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Frida: Screening and Discussion

Calling all filmies, artists and art lovers….
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On Thursday, the 23rd of October from 4.30pm, under the theme ‘Artists and Life’ we will be screening the film ‘Frida’.  
 
Frida is a 2002 Miramax/Ventanarosa biopic which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award-nominated portrayal as Kahlo and Alfred Molina as her husband, Diego Rivera.

The movie was adapted by Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas from the book Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera. It was directed by Julie Taymor. It won two Academy Awards for Best Makeup and Best Original Score.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A which will be facilitated by film director Sam Soko, and journalist Clarissa Maracci.

Call Me Crazy movie screening

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October 10th is World Mental Health Day and my mind my funk will be hosting the screening on the movie, Call me crazy,in line with their #31daysofmentalhealth campaign.

The movie directed by former Friends actress, Jennifer Aniston follows through the daily lives of people living with mental health conditions, among the actors include Jennifer Hudson.

Read more about it on Sitawa Wafula’s blog http://sitawa.blogspot.com/2014/06/why-i-think-everyone-should-watch-call.html

Moi Day Jam

JANGWA CITY presents:

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A three hour performance showcasing underground Kenyan talent including a live band, DJ set, a showcase of contemporary Kenyan literature, graffiti and the highlight, the iconic Hip- Hop act, KALAMASHAKA. Tickets will be availed at the venue at only Yes 500.

Moi Day Jam

JANGWA CITY presents:

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A three hour performance showcasing underground Kenyan talent including a live band, DJ set, a showcase of contemporary Kenyan literature, graffiti and the highlight, the iconic Hip- Hop act, KALAMASHAKA. Tickets will be availed at the venue at only Yes 500.

LAS Mombasa Welcomes #TeamPawa by Oduor Jagero

In this city,more than often,a motorcade of sleek German-made black cars zoom past, gliding after high-powered, high-speeding BMW motorcycles. It’s a sign of power; it’s the big guy’s time all the time. All cars are pulled over. You can feel bad but you should understand that the big guy always has the right of way.
This past weekend,Jambojet gave #TeamPawa the feel of the President. We were picked from the Mombasa-Moi International Airport by the County government police chase car. It was a treat of a lifetime, a treat you only get when your great great grandfather smiles in his grave.
Before I lose you, let me recap on why we were picked from the KICC, Nairobi, chauffeured to the JKIA Airport, lead to the plane like Saudi Arabia sheiks, served with Absolut premier drinks by hostesses with chiseled hips, high eyebrows, and flat stomachs, and then lavished with haven smelling sandwiches by the NAS chef.
Jambojet, a budget airline shuttling three cities, Mombasa, Nairobi, and Kisumu, organised a competition called #OccupyJambojet. To win, you come up with your team (a hundred of them), transform yourself into a tweeting army, and tweet until your device keyboard falls off in protest and your thumbs blister.
Captain James Quest, as he was later known after winning, roped in Boniface Mwangi, a Twitter powerhouse, who then roped the entire Pawa254 Team, an organization (the only one of its kind in the Nairobi) that hosts an array of professionals. There are marketers, social media gurus, photographers, writers, film makers, drawers, graphic designers, painters, philanthropists, social workers, journalists, accountants,lawyers, actors, political activists exsetera.

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Well, think of Pawa254 as a jack of all trades and a master of all. I am often disappointed that we don’t have socialites over there or do we? You never know.
As I was saying…
Captain James Quest, without the captain title, sounds very white. I often thought he was an expatriate photographer from Scotland or from Colorado USA – until I saw him. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed. No. I was simply pleasantly surprised. He’s first a photographer, then a web developer, a biker, and a consultant fixer in photo and video production. A shrewd and soft spoken man, he can pull any string and get the sound of a violin.
Shrewd people win always. James Quest won. Jambojet sent a congratulatory note written congratulations #TeamPawa and plans to fly away into the humid, finger-licking, Kenyan only Las Vegas (Las Mombasa) began in earnest. Everybody was thrilled. Ask Facebook for the posts. Tweeter choked.
You may not agree, but flying is a big deal. Flying free on the other hand is a thriller. Add free meals and free drinks (Absolut Vodka included) at a four-star hotel is on-turning – literally. And if you have not flown – we had a couple of people who had not seen the earth from the air – it’s a feeling I have not forgotten ten years down the line.

