Open Mic
Kwani? Open Mic February 2015 Edition

Open Mic

Kwani? Open Mic February 2015 Edition

Featured Poet: Dorphanage
MC: Cindy Ogana
Date: 3rd February 2015
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. Your ticket is redeemable for a soft drink at Ksh 200, top up for a hard drink of your choice.

Dorphanage is a Nairobi-based spoken word poetry entity that fuses performance poetry with live music from a variety of genres.

The name comes from the lead poet Dorphanage’s stage name and the unveiling of a ‘new age’ to performance poetry.

Dorphanage aims to create poetry that resonates with its audience’s emotions on a wider level that encompasses spirituality, love, interactions, marriage, festivities and the various aspects of daily life.

What Dorphanage as a spoken word poet has been able to create is a blend of free verse, flow, hip-hop, word-play and storytelling to explore historical, social, cultural, political and humanitarian issues while at the same time providing a light humorous touch that provides audiences an experience that is both thought provoking and entertaining.

Through his poetry, he has been able to embrace diverse themes from loss, life, love, patriotism, tribalism, domestic violence, neo-colonialism, bureaucracy, conspiracy theories, dictatorship and social ills on the background of mellow acoustics and vocals from an informed position that is exuded through the performances that are nothing short of an experience


Mutuma Dennis Mutua- Poet/songwriter (September 2014-present)

Kevin Cheif Muriuki – guitar (September 2014-present)

Kendi Nkonge – vocalist (September 2014-present)

Achieng Otieno – vocalist (September 2014-present)

Kimberly Terik- vocalist (August 2014-present)


Kimanzi Mercy- Drummer (November 2014-present) 

Daniel Ndung’u – lead/bass guitar (November 2014-present)


Hii poetry


Ndoa doa

Show me

Black bird





As Dorphan:

Slam Africa


Words Galore

My Night Poetry Night

Street Poetry

NTV AM live

KBC English Service (THINK ART)

Radio Citizen (Mseto Extra)

Meru FM

GBS TV (Between The Lines)

Hisia Zangu poetry workshop

Poetry spot

Eve of poetry

Poetry at the park

Hip-hop Hook up

One One Five Poetry and Bars (Limuru)

Performed in several high schools around the country

As Dorphanage:

 Eve of poetry

Remember KE 2007 memorial ceremony held at Nairobi Museum

Samosa Festival 2014

Storymoja Festival 2014

Sondeka Festival 2014

Zinduka festival 2014 in Arusha

Sanaa Culture

Live love Nairobi festival

Christmas Cantata

Kwani open mic

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