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Otieno Gomba Interview at Maasai Mbili Studio Kibera, Nairobi
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Arts and Culture Otieno Gomba Interview at Maasai Mbili Studio Kibera, Nairobi

Otieno Gomba is a visual artist whose practice is deeply informed by signwriting and the space in which he works and lives – Kibera, one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements, or slums. In 2001 he and fellow artist Otieno Kota founded the pioneering Maasai Mbili Art Centre – which serves as a studio cum gallery and a platform for many creatives from the area. Since then Gomba has developed his own distinctive style, referred to as ‘ghetto art’, and while painting is at the heart of his practice Gomba also ventures into community outreach projects, conceptual art, fashion, mixed media and music. In order to find out more about the artist, whose work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internally, I popped by the Maasai Mbili Art Centre to have chat with him.

Kechi Okwuchi, Sosoliso plane crash survivor gets standing ovation at America’s Got Talent
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Arts and Culture Kechi Okwuchi, Sosoliso plane crash survivor gets standing ovation at America’s Got Talent

America’s Got Talent was privileged to have Kechi Okwuchi grace its stage. The Nigerian, whose story inspired many, sang beautifully as well. After surviving a plane crash in 2005 that claimed the lives of 60 of her classmates, she stood before the world and sang her heart out. Her story has gone viral, and definitely more people will be rooting for her to win.

Afro Beat scion Femi Kuti breaks Kenny G’s 1997 record, narrowly misses world record
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Lifestyle Afro Beat scion Femi Kuti breaks Kenny G’s 1997 record, narrowly misses world record

Femi Kuti was thought to have set a new world record for the longest single note held on a saxophone on 7th May at the New Africa Shrine. Femi’s held a note for 46 minutes 38 seconds. It turns out that the record was in fact broken by Vann Burchfield, a saxophonist in Birmingham standing at 47 minutes and 6 seconds. On finding out he missed out, Femi tweeted: “If this is so, then like I’ve said we will work to achieve the 50min mark. No wahala [no problem]. I believe I’ve still got a bit more energy in my tank.”