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Open Mic

Volume 15, Issue 2  | 
Published 18/11/2018
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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 open mic nights never fail to show is that Kenyans have got talent by the bucket loads and more often than not they’re not afraid to show off these talents. By the time we were about to start our sign up sheet was overflowing and we could no longer accept new acts. The show was adeptly emceed by the poet Monaja who kept the crowd entertained. Garvit started it off with a poignantly funny piece about the perils of online dating. The well-known poet and spoken word artist Dorphan graced the stage to perform his powerful piece ‘Minority Report’ (see below). He was followed by up and coming singer-songwriter Julia Lukushi accompanied by Jaytee on guitar, who sweetly sang her original (and very catchy) song ‘Peperuka’. The spoken word artist Fred Kikete performed his piece ‘The Manual or How To get a Girl’ never ceasing to make the audience burst into belly laughs with his witty observations and wordplay. The writer and activist Narissa tested out two of her own pieces to great success, one of them provocatively entitled ‘How About a Mocha?’ Her second piece ‘Wild Woman Dance’ incorporated the soothing sounds of a bamboo flute from India called a bansuri. Timothy Arinaitwe, whose birthday it happened to be that night, played a hypnotic guitar piece that got the crowd demanding for an encore. He came back with a song dedicated to his parents, cue audience swoon. The show ended on a high with Steve aka Guy Moja literally bringing the house down with his energized rapping, which quickly separated the old from the young in the crowd. If it were not for the scheduled World Cup screening, the open mic could have continued throughout the night without skipping a beat.

MINORITY REPORT (Rais Apite) by Dorphan

Cheki!

Walituita tutokee

Tutokee referendum tupitishe katiba

Katiba ilikuwa lakini tukaambiwa hii ndio ile

Hii ndio ile katiba itahahakikishia mwananchi haki

Haki kwa wote na fundamentals

Fundamentals ziko kwa Bill of rights

But bill of rights, bill of rights imegeuzwa meal na knights

Knights wanasaka favours za kings

Kings wameji'brand vanguard

Vanguard ina'guard van kufikisha oppressor kwa safehouse

Safehouse haina room ya kulinda welfare ya victims

Victims wana'wish vitu zingekuwa safer

Safer juu wameletewa oppression na discount

Na discounts ziko lacking kwa bei za bidhaa

Bidhaa quality yake ni wanting

Wanting na sijaskia mention kwa idhaa

Idhaa za habari counterfeit

Counterfeit juu wanaleta propaganda kwa mitaa

Mitaa wakulima ni beggars

Beggars wamebeba nchi kwa bega... bega... bega

 

Bégá í mátúúró

Mátúúró jákámátíté máng’ótóré ná íkómbé

Íkómbé bíá nkíá bíkóójúríá bíóndó bíá ítóngá

Ítóngá bíkáríjáá íríó bía nkíá

Nkíá ígátígwá kúrúírá mátígárí

Mátígárí já wáthání

Wáthání bwájúkírwé kúrá ítítárí

Kúrá ítítárí ná cíátárwá bátítwáthá ná thíírí

Thíírí… thíírí

 

Thíírí ni amani

Amani haipatikani base mtaani

Mtaani mahali woolfer ziko on full volume

Full volume ndio zi'drown sauti za vilio

Vilio za wenyeji wana njaa

Njaa ni soundtrack na beats

Beats ni footsteps za raia kwa street Tom Mboya

Tom Mboya alidedi for a reason

Reason ilikuwa enough kwa mtu flani ku'commit treason

Treason zimekuwa committed lakini perpetrators bado hawajaona milango ya prison

Prison ni homestead kwa petty criminals na innocents alike

Na unlike maadili ya law school huku hela ndio inaamua nani ndio innocent na si innocent wallahi

Wallahi sijaielewa nini funny na jokes za hawa watu ma'times

Ma'times hizo jokes ni sisi zinakejeli na haifai

Haifai that najichunga na mtu bado ndiye anafaa kunichunga

Kunichinga haimanishi nikiuliza maswali ndio sasa unataka kunifunga

Kunifunga juu nimeuliza maswali yanadunga

Yanadunga sababu hauwezi eleza yaliendapi mahindi tulivuna

Mahindi tulivuna lakini watu wanakufa njaa juu hakuna unga

Hakuna unga na mavuno tulieka kwa store na tukafunga

Tukafunga na tukakupatia keys kama custodian

Custodian atwambie,  amepataje pesa ya kununua keja Runda?

Umenunua nyumba Runda na mama mboga mtaani haezi fika bei ya unga

Bei ya unga ilipanda venye budget ilisomwa

Budget ilisomwa na waziri akasema, "Uchumi umepanda."

Uchumi umepanda kwa nani kama, "serikali saidia" ilishageuka national anthem

National anthem ni ombi

Ombi la nani kama raia Turkana wako fasting by force

By force nafaa kungoja kwa traffic ndio rais apite

Rais apite akapumzike kwa ikulu

Ikulu imejengwa mbali na mwananchi

Mwananchi anataka kuongea na rais but rais hafiki

Rais hafiki so inabidi ni nduru

Nduru kuu kwa wenye walipiga kura ndio rais apite... “Eeh… Rais apite! Rais apite!

Rais apite juu manifesto yake ilidai kupunguza bei

Bei za bidhaa zikipungua mwananchi anaeza afford ku'buy rice apike

Rice apike anga’ tumbo itakuwa na kitu akijipata kwa traffic akingoja rais apite

Rais apite lakini kwanza aseme nini ilifanyikia manifesto juu bado mwananchi haezi afford ku'buy rice apike

Rice apike ndio rais apite

Inakuwaje miaka nne baadae bado rice hapiki?

Rice hapiki na ata baada ya miaka nne ya nduru bado rais hafiki

Rais hafiki na ni mwaka mmoja, miwili, mitatu, mine…

eti na bado mwananchi anangoja...

Rais afike.

 

© Dorphanage 2018

 

By Ubax Abdi

Last modified on Sunday, 18 November 2018 19:57

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