Concerts

Fri. 17 March, 7pm | 500/-
Makja

Makja Concert- La Francophonie

Kalem Makja is an author, composer and singer.
Makja started off as a hip/hop-rap artist and
gradually developed his passion for words into
a style that resonates with the well-known tradition
of the ‘chanson française’.  With a powerful voice,
a staccato and a rhythmic flow derived from the
rap culture, together with a lyricism inspired
from French rock, Makja will deliver a brilliant
performance full of descriptive and socially
conscious lyrics.Makja will be accompanied by
the French pianist Caroline Bentz.
The musicians will participate
in a music residency with Kenyan musicians
Emmanuel Yakobo (drums), Christine Kamau (trumpet)
and Ati Sanna (nyatiti).
Together the musicians will take to the stage in
the spirit of La Francophonie, that of openness
and multiculturalism.
Kalem Makja est auteur, compositeur et interprète.
Amoureux de la langue française, un artisan des mots,
Makja poursuit une parole singulière portée dans
la tradition des plus grands interpètes français.
Une voix puissante, un staccato et une aisancedans
la rime venus du rap, un lyrisme issu dela frange
sombre du rock français, Makja raconteau public toute
sa fougue.Makja, accompangé par la pianiste française
Caroline Bentz, participera à une résidenceartistique
avec des musiciens kenyansEmmanuel Yakobo (batterie),
Christine Kamau (trompette) et Ati Sanna (nyatiti)
pour présenter un concertsous le signe du respect des valeurs
de la Francophonie, de l’échange et de la multiculturalité.

Showcase Wednesday
22 March 2017
Alliance Française
6:30pm, Free entry
Showcase-Wednesday-Red-Acapella

L’Alliance Française de Nairobi lance ‘Showcase Wednesday’ dans le prolongement de son soutien aux artistes kenyans à travers le programme Spotlight on Kenyan Music. ‘Showcase Wednesday’ offrira un cadre intime de diffusion aux chanteurs et musiciens. Cette plateforme permettra aux artistes d’improviser et d’expérimenter et de développer des performances scéniques.

‘Showcase Wednesday’ proivdes a small intimate setting for singers, musicians, music and poetry collaborations, to get exposure and build audiences.  With minimum sound reinforcement, this platform aims to help improvise and experiment and fine tune performance skills.

RED ACAPELLA

Red Acapella came together following the 2007-2008 post-election crisis in Kenya.  The group members all worked with the Kenya Red Cross Society and were deployed to places marred with violence and destruction.  They used their music as a means of healing.  Hence the name ‘Red’  and Acapella, their preferred style of music then.  Over the years, many of the group members have moved on to other pursuits and the duo of Steve Munjal and Alfred Nthale have developed a a unique urban music style.  They will be joined by a bassist and a percussionist.