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Rooftop Sundowner with Winyo and Jim Kroft

Winyo and Jim Banner

On Friday 6th February 2015, Pawa254 invite you an evening of acoustic music and storytelling on our rooftop from 6-10pm.

For this special event Kenyan singer and songwriter WINYO, and UK based musician and film maker JIM KROFT get together for a rememberable collaborative cross cultural musical sundowner. 

Also featuring DJ Gregg Tendwa who will be dropping some authentic tracks #Sundowner69 

Entrance: 500 Ksh Advance/800 Ksh At the door
For Tickets: Mpesa paybill no 360400 account (insert your name)



Born Shiphton Onyango, Winyo adopted his artistic name ‘Winyo’, which is a Luo word for “a bird”. The reason for this be-comes apparent once you hear him sing. His voice has been likened to that of a singing bird.

Winyo is a singer and songwriter of great sensitivity and he also plays the guitar, backed by his 4 piece band of accomplished musicians.

Winyo derives his music and musical strength from his fore fathers whose African music was rich in melody and traditional harmonies. His musical style ranges from traditional Luo melodies infused with witty story lines, afro fusion and afro jazz, to a contemporary interpretation of Benga, transformed into an authentic acoustic sound. His powerful yet mellow vocals are the icing on the cake that makes listening to Winyo, an almost heavenly experience.

Winyo sings in his paternal language of Dholuo, Swahili and English. His stories address a myriad of social issues ranging from the plight of homeless children to courtship and love stories.

For Booking & Enquires:
[+254] 734 920 164 | steve@ketebulmusic.org | info@ketebulmusic.org

www.facebook.com/winyo.music | www.reverbnation.com/winyomusic


Jim Kroft toured Europe, USA, Russia and China this year and was now invited to play in Zanzibar this january. We decided to continue the tour from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.

JOURNEYS is a project about the discovery of the world, by one man, one guitar and one camera.
JIM KROFT releases one JOURNEYS EP every quarter and each EP is inspired by the continent he has travelled to.
During his journeys he presents his songs as a solo acoustic performer. As part of the project he is also filming a documentary about every country visited, so Jim’s music becomes the soundtrack to the journey.

Jim’s songwriting has an old fashioned root combined with a modern sensibility. On the tour through China he has prooved that his honest performance and charisma attract people to stay and listen, although they may not always get the words of his lyrics. Jim’s ethic is about working hard, self reliance and a belief that music remains the great connector.

More infos and material from his last Journey to China you can check out here:

the artist’s website: http://jimkroft.com/


Freakshow Collective will perform it’s first play Freakshow on the 5th-7th February 2015 at the Alliance Francaise. It is a collaborative play featuring Nairobi’s best actors, musicians, dancers and spoken word artists. The show tackles issues including: gender, identity, sexuality and illness.

Freakshow Poster

Freakshow Collective is a brand new theatre company based in Nairobi. Freakshow Collective creates new plays for social impact and features a variety of art forms including acting, music, dance and spoken word. In their debut performance of the new play Freakshow the company looks at what it means to be considered “different” by society.  The play aims to put subjects that are typically controversial on stage and educate and enlighten audiences.

Freakshow features some of Nairobi’s most prominent artists. The cast includes actors: Paul Ogola, Dival and Lawrence Murage, spoken word artists: Mufasa and Teardrops and members of the Kenya Dance Academy. The play also features new actors in their debut performances.

Under the direction of Canadian theatre artist, Brianna Roberts the cast has devised the script together using their personal stories about times when society has made them feel like a “freak” based on something they cannot change. The performers will be sharing scenes of their personal experiences with gender, identity, mental illness, sexuality, physical illness, addiction and body image.

The play runs February 5, 6 and 7th at 7:00pm at the Alliance Francaise. Tickets are 500ksh and are available at the Alliance Francaise, PAWA254 or by calling 0728611264 or emailing freakshowcollective.ke@gmail.com

Conversations with Documentary Filmmaker and Broadcast News Correspondent Andrew Tkach

The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications invites you to a conversation with documentary filmmaker and broadcast news correspondent Andrew Tkach.

On the Frontline of Ukraine’s Revolution

They took on a powerful autocrat and put their lives on the line in Kyiv’s Independence Square. They are Ukraine’s Generation Maidan. When the shooting stopped the young idealists had won the street battle , but the war was just beginning. After the revolution, they’ve been forced to battle Russian backed separatists and a corrupt elite back home. This is the very latest version of Generation Maidan. From the first day of the protest Ukrainian filmmakers called Babylon’13 captured history in the making. While the emotions were still smoldering from February’s massacre, Director Andrew Tkach interviewed the medics, musicians, and activists there. The front-line footage and interviews with young members of Generation Maidan are woven together to tell an unforgettable and still unfolding story.

