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Iddi leads 360 degree look at perfoming arts

Saturday May 15 2010

Iddi leads 360 degree look at perfoming arts

Afro-fussion artiste Iddi Achieng’, in collaboration with artistes from Denmark and UK, using puppeteers, dancers and actresses, present ‘Eat Me,’ an interactive, promenade performance, which engages with the audience as active participants, not passive spectators.

It fuses theatre with visual art, film, dance, music, puppetry and fire sculpture. The work examines the theme of cultural consumption:

Why do “privileged” members of society want to consume negative images of the “under-privileged”, and what is the cost and the benefit of that transaction, to the consumer and to the consumed? Specifically, how does that process of consumption affect relationships between Africans and Europeans?

The work takes, as a starting point, interactions between commercial sex workers and those who have a financial effect on their lives: clients, NGO donors, doctors, the Church, the police, family, etc.

The artistes are working with Rahab Omunzi, a former commercial sex worker who was voted Parents Magazine Local Hero in February this year for her work counselling sex workers and abused women in Nairobi. The show premiers next week, Thursday, May 20, at the Ramoma.

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Who will be miss Kenya 2010?

Preparations for the search are in motion with the first auditions being held in Mombassa this weekend.

Compared to previous years, where after the auditions all you see are beautiful girls on advertisements towards the finals of the competition, this year Kenyans will get an opportunity to know, interact with and even help in the selection of the finalists for the Miss World Kenya crown, which will be aired on Citizen TV.

The nationwide search will run, in Mombasa – May 15; Nakuru and Eldoret – May 22; Kakamega and Kisumu – May 29; Garissa and Meru – June 5; Nyeri and Machakos – June 12; and Nairobi – June 19. The finals will be on August 21.

Though not much is being disclosed at this time, what you can expect from the pageant are a captivating couple of weeks with the climax on the final night when one beautiful and very lucky girl gets to represent Kenya at this year’s Miss World Competition to be held on November 6 in Vietnam.

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Jaguar in talks with ex CMB members

Jaguar is kicking Prezzo in the groin, yet again. The singer has declared himself the new King of Bling and is now in talks with the Cash Money Brothers after reports emerged that the boys have ditched Prezzo.

Speaking to exclusively to Buzz, the artiste revealed that some of the CMB allies wanted to join his clique and he does not see why not. Touche!

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2009 Sprite Slam champ to play in Singapore

Last year’s Sprite Slam participant, Joseph Ouma, is set to play in the national basketball team that will represent Kenya in the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore this August.

Ouma, 18, was part of a five-member team that was selected during the 2009 Sprite Slam tournament to take part in a Basketball without Borders (BWB) training camp in South Africa last September.

"My game has tremendously improved and now that I have been chosen to play in the national team, I think I will work towards improving my game,” Ouma said in a telephone interview.

The Sprite Slam Tour culminated in a countrywide talent search tournament sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s Sprite brand and involved seasoned NBA players and coaches as instructors.

Ouma, who is a student at Shimo la Tewa Secondary School, is currently playing for the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) team in Mombasa and is upbeat about his promising career in professional basketball.

In an interview with Buzz, Ouma said he was determined to play professional basketball and is working hard towards achieving that dream.

“I want to play in the NBA and play like the professional players,” said an enthusiastic Ouma.

His former colleagues at the BWB camp, Tyler Okari of Friends School Kamusinga and James Mathiang of Nairobi International School, are also hopeful of making it to professional basketball circles and are paying for their respective school teams.

Mathiang, who earned a scholarship from his skills on the pitch, is vibrant that he will get to play in the NBA. The 2010 Sprite Slam Challenge starts next Saturday all over the country.

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