Poet Dami Ajayi and musician Makadem are the featured artists at the Artistic Encounters at Goethe-Institut Nairobi on Thursday October 11, 2018. The two will be moderated by author Zukiswa Wanner.
In Goethe-Institut Kenya’s Artistic Encounters two artists of different genres meet and share their art in front of an audience. In 2017, the project had artist Victor Ehikhamenor and poet Koleka Putuma, trumpeter Christine Kamau and poet Philipp Khabo Koepsell, novelist Lola Shoneyin and storyteller Maimouna Jallow, as well as author Angela Makholwa and actress Patricia Kihoro feature.
In 2018, Artistic Encounters kicked off in May with novelist, short story writer and academic Pede Hollist and actor Hana Kefela in May followed in June by mbira player Prudence Katomeni and poet Adipo Sidang’. In July, novelist Niq Mhlongo and actor Nick Ndeda were the featured acts while spoken word artist Ngartia gave his rendition of the Olumide Popoola novel When We Speak of Nothing in September.
On October 11, we are in for a treat in Nairobi as Nigerian poet Dami Ajayi and Kenyan musician Makadem hit the stage at the auditorium of the Goethe Institut in Maendeleo house for a joint performance. After their performance they will enter into a discussion moderated by project curator Zukiswa Wanner.
Dami Ajayi is a music critic and poet who made a splash with his 2014 debut poetry collection Clinical Blues followed in 2017 by the Ouida Books published A Woman’s Body Is A Country. He has performed his poetry on stages across the continent.
Makadem who plays the nyatiti and guitar has music in the traditional Benga, rap, rock, funky grooves and up-tempo Afro Beat genres. The artist who has performed on stages around the world has two albums to his name in Ohanglaman (2008) and Koko Rio (2015). He is hard at work on his latest album.
Those who attend can buy books from the poet and albums from the musician.
The action begins at 6pm.