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The Dance for Wives by Paul Ekuru

In Film on October 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm

As part of a series of posts on African FilmmakingUkwelii and The Eumagine Factory will be looking at East African Film in the region both those that have been in circulation for a while, and some new content in the region.

Eumagine is doing some great things including the amazing concept for EumagineTV (I found out about them via Twitter) and whatever insight I can lend towards shining a bit of light on the East African Filmmaking industry, I’d be glad to.

In this first instalment of the series, we look at Paul Ekuru’s trailer for his short film The Dance for Wives – who you can fan on Facebook here. Paul Ekuru’s a good friend of mine and a director I respect. He came out of the Maisha Film Lab with this screenplay and got it to shootable and actually shot it. He attended the Maisha Film Lab at the Kenya International Film Festival (I was another one of the participants) and his screenplay was selected from 8 screenplays.

Shooting, he was respectful to all cast and crew and went well out of his way to make sure everyone and everything was well taken care of. A mark of character that will definitely see him succeed in this industry, I believe.

He’s since had the film screened at the Zanzibar International Film Festival and was nominated for two Kalasha Award for Best Short Film (That award went to Judy Kibinge for her short film The Killer Necklace) and for Best Leading Actress – Karen ‘Kaz’ Lucas.

The Poster for the Nairobi premiere which was at Alliance Francaise. And the Cast and Crew in attendance getting recognised for their efforts in putting the film together. From Right to Left: My apologies for not getting all the names during the event. (Sound Guy/Jack of all Trades, Actor (Melvin Alusa), Actress (Mumbi Kaigwa),  Props and Costumes (Bernadette Otieno), Writer/Director (Paul Ekuru) and their Director of Photography)

 

And what you’ve been waiting for…The Trailer.

Any thoughts on the film? How about on Kenyan Film/African Film in General. I’d like to know.

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Mo Faya The Musical

In Happenings, Perspective on September 26, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Mo Faya The MusicalA couple years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend what I consider one of the greatest Kenyan theatre plays of all time. It blew my mind to possibilities and intricacies in my culture and more specifically Sheng. And in some regard, it paved the way for some of the work I went on to do including working with Warner Bros.

The play was Lwanda: A Ghetto Story. [A review on Mwafrika.Com]

With Eric Wainaina, Dan “Chizi” Aceda, Helen Mtawali, Kiki Mutungi, Jacquie Nyaminde – Wilbroda on Papa Shirandula and two of my favourite characters in the play Karis and Oti played by Sam Kihiu and Joshua Mwai. Mumbi Kaigwa gave a splendid performance as the greedy seductress Anna Mali.

I laughed so hard, so heartily and enjoyed a hot, spicy plate of Kenyan culture, seasoned with song, dance and infectious rhythms. I would call it one of the most remarkable stage performances I’ve ever experienced.

Lwandas also went on a nationwide tour sponsored by Uraia

That play is now known as Mo Faya The Musical. In a couple days,  and is set to tour Broadway at the New York Musical Theatre Festival with 6 shows lined up for them.

The Cast and Crew this time around, include Tim Rimbui (Sound Design), John Sibi Okumu (Director), Mike Inwood (Lighting Designer), Bernita Robinson (Stage Manager), Michael Joseph Ormond (Production Stage Manager) Ken Larson (Set Designer), Daniel Kiwasi (Choreographer), Carol Atemi, Valerie Kimani and Mumbi Kaigwa. Not forgetting Eric Wainaina of course.

I can’t wait to see and hear what comes out of it. See below for the synopsis of Mo Faya. I’m sure it will be just as exhilarating and hilarous as it first was.

DJ Lwanda’s voice rings out daily on local radio, leading and inspiring the Nairobi community of Kwa Maji. But Anna Mali, an avaricious real estate diva, craves the land beneath their slum. She seduces the fiery young DJ away with a job at a top nationwide station, and organizes a violent campaign to terrorize the people of Kwa Maji. When the government and media turn a blind eye to the decapitated bodies in the streets, DJ Lwanda must return home to expose the truth. But at what cost?

You can follow Mo Faya The Musical (Attend it via Facebook, Follow them on Twitter or keep up with them via their blog.

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=134456791700&ref=ts#/group.php?gid=134023360673
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mofayamusical
Show Site http://www.mofayathemusical.com/blog

Any experiences in theatre you would care to share? Any must-see plays you know of? Theatre not really your thing?