Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Indulgence Erotica Open Mic

March 12, 2018

My poetry/spoken word journey has brought me to a place where I am now hosting a monthly erotica open mic event called ‘Indulgence’.


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The very first one was held at a friend’s apartment in Kileleshwa, Nairobi. When we shared this first poster, we got numerous enquiries mainly because people seem to misunderstand what erotica is. This has still not changed much though we are getting there. One of the challenges we are having is that people still assume that erotica is purely pornographic. The literature or artistic side of it is mostly forgotten. Numerous open mics have been held in Nairobi but none has been specifically highlighting the works of erotica writers and performers. This being a first in Kenya, there is always something new to explain, learn or explore.

While in Malindi over the Christmas holidays in 2017, I was introduced to the erotic paintings and sculptures of Master Armando Tanzini whose soul and art lives at the White Elephant Sea and Art Lodge. Therein I found my next venue. The second Indulgence Erotica Open Mic was held there in January 2018. I also found Fabbri, a genius musician from Rome, Italy. The most interesting part about organizing this event was looking for the Malindi-based artists to perform within the very short time I was there. One of the things I learnt was there is talent everywhere you look, it’s just that the artists are not being nurtured and motivated. The local artists I found there are an incredible lot and all they are lacking is opportunities (or someone to create these).

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It was also in Malindi where the need for a bikini show was birthed. MMmaamamia! Wasn’t it amazing. And because getting a fashion designer to showcase their outfits was getting elusive by the day, we improvised and did a little self-styling of our own. One of the body sizes that is forgotten is petite, so we made them happen. Who said petite girls should not model too?!

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Then came the third edition of the event that was held in February this year. Held at a fellow artists own garden in Westlands, Nairobi, we saw lots of couples attend this ‘love edition’. It was also a grand show owing to the amazing performers we had. These included Boneless with his Kamba house music, Fiffi Moto and her bellydance  and chakacha moves and her partners’ wicked Ndombolo, the superb Murray Shelmerdine,  Flautist Jeppy, Music teacher Yovan, Imma Reid, Mama Mkenya, Smitta Smitten, Lusi Mbira, Peter, Poet Roger, Singer Swiga *standing up for the Slay Queens) among others. This time, we made sure there was a curvy model doing a bikini show too. Why not?

I guess what I have realized about Indulgence is that it has a life of its own. Just like my writing, I do not intend to control how it goes. I just go with the flow. I go where it leads me.

For the fourth edition (March 2018), we are taking it to Igiza Lounge at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi.  This is the first time, we are having the event on a Thursday night (22nd March from 8 p.m. til late) and at a very accessible place. Karibu tule maneno matamu…

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Grim research

February 24, 2017


The morning after the bombings,

I realized that my bag held three books,

All on the lives of serial killers, grim research for a writing project.

Sure, but I admit I nearly laughed out loud thinking about rescuers who would find me,

How they’d look in my bag and think,’Whoa, maybe this one was for the best!’

-#WordWarrior Cristin O’Keefe in ‘All I’d leave behind’



January 27, 2012

Not what it used to be…..

There was a time you’d ask, ‘What’s the best bus to use on a journey to Mombasa?’ Mostly, I’d hear ‘Coast Bus’. The bus service has been around for ages and is a trusted brand. But it no longer is what it used to be. Just this month, I made a decision never to use Coast Bus Services ever again. Why?

The bus I took was supposed to leave Nairobi at 1 O’clock. We were kept waiting until 3 O’clock with no explanation>>until a few minutes to 3 O’clock when the service (via their load-speaker) announced that the bus was on the way and had ‘only been held back by traffic’

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On the road

Then 20 minutes into the journey, at Bunyala Road, Nairobi, the same bus broke-down and we had to wait  for another  one hour for a rescue bus to show-up. The bus attendant was however quick to calm us down with snacks, drinks and funny stories. Being all those hours late, the bus definitely sped-up so we’d reach the coast before midnight instead of 9 pm.

Fun Highlight                                                                                                                                  

In the same bus was popular local musician Ken Wa Maria. With all the kambas on Mombasa Road, the humble guy (who I was seeing ‘live-live’ for the first time) had plenty of fans screaming his name and jumping about to get his attention during all the stops we made.

The trip back on Dream Line

My trip back had to be in a different bus, so I asked my host to make a choice for me. It was Dream Line….and I liked it! Their waiting area, customer service and the bus itself-especially the tinted windows that kept away the very bright light. On top of that, we departed right on time (around 10 a.m).

We were also thoroughly entertained, thanks to a large screen behind the driver’s seat showing  local and international short funny video clips. XYZ Show, Bull’s Eye (NTV ), Swaleh Mdoe’s ‘Tafakari ya babu’ (Citizen TV), Kukanganyana (NTV) and those funny short clips of kids in accidents were just some of them.

BONUS: It’s always more funny when you see someone you know in such clips. Yes you>>>  Hot 96 Breakfast Show host Cindy Ogana on Kukanganyana doing those tongue-twisters.

Hearing people all giggling along at the same time was wickedest!

Go Dream Line!…..and get a few more video clips for the long hours. Ohhh! And ….Advertising/ publicity opportunity right here folks.


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