This month, Publicist to the stars Anyiko Owoko attends one of Nairobi’s most intimate events: Sofar Sounds Nairobi, then samples the best Molo Lamb in the most unexpected restaurant. She also meets up with Kenya’s first English Premier League Player: Victor Wanyama for a big announcement, before flying into a Kenyan aviation art experience like no other.
Most Memorable Quote
International Kenyan football stars: Victor Wanyama, (signed to Tottenham Hotspurs) and McDonald Mariga (signed to Real Oviedo), are back in Kenya. At the end of June 2018, the brothers partnered with Roya Entertainment to launch the ‘Under 16 Wanyama Royal Charity Cup’ in Kenya. At the press conference launch event that I hosted, Wanyama stated: “From 2019, the tournament will be going to all 47 counties with a mission of avoiding talented players ending up in jail or unemployed because of missing out on opportunities.”
I attended both nights and co- hosted day two of Kenya’s first in-flight art experience— Air Gikosh (Gikomba), conceptualised by Osborne Macharia alongside his long-term collaborator: super stylist Kevo Abbra. The event was a fusion of aviationm art and onboard entertainment with a soundtrack by “Captains” Blinky Bill, Suraj and Jinku. Fiction played a huge role in the concept of Air Gikosh which, from the 1st of September, will be displayed in Switzerland’s Brooklyn Bar.
For more information visit: www.airgikosh.com
If you fancy Indian cuisine then you must visit Occidental Plaza along Westlands’ Muthithi Road and find Shanuz BBQ. Before dining here I actually didn’t think there could be Chicken Tikka and Chooza this juicy! I love their outside seating area which like many Mombasa food joints, is an open space garage-turned-restaurant. What’s more, their Molo Lamb Chops are legit; light, soft and full of flavour—the best I’ve had in Nairobi! I was born and raised in Molo, so I can spot a real Molo Lamb when I taste one and the Shanuz chefs nail it!
Kenyan rapper Khaligraph has finally dropped his album, Testimony 1990. The album is a true testimony of the road he has travelled—from a struggling Kayole rapper to one of Kenya’s top urban stars. Out of the 17 tracks, Testimony 1990 features 10 collaborations. With the exception of “Now You Know”, featuring Tanzanian rapper Rostam, all its singles are brand new releases. Interesting and ballsy strategy not to include the hit songs we know him for like, “Mazishi”, “Omollo” and “Nataka Iyo Doh”, which played a big part in cementing his status as East Africa’s rap King.
Most Kenyan Moment
I recently visited Wote, the headquarters of Makueni County, situated South-East of Kenya. Makueni is famed as Kenya’s best performing county in terms of public participation and open dialogue between its citizens and the County government. The County has set up ‘Makueni Studios’ that has been operating for several months now, and is open for all Makueni music acts – for free! Their County government also partnered with a private company to set up a local radio station ‘Ene FM’ whose main role is to launch their artists’ music and to inform and collect feedback from the citizens about the County government services. Imagine if every county in Kenya did this?
I recently discovered a global platform championing live acoustic music: Sofar Sounds in Nairobi. Every month, the invite-only and open networking event visits a new venue. I attended Sofar Sounds Nairobi which hosted Wendy Kemunto, Sheeba Marie, Yellow Light Machine and South African singer: Berita, held at a Kitisuru office garden. Only thing guests are not allowed to do is record videos and pictures as the Sofar team records their own videos of the performance for their YouTube channel. By writing this, I hope I am not going against their request: “We request that you do not share the event details with any parties (public or private) so as to maintain the exclusiveness and personalised nature of the event.”