The night before my first fight, I had dreamed that I had missed the flight. Then I dreamed that the plane, after take-off kept spinning it’s tail endlessly. I had woken up exhausted already, my heart in my stomach, my kidney in my head.
Anyways…
On Saturday morning, the sun refused to slip out under the heavy, moody clouds. Chilliness colluded with heavy nimbus in an attempt to deny us our anticipated brightness. But we rebelled. Despite the fact that ladies have never complimented my legs, I dusted my only short. Jambojet had given a bizarre dress code. It suited the ladies but which man has fuchsia, pink, and magenta shirts and trousers? It turned out I was the one without the same except for my pink socks, magenta underwear, and fuchsia mosquito net.
I kept the three items in my bag just in case. Nothing was standing between me and the free ride. I had told myself that if push came to shove and we had to be in their colours, I would take off my shoes and spot my pink socks. Then take off my short and approach the check-in counter in my magenta underwear showing under my dress – mosquito net.
Anyways…
Girls were ready for Las Mombasa. There were hot pink pants, hot magenta off the shoulder crochet dresses, and fuchsia button beach-through playsuits. The men, I suspect, were all feeling the heat before we even took off from JKIA. May be am wrong. Ask a man called Jura. Don’t forget to get Man Njora’s opinion.
Nairobi – or is it safe to say Cosmopolitan city ladies? – amaze me. There is a lot of flesh to watch. May be they don’t know the effect of abundant flesh to our eyes. We had creamy cleavages, extra Nivea-polished thighs, bare backs, and bare navels. To speak for myself, I was bewitched already.
Anyways…
At the airport, Mr. Willem, the Jambojet CEO and his team are here to receive us. Captain James Quest is now in his captain cap. JKIA, now looking more or less like Heathrow or Armsterdam, after the upgrade knows that we’re here. A hundred excited souls in screaming colours are now making their way to domestic the departures. Other passengers are alarmed by the bright Jambojet signature colours,and the rising broken voices attract security.
Finally we’re passed the annoying airport procedures. We’re showing our boarding passes to the last lady between us and Las Mombasa. There is a breeze in the hangar, a soft kissing wisp of wind on our faces.Smiling air hostesses carrying colour-laden marketing placards usher us in.
Finally we’re aboard our flight. Faces are bright, smiles are broad, adrenaline is numbing limbs – we’re on the verge of take-off. And then the sound of the Captain… a petite lady and dark man of average height takes us through security procedure in case the plane’s tail begin to spin and smoke suddenly billows from the cockpit.

We’re now airborne.

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Las Mombasa’s heat has a hate-love-relationship with people from chilly weathers. The humidity handshakes your skin, knocks at your veins and resultant feeling is blissful baking of the whole body.
Anyways…
As we disembark from the plane, we see a red carpet snaking all the way to the terminal. Sounds of Agiriama drums marries with the sounds of other exotic instruments and makes a matrimony of tunes. We’re then served with Madafu before the kicker unfolds before our eyes.
Jambojet Team have been busy. The County Government knows that #TeamPawa has landed. Traffic police have been mobilised along our route to the luxurious Voyager. The hotel’s owner is at the airport. He’s leading his team, all in a dazzling uniform of a all-white cruise uniforms; they’re snuggled in Epaulet short sleeved shirts, matching trousers, and complete with officer’s hat with deluxe visors. Their shoulders are glittering with four stripes of anchor insignia.

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We’re his passengers in this virgin (maiden if you like) ship. Just before we leave, a searing siren cuts into the airport’s silence. We’re leaving through the humid-laden streets. The sleek tour vans, six of them or thereabouts, glide after the county police car. Other motorists humbly take to the sidewalks as we gallop by. Heads turn, necks twist, and mouths part as our motorcade cuts a corner, zoom past a cleared roundabout, and squeezes between cars of the chaotic Tuk Tuk-choking city.
It takes about half an our before the police car, now in a lush neighbourhood, takes the last corner. Made of Makuti and high pillars, then souped up with low rafters, the Voyager Beach Resort is a perfect mix of both luxury and class. The stunning location gives a picturesque view of the blue beach water waves and the glittering silt sand.

