Open Mic
Kwani? Open Mic Reloaded July 2011

Open Mic

Kwani? Open Mic Reloaded July 2011

Featuring: Monaja and Valentine Ziki

MC: Cindy Ogana.
Date: 5th July 2011.
Time: 7 -9 pm.
Club Soundd.
Entry: 100 Ksh.

Monaja has gone from living abroad to adjusting to Nairobi life then readjusting to the countryside. He cites culture shock as a significant influence on his unorthodox musical style. "I think I've picked up a lot from the places I've grown up in, that's why my music is very content-oriented and twisted."

He grew up in Langata where his love for music blossomed, playing the piano while listening to musical greats like Dabrat, Shaggy, Fugees, Nas, Bone thugs n harmony and Lost Boyz. Locally, he listened to Eric Wainaina, Shades of Black and Poxi Presha.

He claims K-south Flava as his greatest musical influence.

He began performing in 2004 and went on to doing free shows at Florida 2000 and Club Skiliza in 2005, in Nairobi.

Monaja also hosts Nairobi's Finest" every last Friday of the month at Dass restaurant.

Listen to his music on




Valentine Ziki
Valentine ZIKI is an actress, poet and musician.

Ziki has worked with some of Kenya's most prolific directors and musicians; notably Eric Wainaina under the Rainmaker Company, George Mungai of the Phoenix Theater, Keith Pearson of Theater Company, Sterling Quality and more.

She has also been featured in MNET's series "Changes" and NTV's "Guy Center" and has composed music for jingles and stage plays. Valentine Ziki represents a dynamic crop of emerging artistes in Kenya?'s vibrant music scene. Her voice and style has a sultry and mellow touch, reminiscent of jazz and African artistes that have influenced her over the years. She is currently experimenting with different styles, creating a genre of music which she describes as Nu-soul.

She brings her music and poetry to life in a lively stage act around Nairobi's entertainment hub, popularly known as SANAA FUSION. Hers is a mellow and soulful sound. She sings about love, life and the human condition & tells her story in Swahili, English and in her native Kikuyu. Her first single "Nenda" has already received favorable reviews and she is set to release her debut album later this year.

Booking agent: Mambo Artssy: 254 725 816 126

Website http://www.ziki-mylifeandmusic.b

Listen to his music on:

Youtube Channel

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