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Kwani? Open Mic August 2016 Edition

Open Mic

Kwani? Open Mic August 2016 Edition


Featured Poet: Poet Andrew

MC: Cindy Ogana

Date: August 2, 2016

Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm

Venue: The Phoenix Players, Parliament Rd, Inside Professional Centre

Entry: Kes 300 at the door. Limited advance tickets only via M-pesa "Till Number" (56714) at Kes 200*.

 

*Advance ticketing closes at 6pm.

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Poet Andrew Poet Andrew is a Nairobian poet who grew up in Kasarani listening, mostly, to rap music.

At 13, he joined four other rappers to form a group called JALIHALI, which went on to record two singles. One of the singles — ‘Life ya Mtaa’ — was well received and got much airplay on Ghetto Radio because it spoke about life in the hood.

JALIHALI disbanded a year later as members sought to pursue high school, but Poet Andrew continued to record as a solo rapper. Poet Andrew’s foray into Spoken Word began 2013 as he transitioned from writing rap music to poetry.

This August marks Poet Andrew’s second anniversary as a performer as his first Spoken Word gig was in August 2014. He writes mostly in Kiswahili but also in Sheng, English, KiKamba, Luyha and Dholuo.

He describes himself as a poet who brings words of humour to humans in order to motivate, inspire and transform his society. Poet Andrew calls himself the captain in the flight of poetry.

The Captain has graced over 30 different stages including *Kwani? Open Mic, Mseto Campus Tour in Kilifi, Slam Africa 55th edition, Angaza Show (KBC) Churchill Live (3 acts aired in Qtv) Anticorruption Day and World Refugee Day.

The Spoken Word, to him, is more than art because it is his main work. He is also a songwriter and a motivational speaker.

 

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