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But the show is far from over. It was only starting. Two lines of what looked like coast guards, in full uniforms lined the entrance on both sides, their guns (made of wood) cocked. Now we’re allowed kingly (and queenly for that matter) entry into bosom of serenity. Waiting by the pool is a stretching table with with glasses, drinks, and scores of waitresses.
Then the lunch. We’re ushered into a menu with varieties. Fish, mshikakis, lamb, barbecued chicken, and of course other dishes I have had no desire look up their identity. We dance and drink. For a moment, we forget the boring, routine Nairobi life and walk the sandy beaches, enjoy selfies, and dance to Hart-The-Band’s Uliza Kiatu and shout our lungs out to Sarabi’s Sheria.
In the end,the sun drunkenly walks towards the horizon, throwing kisses of rays our way, pestering us to remain in Las Mombasa until he wakes up in the east twelve hours later. But free is limited and that’s why you must enjoy while it lasts. Jambojet team held to their part of the bargain and offered fun and luxury. #TeamPawa exploited the opportunity to the maximum.
Salute to Captain Quest, his co-captain Boniface Mwangi, and #TeamPawa for the stellar performance.
I sign off.

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note: you can see more pictures from this epic trip on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/72740345@N03/sets/72157648076192516/

Blankets and Wine 56: An Ode to Hip Hop

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Join PAWA254 at Blankets and Wine this Sunday for a day of sun, swag and HIP HOP.

This month’s theme is HIP HOP and PAWA254 is bringing you the freshest hip hop inspired films from across the continent.

First, we will take your to Dakar where over 500 underground hip hop groups are in existence shown in the film 100% Galsen

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Then we will feature  Kenya’s favourite hip hop star JULIANI in the documentary about his projects: Road Trip Connections

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Finally we will take you all over Africa with the film United States of Africa. This film looks at how hip hop is being used as a form of activism all across the continent.

 

 

Celebrate African hip hop culture with PAWA254 and Blankets and Wine this Sunday.

Also at Blankets & Wine this Sunday.

  • MUSIC STAGE with
  • LITERATURE STAGE
  • ART HIVE
  • DJ BOOTH

 

Advance tickets to this event are available on www.ticketsasa.com for Ksh. 2,000 while tickets at the gate at Ksh. 2,500 for adults. Each adult ticket comes with a complimentary bottle of wine.

Visit www.blanketsandwine.com for details.

 

 

 

 

 

This Week at Pawa

This is what we have lined up this week at Pawa254. Be part of the #ArtRising

  • Monday 29th September 5pm: ‘UNDER FIRE: Journalists in Combat‘ Screening and Discussion.

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On Monday 29th we will screen ‘UNDER FIRE: Journalists in Combat’ and explore the dangers and the effects of war – both physically and psychically – on those who report the news from the world’s most dangerous places. It is a film that shows the lingering human price of bringing the news to the comfortable regions of the world, long after the battles are forgotten. For more details including the film synopsis see the event blog post HERE

  • Wednesday 1st October & Thursday 2nd October, 3-6pm:

#PawaMasterClass on the Musicality, Performance, Artistry and Business of Dance

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In the next edition of #PAWAMasterclass we are very excited to invite our good friends from the Kenya Dance Academy who will facilitate a 2 day workshop on the ‘Musicality, Performancce, Artistry and Business of Dance.

The KENYA DANCE Academy aim to “train the body, educate the mind , inspire the artistry and explore the possibilities” The whole workshop will aim to achieve all these four objectives.

Dances that will be though during this Masterclass will include African dance ,modern dance and conversational dances/classical dances. See more details on this event HERE.

Note: This event has limited spaces so kindly send in your RSVP to info@Pawa254.org

  • Friday 3rd 7-10pm: Open Show Nairobi #8

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Join us once again for an evening of incredible visual storytelling!

Open Show is a FREE social screenings where the public can see compelling work and interact directly with photographers, filmmakers and multimedia producers in high-profile spaces. For more details on the 8th edition see event blog post HERE.

  • Saturday 4th 12 noon -7pm: #ThePit

10682451_622398514547530_5215735913527803023_oSome Jazz, Funk, Soul, HipHop and graffiti under the Nairobi sun on the rooftop…

Music: DJ khenti the f0nkym0nk, DJ midL_east and DJ Fikirah

Guest Artist: Ace the God Apollo

#KeHipHopParliament: Moderated by Jemedari Muziki and Humphrey Ondu Etyang

Plus some vinyl will be on sale. Learn more about The Pit from the Facebook Page HERE

  • Saturday 4th 5pm -8pm: #FatumasVoice

#FatumasVoice is an arts forum for discussion through poetry, music, motivational talk and interaction. It is a weekly collaborative event between Pawa254 and the Kenya Poets Lounge. Learn more about Fatumas Voice from the website http://www.fatumasvoice.org/

 

 

 

SIFASAFI CLEANUP: Marikiti/Wakulima Market

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SIFASAFI is an initiative that involves cleaning of markets in counties,town and cities. it encourages citizen and Student participation in national development.