Andrew spent nearly two decades with CNN as the lead producer for Christiane Amanpour at 60 Minutes and CNN. He has won eight Emmy Awards, the highest honor in American TV broadcasting.

Andrew is in Nairobi as a Distinguished Visitor and lecturer at the GSMC.  On Thursday, we will host a preview and discussion of his latest documentary on Ukraine – Generation Maidan:, walking us through the roots of revolution through the war and into its grisly , invisible aftermath of torture camps and warlordism.

Date: Thursday, January 22 at 4 pm.

Place: Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications, 9 West Building at the Sarit Center round-about in Westlands.

The screening will be followed by a reception with drinks and casual bites.

Please RSVP to sanday.ogesa.aku.edu

BBC #newsHACK Kenya

ATTENTION journalists and techies… 

Do you want to help shape the consumption of news in Africa for the next generation?

The BBC World Service is looking to Kenya’s tech community for ideas and approaches to reach young mobile centric audiences on the continent through social platforms, specifically the use of chat apps. We want to work with developers and designers to help take their ideas from conception to a reality.

A 2 day hackathon will be held in Nairobi on the 3rd & 4th of February.  The aim of this event is to generate ideas, refine them and identify the strongest. Each participant will receive a personal computing environment on a simple and affordable Keepod USB device. The winning teams will be mentored and supported in the development and testing of their prototype, or proof of concept, through a rigorous pilot service. This piloting process will receive up to £25k ($39k) per team in funding support.


You can apply by registering a team here: http://goo.gl/Qafuu2 and sending 2 examples of recent work that is relevant to the challenge.

Once your registration application has been confirmed by the Connected Studio team, you’ll be invited to a short evening briefing on the 29th Jan(also in Nairobi), where you’ll be given the opportunity to ask questions ahead of the hack, meet the people involved, and also hear some short tech talks from experts about the platforms and APIs available to use.


Conscious Kenya-Photo Exhibition


These photographs explore and examine the internal and external violence that is implicated through the bodies of men on the margins of society, and challenge the mainstream, erotic and hyper masculine representations of feared black and brown bodies. Placed in intimate spaces and contexts that challenge the gaze of the sitter, I am interested in these subjects as icons of ideal beauty, love and desire.There is a conscious movement to produce photographs that represent Africa in its own light and glory.

Pawa Preview: This Week at Pawa

It’s a brand new month! Here’s to starting it off in Pawaful artistic style.

  • Tuesday 5pm: #OffTheRecord

This weekly event offers a unique space which unites people from different backgrounds together, were they can express their thoughts and speak their minds, strictly off the record, about various issues that affect our modern day society.

It has become a platform where participants can better understand issues around social justice, helping transform them into more tolerant, enlightened, critical and active agents of social change who can influence social positively.

Additionally, it seeks to help others build on and develop their presentation skills, as well as bring up brilliant, quick-thinking and concise individuals who have the courage to mould their ideas, share their ideas and fight for their ideas for a better Kenya.

Entrance is absolutely FREE. You’re invited to come and engage others in the Pawa Community, and discuss issues which are both important to you, and other like minded people.


  • Friday 7pm -10pm: Cocktail with a Cause

YJF poster

Young Jewels Foundation will host a ‘Cocktail with a Cause’ on  PAWA254 Rooftop on the 5th of December 2014, as from 7.00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Their target is to raise 100,000 packets of sanitary towel that will go towards their initial contribution to a ‘Pad bank’ supporting a minimum of 8,300 Kenyan girls in the year 2015.At Young Jewels. For more details see the event page on Facebook HERE.


  • Saturday 10am -1pm: Kenya Writers Guild Workshop

KWG Short Film Workshop Poster-6 Dec 2014

 This Saturday 6th December 2014 at Pawa 254 (Mageuzi Space), the Kenya Writers Guild presents a practical workshop on “PERFECTING YOUR SHORT FILM” by Mildred Achoch (Writer of Black Genes short film, The Agency, The Team, Wash and Set). 

For more details on this event see the blog post HERE.


  • Saturday 1pm-6pm: The Pit


Come enjoy Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Jazz over live graffiti pieces. Good music and good vibes all day.Special guest will be Akili Blaq aka MM3rd and a cameo performance by Fikrah Teule from Mombasa. For more details see the event page on Facebook. Connect with The Pit Community HERE.

