Coke Studio 2017 Edition Premiers

Coke Studio Africa’s premier was, as always, quite the glamorous experience. