Open Mic
Kwani? Open Mic Reloaded November 2011

Open Mic

Kwani? Open Mic Reloaded November 2011

Featured Poets: Best of 2011 Joshua Ogutu and Larry Liza
Featured Artist: 
Anto and Paragasha Band

MC: Cindy Ogana.
Date: 1st November 2011.
Time: 7 -9 pm.
Venue: Club Soundd.
Entry: 200 Ksh.

Joshua Ogutu
Joshua Ogutu is a writer, playwright, poet and performing artist who specializes in storytelling. In June 2011 he performed as part of a storytelling tour at The Hay Festival- Wales, The World Heritage Center and Durham University in the UK. In 2009 he went on tour as a cast member of the critically acclaimed poetry show Cut off My Tongue by Sitawa Namwalie. As a poet his work has been published in the Black History Anthology, a publication of United States International University in Nairobi. His recent play, Are We Here Yet? starring Lydiah Gitachu and Joni Githui premiered in July 2011 at the Braeburn Theatre and is currently on tour.


Larry Liza
Larry Liza is a 28 year-old Kenyan known for his profound and deep poetry esp. in Socio-Eco-Political realm, under his ministry, PETALS OF POETRY. Described as the greatest 'South of Sahara, North of Limpopo, Larry Liza has touched tens of thousands of lives with performances across churches, weddings, NGO, etc. functions across the nation and beyond, and is probably best known for his poem TOYOTA.

Larry is a regular writer of comments and letters in Kenyan dailies.

Larry has represented Kenya beyond the waters through his work on Flamingoes and Kenya's Dandora Damp Site, and is keen on working with the society in achieving the MDG's esp. through Green Energy.

Interests: Poetry, Environmental Conservation & Research, Green Energy and Writing.


Anto and Paragasha Band
There is a new revolution in African music and African sound and Antony Mwangi aka ANTO is one of the leading revolutionaries enchanting Kenyans and soon Africa and the world with a sound that has been described as 'The fresh export of the world'. He is presently 24 years old yet his spontaneity and sheer musical vocal brilliance is testimony to years of experience in musical performance.  "He started to sing when he was only three years old", says his mother, Mrs. Lucy N. Ndung'u "Roberta Flack's 'Killing me softly' was the first song he hummed along to." Since then Anto has performed for the former President of Kenya and even held a private performance for the late Cardinal Maurice Otunga first Kenyan to become an archbishop and a cardinal. His's performances are a showcase of a young man's pursuit of worldly truth as he churns music that demystifies love, hate, pain, joy, childhood, poverty, war, hope and more than anything else he is an ambassador of a new African and Universal Renaissance.

Backed by a 6 piece band, Anto's real world comes alive when on stage and he electrifies the atmosphere combining his unique wide vocal range with a tinge of poetry and dance moves that shake even the calmest of souls to embrace and celebrate life. No stage however big is great enough as music is the platform that unites us all and with a crowd of 2 or 20,000 people he delivers and delivers to the utmost. His musical influences is centered along music that turns an ear with a specific liking for Jazz influences including Nina Simone, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock and African Legends; Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Miriam Makeba and at home, Kenyan Carol Atemi (African Songbird.). No doubt Anto has developed a unique repertoire of musical genre. This talented young man even makes up songs on cue - on a subject of the audience's choice! His lively style of performance and audience engagement have earned him accolade both as a singer and event host.

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