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SAMOSA Festival 2018 - Beads of Hope

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
As 2017 came to an end and 2018 loomed a question loomed in front of us. Would it be possible for us to hold a SAMOSA Festival in 2018 at all? The political situation seemed so tense, people felt insecure as attacks on individuals and communities became a norm and…

Launch of Joseph Murumbi – A Legacy of Integrity

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
The launch of Joseph Murumbi – a Legacy of Integrity by Karen Rothmyer formed one of the highlights of SAMOSA Festival 8, especially as it involved a multiple of partners and settings in making it a success. To begin with the author flew to Nairobi from the United States especially…

Public Forum Held At Kibra

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
By BEN NYABIRA It was a captivating, warm and lively evening at the largest informal settlement in Kenya. The event was the final one of the 2018 Samosa Festival which focused on the Constitution of Kenya 2010 against the backdrop of recent calls for its review. The event, on 11…

Threads Of Inspiration, Weaved In Mathare

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
By Peter Kiama In mid-June this year I attended one of the SAMOSA Festival events held at Mathare Social Justice Centre. Organized under the overall SAMOSA Festival 2018 theme ‘Beads of Hope, Threads of Inspiration’, the evening event focused on what the Uhuru-Raila handshake of 9 March 2018 meant for…
Naitore Nyamu Mathenge, Advocate of the High Court of Kenya/ Human Rights Lawyer. program officer end sexual violence / justice for girls equality now, africa Angelina Cikanda, Head of Programs, Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) ‘Understand in order to be understood’ LUL Issack ALI – A Somali residing…

Play: All I Ever Wanted

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
Featuring in the SAMOSA Festival for the first time, Hearts of Art staged All I Ever Wanted, a masterful play examining the intricate relationships that characterise life in a torn society. The story follows Judge Harvey, a well-meaning but stubborn judge who is trying his best to serve his country…

NEWTON: A FILM about an election in India by Drishyam Films

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
Director: Amit V Masurkar. Excerpt from Director’s Statement: ‘……As Newton tries to find order in chaos, we find underlying elements of humor and absurdity. I have structured the film around Newton’s three laws of motion -- the film begins with inertia, sets into momentum in the middle act, and ends…

Film: Pearl Of Africa

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
The 20 June 2018 at the Alchemist in Nairobi was quite novel. Via the gracious auspices of the SAMOSA Festival - whose mandate is to create awareness and promote interaction with a view to developing a national identity including the ethnic and racial backgrounds of the citizens and residents of…

Film: Nairobi Half- Life

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
Director: David 'Tosh' Gitonga Production Companies: One Fine Day Films and Ginger Ink Films Nairobi Half Life does not boast an original premise. A young kid from rural Kenya with dreams of moving to the city (Nairobi) and becoming an actor.’.

‘Between us’

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
A puppetry performance on gender, race, identity and human rights Puppetry is a form of theatre or performance that involves the manipulation of puppets – inanimate objects, often resembling some type of human or animal figure that are animated or manipulated by a human called a puppeteer. Such a performance…

Open Mic

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
Nairobi does not have a shortage of Open Mic Nights but few are as wide-ranging as the one that took place as part of SAMOSA Festival 8. There was the usual spoken word, poetry, and acoustic performances, but there was also flute playing and full on rap joints. One thing…

Ghetto Classics Samosa Festival Experience

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
Ghetto Classics is the flagship programme from the Art of Music Foundation. Established in 2008, it is a community music programme where we use music education to provide the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their community. We do this by instilling in them the life skills that come…

Murfy’s flaw – Music bringing people closer together

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
By Reema Doshi I love singing and you would find me singing everywhere, even when I am at work in an office. I would be humming or singing out loud. I find this very relaxing and I sing also when I am happy. The entire band – Murfy’s flaw –…

A Drop in Time: Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi

Volume 15, Issue 2 | Published 18/11/2018  
A tribute to Murumbi by Garnette Oluoch-Olunya