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So, yesterday was the day I finally decided to attend a WAPI event again. WAPI, which stands for Words And PIctures, is a monthly event that takes place every last Saturday of the month at the British council in Nairobi.And it’s basically a showcase involving visual artists (graffiti artists,garment artists etc) and aural artists (mcs, djs, singers, spoken word poets etc), with the aim of pushing a unified message/theme at the same time showcasing individual talent.I can’t quite remember the last time I was there but it has been a while.

Anyway, I got there, panting and sweating like a marathon runner at the finish line, cause I had to endure walking a km and a 1/2 or so in the very hot Nairobi sun (aww poor me!). But I was there!,and the first thing that got me excited was the crowd in attendance.crowd The last time I attended a WAPI event, the ratio between artists and attendees was around 2:1!, yesterday was a different story, although there were more artists than before, I think the ratio must have been 10:3 in favor of the non artists. Which I think made it out to be more of a ‘showcase’ than an art forum.

If you thought art was ‘dead’ in Nairobi, you wouldn’t have thought you were in Nairobi at WAPI. Guys did some pretty amazing stuff, particularly the graffiti artists, who went wild on the walls!graffgraff. Clearly though, in my mind, the Siafu crew took home the belt!. Other artists worth mentioning were the ‘canvas’ artists who all collaborated in theme to reflect the suffering and the need for peace in Kenya.canvascanvascanvas
The ‘mic’ art was dominated mainly by Hip hop mcs, apparently Channel O was there scouting/judging talent, which probably explains the huge turnout. With that said, I think I can proudly say that there’s a new breed of mcs in Kenya, and AK47 must be the poster-boy for this. The mc, ‘shot’ round after round of punch lines, from rapping about how when he goes in to buy a ‘CD’ at the chemist,he doesn’t ask for a ‘CD’ but for an ‘mp3’, to how his shoe doesn’t have a sole (soul) it has hip hop!(it really sounds better in sheng), the dude had the crowd waving and shouting for more.
Sadly though, I didn’t get to see much,since I arrived late and I left a bit early.All in all it was as I expected, display of raw talent and a hunger to be heard.And even though maybe some artists need to up their game a bit, and a change of venue to a more convenient place would be welcome, this event is good for Artists, good for Nairobi and mostly good for Kenya especially in these trying times.Props to the British council and much more props to BLAZE( the event organizer and mc).

‘Am probably going to attend the next one too. lady in pink

nice ones!!,the paintings!! viva hugoHugo Chavez!!.

Today? well am going to a ROCK SHOW at the cockpit in Langata! (Yes in Nairobi!).