Alamin Somo, John-Dennis Renken for Artistic Encounters on October 30.

Alamin Somo, John-Dennis Renken for Artistic Encounters on October 30.

Alamin Somo and John-Dennis Renken are the featured artists for Artistic Encounters at the Goethe-Institut in Nairobi on October 30, 2019. Their show will be moderated by book blogger James Murua.

In Artistic Encounters, two artists of different genres meet and create an art experience of their combined work then share it with the audience at the Goethe-Institut in Nairobi. In the last three years, Nairobi audiences have experienced shows by artists from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Botswana, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, and Sierra Leone. Some of the artists have been Victor Ehikhamenor, Koleka Putuma, Christine Kamau, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Lola Shoneyin, Maimouna Jallow, Angela Makholwa, Patricia Kihoro, Pede Hollist, Hana Kefela, Prudence Katomeni, Adipo Sidang’, Niq Mhlongo, Nick Ndeda, Ngartia, Olumide Popoola, Dami Ajayi, Makadem, Sitawa Namwalie, Yewande Omotoso, Shan Bartley, Shadreck Chikoti, Abu Sense, Kagayi Peter, Chris Adwar, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, and Tomeletso Sereetsi.

The featured artists for this month’s edition of Artistic Encounters are poet Alamin Somo and trumpeter John-Dennis Renken. Alamin Somo, a presenter at Radio Salaam based in Mombasa, is a leading Kiswahili poet from his coastal base. Here is a presentation he made while at the Swahili Poetry Festival earlier in the year.


John-Dennis Renken is a German trumpeter who lives in Bremen and will be making a maiden appearance on a stage in Nairobi, Kenya. Here is Renken performing;


The two will perform a combined show at the Goethe-Institut before sitting for a session moderated by James Murua.

The show begins at 6pm.


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