GPRADIO – The Kenyan Media Bill

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H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Kenya Information and Communication (Amendment) Bill.  The action baffled the fourth estate following the memorable yet cosy warm media breakfast at state house.

The media regulatory bodies in Kenya prior to the signing of the bill were unable to foresee the president’s move, the latter having fronted flawless camaraderie taming the media’s bark and consequently its bite.

So what is next for Kenyan media with such a bill in place? A very interesting turn of events may pan out.

In retrospect the late Comandante Hugo Chavez  was a subject to Venezuelan media ridicule throughout his whole tenure.  Irrespective of constant attacks from the media,the late Chavez embraced the fourth estate , even hosting his own show Aló Presidente -where he interacted with the public.  So what makes Kenya so special compared to Venezuela? Continue reading

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Gpr@dio -Your alternative frequency

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GP Radio –  General Principle 

Contrary to the popular definition associated with General Principle i.e. that of Street fairness. Our definition embodies the quest for social justice.  Abbreviated( GP) our application of this principle promotes  a just society by challenging injustice, enabling communities to understand their right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.

At GPradio we specialize in dissemination of credible information in the public domain towards informed debates. In addition we  premier, promote and play different genres of music in an internet radio show that engages listeners in critical thinking and debate about their societies.

GPradio is a program  of Maisha Yetu an organization that  specializes  in the creation of performance spaces for upcoming and established artists through programs such as WAPI and the Hiphop Parliament.

Music is a powerful tool that can be used to evoke awareness, debate and critical thinking around issues touching  our population.

Gpr@dio provides a space for all sections of youths to come together and articulate their struggles and visions, individually and collectively.  Through GPr@dio introspective dialogue creates inspired action to uplift Africa’s youth.

Our first episode  will be released within a  fortnight from now.

We will appreciate you comments and feedback from our social media platforms.

Copyright Intellectual property event recap

Haki Za Msanii is gradually growing and reaching out to young artists and art lovers alike. The informal set up allows artists to engage with panelists and exhaust topics on copyrights and Intellectual property which otherwise may be perceived as  ‘difficult’ by the average artist. This year’s event coincided with the Kenya Music week. Audience 2 The proffesionals invited break down the concepts in very palatable formats of presentations for the artists to digest. In attendance as presenters on the 8th of December 2012 were; Mwafrika & Rapcha (Raiyaa NTV) Paul Nzeveka ( Legal Counsel,Kenya copyright Board) Irene Kariuki (Perfomer’s rights society of Kenya) Photos from the event are  also available below. Irene kariuki

Irene Kariuki of Perfomer’s Rights Society of Kenya engaging audience on contracts

Download presentation from;  Irene Kariuki of Perfomer’s Rights Society of Kenya  –PRISK

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Paul Nzeveka Representative of the Kenya Copyright Board doing his presentation

Download presentation fromPaul Nzeveka Kenya Copyright Board KECOBO

Audience

Paying attention costs nothing! Audience engaged

Interaction hour

Interaction hour

Artists after workshop

Mwafrik Muki Rapcha

Guest appearances by Mwafrika and Rapcha of  NTV’s Raiyaa.

We’d like to thank each and everyone of you who managed to attend and those of you who made it possible.

Pan-African Hiphop connection #A Dollar a day

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Maisha Yetu is an arts NGO based in Nairobi, it’s scope as per the Non-Governmental Co-ordination board registration is local. This does not deter us from exploring collaborations with youth from other parts of Africa.  A dollar a day is such a collaboration that marks our main project for 2012, to organize for a concert of all artists who produced in the 18 track album.

The album is available for free download in our blog and music enthusiasts are encouraged to share the link .

We are working towards producing concerts in  Nairobi,Lagos and  Johannesburg as a symbol of friendship between African youth from the participating countries namely; Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe,Botswana and South Africa. Increasing free movement between our borders, thus mitigating on negative aspects of society such as Xenophobia and negative ethnicity.

A Dollar a day addresses social ills and confronts the stereotype of Africa’s majority population living below the proverbial dollar a day. By the use of popular culture  Hiphop,commentary and Spoken word poetry encourages Africa’s youth to tap within their talents and exhaust economic opportunities. As a result living  dignified beyond the stereotypes associated with Africa. Continue reading

A Dollar A Day Mcs -Omodada

” Nah Back door we use Entah// Still dey carry rhyme from time I dey for Placenta//….Moreover, whether april May or decembah!!//I dey quick to grab de Mic like , Kanye , SWIFTLY!!!” – Omodada

Omodada aka Aro was born in Ibadan , Nigeria where he spent his early formative years in Badagry , Nigeria , before he moved, and resided all over Africa with his parents and 4 siblings. He has lived in Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa and currently is based (for the time being) in the United States. Although he has always moved around, one thing has remained a constant in his life, a thirst for creativity and self-expression.

