 2013
Time: 7-9.30 pm
Venue: Arfa Lounge, IMAX Cinema, along Mama Ngina street
Entry: 250 Ksh at the gate.
Advance tickets only via Mpesa at ksh200: Simply select "Buy Goods" on your mpesa menu enter the "Till Number" (56714) follow instructions to complete transaction.

Kennedy Omondi Leakey, known in the spoken word poetry edutainment industry as Kennet B, started mastering word 25 years ago but came to the platform of active performance early 2009, after winning Slam Africa Poetry Championships in Nairobi-Kenya. He had earlier recorded his first spoken word poetry single “Reality Absurdity” which also has a video yet 2 be released.

Driven by the global concern about our depleting atmosphere, which has adverse effects on our green environment and the spread of HIV among the now and old generation, his lyrics are majorly pegged around our social involvement and the daily activities we get involved in, in conserving our environment and living a morally upright life.

With “Word” as the basis of his sound artistic expression, Kennet has been able to put together 4 Spoken Word Poetry albums:

  • Coming of Age
  • Success
  • Twak Galamaoro(A Dholuo spoken word album)
  • New Earth.

Performing at the UN habitat Messenger of Truth Concert mid 2009, proved to Kennet that his environmental concern has some serious global interests and acknowledged this by developing a 1 hectare mixed – tree forest named “NEW EARTH”, where young poets regularly gather at his countryside home in Nyanza to develop their writing and storytelling skills. This project has grown into a writers’ and performers’ spotting and mentoring foundation which connects young poets with self expression platforms.

Kennet’s great passion for “Word” honored him the chance to co-host a live spoken word poetry album on Citizen Radio under Royal Media Services in his home country Kenya, a show whose fan base has immensely grown due to authenticity of the food for thought, an oral delicacy offered every weekend. With Radio Citizen, Kennet has already done 20 visits to Universities, to popularize his life skill concepts among the students and  to help them live wisely in the HIV and AIDS infested world.

As an environmentalist, he doesn’t throw away any seed, he says. His humorous social narratives that are tactfully woven to enable his Educative-Entertainment approach bring taboo topics like HIV&AIDS into public discourse, leaves his audience with the desire to change any overt behavior.

Kennet B has his first book, “The Sheng Anthology” , a collection of 12 thought provoking stories ready for publishing and it is from this that he is set to connect the old art of storytelling with the new language of the now’s generation. It is a set of conflict-laden social narratives aimed at impacting the repeated empathic distress felt when a favorite character is seen in imminent danger. This often enhances the enjoyment of the stories and one sees the resolution of the threat (HIV&AIDS) as the narratives unfold. The book is scheduled to hit bookstores as soon as its mass production is supported.

Facebook: kennet b soundland
Twitter: @kennet_b
Skype: kennetb.poet
Cell: +254725751501

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