  • Saturday 5-8pm: Fatumas Voice

#FatumasVoice is a weekly arts forum for discussion through poetry, music, motivational talk and interaction. It is a collaborative effort between Pawa254 and Kenya Poets Lounge. Follow the conversation on the blog HERE and join the community of Facebook.


  • Sunday 11am -4pm: Alternative Art Holiday Market

The holiday season is here and Pawa254 is bringing you a one of a kind shopping experience.

A chance to buy authentic Kenyan art from Nairobi’s hottest urban artists at discounted prices.

Fashion. Art. Jewellery. Music. Books.

See the event page HERE to get more information.

Art Market Poster

  • Sunday 5pm-8pm: Teardrops Live!


Spoken word king Teardrops brings you ‘Gifts and Gratitude’: An evening of poetic fusion and apprectiation. For more details on this exciting event see the event page HERE.



Kenya Writers Guild Workshop

To all filmmakers
KWG Short Film Workshop Poster-6 Dec 2014
This Saturday 6th December 2014 at Pawa 254 (Mageuzi Space), the Kenya Writers Guild presents a practical workshop on “PERFECTING YOUR SHORT FILM” by Mildred Achoch (Writer of Black Genes short film, The Agency, The Team, Wash and Set). During this informative workshop, the following will be discussed:
  • Perfecting your Short Film Logline
  • Mockumentaries
  • Differences between a Short Film and Feature Film
  • Scene Construction
  • Screening and Discussion of “Black Genes”

Entry fee is KSh500 only.

Kenya Writers Guild members: KSh200.

‘One Angry Musician’ a play by Lightbox Africa and Uzinduzia


Written and directed by Fred Mbogo, with Oyatsi, S. O as Choir Master.


A choir master based at Umoja University is angry that his boss has plagiarized his work. The harassed man is seeking out a way to solve the issue but is taunted by colleagues who ask: “What will you do?” What indeed can he do about it? He is consoled by his mother who, however, wonders: “Do you have to continue working under the same boss?” He composes furiously as a way of escaping; coming up with such beautiful songs that seek to restore his dignity. But he is still haunted by snide comments from people who doubt whether he is “man enough”! In the end, he must win, but will he first break all the drumsticks and clarinets? Does he have to? He is scheming to employ some sort of mob justice on the face of impunity! A hate for his boss is one tool he won’t give up. He must win; but will he? What can he do?

They Say/I Am a play by KikeTele

10623485_733202200091710_1722412607707477885_oThey Say/I Am is a play intertwined with monologues of poetry exploring the stereotypes of women with the intention of shattering them, revealing stereotypes as the fallacies they are.

Conceived and directed by Mwende Ngao and written by Anne Moraa, the play toys with the perception of various women and hopes to encourage the audience to rethink how they view the women in their own lives.

Advance tickets are 600 (single) and 1000 (couple) so bring a friend! 800 at the door.
Call 0715664104 to book your ticket.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Nairobi at PAWA254



The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will mark its fourth year in Nairobi on November 10-14, 2014, with a program of films to raise awareness and spark critical reflection and debate while encouraging activism.

On Saturday the 15th of November PAWA254 will proudly host special film screenings under the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Nairobi. We will showcase short films, and feature films from Kenya, and will end off the event by screening international film ‘Big Men’.


2.00pm ‘Burnt Forest’
2.30pm ‘Ririkana’ + Q&A
3.30pm ‘Maramaso’ + Q&A
5.00pm Break on Rooftop
5.30pm Fatuma’s Voice Special – Spoken Word Performances
6.30pm ‘Big Men’
8.00pm Films end, cocktail on rooftop

Drinks and snacks will be for sale on the rooftop throughout the screenings and discussions.


BURNT FOREST by Zippy Kimundu

A young Kenyan girl discovers that even the closest of relationships can be challenged by Tribal Obligations.

RIRIKANA by LightBox

Our dreams are often all we have of past times and past loves, but what if we are stuck at a moment in our past which defines our present lives. Ririkana is the story of Noni and her daughter Tumiso who struggling to let go of a memory. The film explores how a family deals with loss after terrible tragedy.

MARAMASO by Forsee Films

Maramaso Trailer from Foresee Films on Vimeo.

Maramaso is a concept developed by a musician / activist born and raised in the slums of Nairobi. The name is derived from the philosophy’s end goal, a “Man Raise Man Society” in which support for fellow man and youth empowerment are more important than personal gain in one’s own life. This is how Mandela, the subject of our film, lives his life.


The film exposes the lack of transparency and the corruption in oil contracts with multinational companies in Ghana, and the dire environmental and social effects on the people who live in the oil belts of Nigeria.