Play Onerz  here

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He linked up with Akili Blaq  in Mafikeng,South Africa while completing his law degree at the University of North West.  The two formed a long lasting understanding and shared a desire to be creative through Hip-hop and self expression. As part of the Lefoko team, they were able to bring these dreams into fruition.

Omodada’s style is a hybrid of personalities and persona’s formed and informed by the many countries, he has lived in and has been influenced by. Omodada attempts social commentary not only on his personal environment and experiences, but on Africa, and the world at large. He does this using humor, rhyme and rythym.

His next project is Music for Border Hoppers,which is to be produced by Akili Blaq and feature various artists including Bra Muki. The concept is music for persons who find themselves constantly moving, or who’ve had to learn to call a foreign country home or who interact with foreigners in their country or who just like good music!

 

 

A Dollar A Day – The Poets who made it possible

Ngozi Chukura is a graduate of the UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art, where she majored in print media.  A participant in  group exhibitions, amongst them, Headlines, a group fundraising exhibition at the Centre for African Studies Gallery, Cape Town and more recently, Surprize, Surprize at Thapong Visual Arts Centre, in Gaborone.

With a passion for words Ngozi continues to edit  manuscripts, books, and magazines, though its evident she is more inclined towards the more ephemeral, process- based medium of drawing, Ngozi explains  “I find drawing a more immediate way of working eanbling me to  unearth imaginations,transcribing one’s dreams into another medium- whether it is word or image.”   As a participant in A Dollar a day Ngozi laced her poem Blueman which leaves you yearning for her verses non-stop in the poem  Blueman describing  an intense dream.

Feel free to visit Ngozi’s blog  and read some of her short stories which have appeared in BKO a poetry journal based in Johannesburg.

Listen to Blueman here

Quote from Blueman “Her name is apathy her actions contradicts her meaning, supposedly she is numb but the only one with feeling, i bring the seers here so she can touch them with her healing.”

Fondly reffered to her close friends and fans as Makeda.  Mpho Ya Badimo’s political views suggest ‘All animals are equal’ and her religious views revolve around the bearing ‘love and practicality’. Mpho enjoys working as  a head designer in Fashion and art movement in SA. She works in SABC’s Motsweding fm as a Producer and presenter for her popular reggae show.

A member of a Poetic Army called Verbalized , a  group of  5 poets from UK and 5 from South Africa brought together by the British council,SA.  Through Verbalized  Mpho has performed in London, Leeds and Manchester after having been invited by Leeds’  young authors to give workshops  and preside over the  annual Poetry Slam as a judge ,the event takes  place yearly in the month of June.

Some of Mpho’s favourite books are; Eleven minutes,The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) ,I’ll marry if I want petals of blood (Ngugi wa thiong’o) Animal Farm (George Orwell) and that’s not the end Mpho kills it her poem ‘Questionable answers’  in a dollar a day this poem is bound to rock Hiphop and poetry lovers for days on end.  Listen to Questionable answers here.

Lerato Mosimane is one industrious Ausi (Sista) between organizing golf clinics during 16 days of activism and organizing for women empowerement workshops in soweto,hillbrew and other areas prone with violence against women, she easily  manages to lay her vocals on her poem Mosadi which is Setswana for -the one who is left behind.  Lerato tackles the stereotype of the African woman subjugated in decision making of the family,controversial? -yes.  Other parts of the poem encourages “Taking stock of our cultural knowledge.”

For most part the poem pays tribute to heroines Graca Macel, Prof. Wangari Maathai,Brenda Fassie,Mirima Makeba,Mama Ellen Johnson amongst others.

The poem is spoken in Setswana and English. For all Jay Dilla fans i should warn you that  you may snap your neck on the spoken word and beat on this track.

Lerato runs Guy communications and is set to oversee  A Dollar a day marking 100 centenary years of the African National Congress struggle on February 14th during St. Valentine’s day.

Regos Mosimane is born a star, at age 10 her superstar qualities are quite evident,  she lights up a room playing various imaginary characters,projecting different vocal intonations while at it.  This young girl sparked the life of A Dollar day by introducing the musical project saying “I love music, I love music(s) but there is something different after other music(s).”  Ain’t that something?

Regos attends the International School of South Africa and plays the piano as her first instrument.

Maisha Yetu featuring Kenya Copyright Board

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On the 27th of August 2011, Maisha yetu conducted a workshop and invited the kenya copyright board to disseminate in a palatable format to artists matters concerning copyrights and intellectual property. Education is one of Maisha Yetu’s objectives to enhance capacity amongst artists in the creative industry. Our focus is currently concentrated on empowering established… Read more.