Kagayi Peter and Chris Adwar will be the featured artists at the Artistic Encounters series at the Goethe Institut in Nairobi on April 24, 2019. The evening will be conducted by series creator Zukiswa Wanner.
In Artistic Encounters, two artists of different genres meet and create an art experience of their combined work then share it with the audience. In 2017, the first year of the series, Nairobi audiences would see 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.
In the following year, Artistic Encounters would kick off with novelist, short story writer and academic Pede Hollist and actor Hana Kefela. In the following months we would see mbira player Prudence Katomeni and poet Adipo Sidang’; novelist Niq Mhlongo and actor Nick Ndeda; spoken word artist Ngartia and novelist Olumide Popoola; and poet Dami Ajayi and Kenyan musician Makadem. The year’s final event would be a rocking evening with Sitawa Namwalie, Yewande Omotoso, and Shan Bartley.
In 2019, the series would start on a high note in March as novelist and publisher Shadreck Chikoti and actor and spoken word poet Abu Sense would give a memorable performance at the Goethe.
The second running of this series is set to feature Ugandan poet Kagayi Peter and musician Chris Adwar. Kagayi Peter is a performance poet and author of The Headline That Morning and Other Poems (Sooo Many Stories (UG), 2016). His poems have been performed/ featured in various theatre productions in Uganda. A poetry production ‘The Audience Must Say Amen’ adopted from his poetry collection has been featured at the Kampala International Theatre Festival and the Africologne Theatre Festival. Kagayi is also a curator at the performance poetry initiative ‘The Poetry Shrine’, a poetry coach and patron of the Rhymers Poetry Club at Nabisunsa Girls School.
Chris Adwar is a singer, songwriter, composer, keyboard player, producer, as well as musical director and front man of “The Villagers Band.” He has worked with some of the best Kenyan musicians as a producer, arranger, and musician, including Eric Wainaina, Emmanuel Jal, Dan Aceda, Aaron Rimbui, Mercy Myra to name but a few. He is credited with creating a genre of music called Bengenge which is a fusion of House/Pop Music and Benga.
The two will share a stage at the Goethe Institut followed by a session moderated by series creator Zukiswa Wanner. You will be able to get copies of their books and their albums and have them signed at the event. It kicks off on April 24 at 6pm.