Open Mic
Kwani? Open Mic June 2014 Edition

Open Mic

Kwani? Open Mic June 2014 Edition

Featured Poet: Checkmate Mido
MC: Cindy Ogana

Date: 3rd June 2014
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Mama Ngina Street, IMAX Cinema, Arfa Lounge
Entry: 400 Ksh at the gate.
Advance tickets only via Mpesa at ksh300: Simply select "Buy Goods" on your MPesa menu, enter the "Till Number" (56714) and follow instructions to complete transaction.

The multi-talented Checkmate Mido is a poet, human beatbox, hiphop artist and thespian based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is widely known for incorporating beatboxing and deft rhyming techniques into his poetry and music.

He has been actively performing since 2008 at WAPI! (Words and Pictures- A youth forum) and has graced many performance venues in and out of the Country most notably Samosa Arts Festival (Kenya), Storymoja Hay Festival (Kenya), NuVo Arts Festival (Uganda), Festival du Theatre Des Realites (Mali), SPOKEN WOR:L:DS (Germany).

He has since released a collaboration album with his longtime friend Kennah in 2010 dubbed 'Broken City', a solo EP titled Beatbox for My Valentine (2013) and is featured in the compilation album 'SPOKEN WOR:L:DS' (2014).

He had a successful acting debut as the main character in the play Mayor's Diary in 2011 and has since then undergone intense performance training with The Theatre Company of Kenya as well as appearing in numerous plays. Most recently he has directed and provided music for Kimbia, a play celebrating the renowned Kenyan athletes and HERO: Ololosokuan a performance created around the pre-colonial names given to places around Kenya by the Maasai.

Apart from his performances, he teaches expression through the performance arts at the Hanne Howard Fund Lenana, a home for orphans and underprivileged children.

Contact info:
Checkmate Mido

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