The Star (Nairobi)

15 January 2013

Kenya: Sitawa to Launch Her Poetry Night in Nakuru

Kenyan poet, Sitawa will be expanding the reach of her Nairobi based poetry nights by launching a Nakuru edition.

The Nakuru launch of Sitawa Ignited will be on Saturday 19 at Sisima Coffee from 3pm. It will see performances from both local and Nairobi poets and bands. The evening will have a brief screening and discussion just to give the guests a feel of a Sitawa Ignited evening. Entrance to this launch will be Sh 500.

Sitawa Ignited is a monthly evening of poetry and wine that was founded in 2008. The event is unique in that it recognised the power of promoting aspiring talent and incorporating discussions and meaning to pieces as opposed to being a poetry recital night.

The evening provided a platform to aspiring poets to showcase their work as guest poets as opposed to performing late in the night after seasoned poets. Most of the poets who went through the platform have since climbed ranks to be spoken word champions and gone ahead to open their own poetry nights beside conquering other poetic mountains.

Besides, poets, the platform also opened up to aspiring Afro-fusion/Neo-soul bands like Lele and Aziza as there were no avenues for such bands to showcase their work. The Nairobi edition of the poetry night will be on January 26. It will be a wine and cheese party.

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