THIS Month we will be to Marikiti/Wakulima Market for some unfinished business on the 28th of September.

SUNDAY PROGRAM
9:00 to 10:00am Volunteers arrive
10:00 to 10:30am Briefing from Organizing Committee
10:30 to 11:00am Tools assigned to Volunteers
11:00 to 3:00pm Cleaning, Team Building, Art from Trash
(Water Breaks)
4:00 to 4:30pm Speeches from sponsors/certificates
5:00pm  Refreshments and Volunteers leave at own pleasure

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NB: Attendees to “Ask for the Wakulima market manager office “
SIFASAFI is currently running its operations from the
C4DLAB Innovation hub (The University of Nairobi)
http://www.c4dlab.ac.ke/

PAWAMasterclass on the Musicality, Performance, Artistry and Business of Dance

In this edition of #PAWAMasterclass we are very excited to invite our good friends from the Kenya Dance Academy who will facilitate a 2 day workshop on the ‘Musicality, Performance, Artistry and Business of Dance.

The Kenya Dance Academy aim to “train the body, educate the mind , inspire the artistry and explore the possibilities” The whole workshop will aim to achieve all these four objectives.

Dances that will be though during this Masterclass will include African dance ,modern dance and conversational dances/classical dances.

Date: 1st and 2nd of October from 3pm-6pm
Venue: PAWA 254
Entrance: 100 Ksh per day

Program

Day 1

3:00 -3:10 pm Arrival/clips playing
3:10-3:30 pm Introduction/ice breaker
3:30-4:00 pm Stretching /cardial exercises
4:00-4:05pm break
4:05-5:00 pm African dance class
5:00-6:00pm Hiphop dance class

Day 2

3:00 -3:10 pm Arrival/clips playing
3:10-3:30 pm Introduction/ice breaker
3:30-4:00 pm Stretching /cardial exercises
4:00-4:05pm Break
4:05-5:00 pm Modern dance
5:00-6:00pm Classical/conversational dance

Pawa Preview: This Week at Pawa

This is what we have lined up this week at Pawa254. Be part of the #ArtRising

  • Tuesday 23rd 5.30-8pm: #OffTheRecord

Join this weekly debate and discussion forum and lend your voice to positive social change.Everything at this forum is strictly OFF THE RECORD!

  • Wednesday 24th 5-8pm: #PawaFilmForumXIV ‘Unfinished Business’ Screening and Discussion

The Pawa254 Film Forum is committed to showcasing independently produced, often non- commercial work that has little opportunity of reaching the general public; highlighting social, political, cultural and historical realities. By featuring the voices and visions of truly independent media artists from Kenya and beyond, we aim to expose diverse audiences to a range of artistic expressions, cultural perspectives and critical inquiries.

For this edition of #PawaFilmForum, we invite InformAction ,who will showcase their documentary ‘Unfinished Business’. For moe details on this see the event blog post HERE.

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  • Friday 26th 3-6pm: Voices of Shootback Photo Exhibition

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Shootback and PAWA254 are pleased to present “The voice(s) of Shootback” – group exhibition presenting the intimate and personal view on the everyday life surroundings of nairobian young photographers. Further details on this event HERE. To learn more about ShhotBack visit their website HERE or connect with them on FaceBook.

  • Saturday 27th 5-8pm: #FatumasVoice

#FatumasVoice is an arts forum for discussion through poetry, music, motivational talk and interaction. Building an Africa that can speak for herself. It is a collaborative effort between Pawa254 and the Kenya Poets Lounge.  Learn more about Fatumas Voice on the website HERE and on Facebook HERE.

  • Sunday 28th 8am-1pm: The Switch

The Switch on K24 will be live from the Pawa254 rooftop. Catch the show on K24 on Sunday morning. Like the Facebook Page and Follow them on Twitter @THESWITCHK24

  • Sunday 28th 2-6pm: #RedefiningOurLeaders Screening and Discussion

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In a continuous effort to evaluate our leadership we shall be screening “Robert Mugabe….What Happened?” A documentary on the Zimbabwean leader. For details  on this see the event blog post HERE.