Thursday, March 6, 2014

Event: Party/DJ sets - Ten Cities Rooftop Party, Mar. 8 2014 @ The Mall, Roundabout – Westlands

Ten Cities Roof Top Party Poster
Date & Time: Saturday, March 8 2014 9.00 pm
Venue: The Mall, Roundabout, Westlands
Entry: Kshs 300

DJ Set’s by: DJ Satelite – Luanda, Trust the DJ – Johannesburg, Afrologic – Lagos and Just a Band – Nairobi

Performance by: Fena Gitu & Wangechi

About
TEN CITIES is coming back to Nairobi. After last year’s pumping warehouse concert in April, it’s time for another episode. Therefore we are inviting TEN CITIES participants from sub-Sahara Africa creating a unique night-out experience Nairobi hasn’t seen before. Expect diverse and raving DJ sets from Afrologic(Lagos), Trust The DJ(Johannesburg), DJ Satelite(Luanda) and Just A Band (Nairobi) that will navigate you through genres like Kuduro, Kwaito, Afro Beat, Dub, House, Techno and much more.

TEN CITIES is a music and research project that brings together musicians and writers from ten cities in Africa and Europe. The project initiates music production and details the unwritten history of club culture in Cairo, Johannesburg, Luanda, Lagos and Nairobi as well as in Berlin, Bristol, Kyiv, Lisbon and Naples. TEN CITIES is a process, focusing on creating and producing, carried forward by travels and visits. During this process, the project aims to create networks that are open and involves a constantly increasing number of participants.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Brookings Institute Memo to the US President – Big Bets and Black Swans: Securing the Future of the Internet by Peter Singer & Ian Wallace


At the beginning of every year the Brooking Institution releases the Big Bets and Black Swans – a memo addressed to the US president with policy insights and actionable recommendations on challenges lying ahead.  Of interest to me is that this year’s memo among other things addresses the internet.


Peter Singer and Ian Wallace memo to the president looks at how the Barack Obama administration can secure the future of the internet as we know it today. This comes against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s jaw dropping revelations about the activities of the National Security Agency. This revelations have kick started a debate among nation states and internet stakeholders on the future of internet. One of these stakeholder meetings is set to take place in Sao Paulo - Brazil in April 23-24, 2014. This stakeholder meeting is an ICANN organised meet with the support of Brazilian government which had big fallout with Obama administration over NSA spying concerns of President Dilma Rousseff.


One of the main agenda of the ICANN Brazil Gig is to come up with principles of ‘internet governance’. Peter Singer and Ian Wallace in their memo to the president rightfully point out that once Edward Snowden raised the damning report of NSA activities Washington has taken a back seat on matters of protecting the internet since they do not have the moral authority to pontificate on such matters given what NSA has been doing. However, the two authors seek to have the president raise the priority of internet policy and strategy. In so doing the United States would play a pivotal role in the raging debate on ‘internet governance’. 


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Speech on Innovation, Technology and the 21st Century Global Economy by IMF MD Christine Lagarde at Stanford University

IMF Boss Christine Lagarde in Kenya I Photo Courtesy of IMF Flicker Images 
'there are over 200 Million people looking for work across the globe. If the unemployed formed a country, it would be the 5th largest in the world' - Christine Lagarde, MD IMF
Find the full speech here

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Publication: Filling the Blank Space of Global Art Peripheries: Measurements of Art Mobility & their Ambivalence in Nairobi by Olivier Marcel

Filling the Blank Space of Global Art Peripheries: Measurements of Art Mobility and their Ambivalence in Nairobi, Kenya by Olivier Marcel of Bordeaux 3 University
Abstract 
In recent years, art made in Africa, particularly in the metropolitan context, has witnessed a substantial increase in attention coming from transnational institutions. While many researchers have pointed out the deceitful nature of contemporary art’s globalization, this turn of events still challenges the way we conceive the space of contemporary art. In this paper I use cartography as a critical tool to approach the international mobility facilitated by two art organizations based in Nairobi, Kenya. 
Olivier Marcel takes a critical look at art mobility in Kenya through the lens of two cultural institutions, Goethe Institut Nairobi and Kuona Trust. 
His research findings offer interesting perspectives and his use of cartography to map out art mobility offers visual account of relationships that exist and might have been missed in the art space.

This is a worthwhile paper to read and it can be accessed here

[Event] Feb. 13 Protest + Special Sermon by Rev. Timothy Njoya on the State of Nation, Feb. 13 2014 @ Outside Parliament

Feb. 13 2014 Protest Poster
Date: February 13, 2014
Venue: Uhuru Park, Freedom Corner – Parliament
Time: 10 am
Dress Code: Black T-Shirt

Agenda: Insecurity, Unemployment, Corruption, Poverty, Sick at 50, Culture of Impunity and Mutilation of the constitution.

Special Sermon by Rev. Dr. Timothy Njoya on the State of the Nation

Performances by: Sarabi Band and Anto NeoSoul + many other acts

Come with a Kenyan Flag and a roll of tissues.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Event: Kenya’s Songs of Protest: Documentary & CD Compilation Preview Concert, Jan. 31 2014 @ Alliance Fran├žaise

Songs of Protest
In the recent past Kenya experienced different forms of protest. The protests have ranged to the eye catching Occupy Parliament protests lead by photo activist Boniface Mwangi protesting the high pay Members of Parliament enjoy to the recent protests against new taxes by county governments.   

Musicians have not been left behind and you have quite a number of young musicians telling truth to the people in power through music. Some of this music is quite popular since it deals with issues of bread and butter and the current problems being experienced. 

Therefore the exhibition above ought to be a MUST attend event for anyone interested in issues of governance.

Particulars
Date: January 31, 2014
Venue: Alliance Fran├žaise
Time: 7-11 pm
Free Entrance


Performance by: Just a Band, Sarabi, Eric Wainaina and Makadem
Hosted by: John Sibi-Okumu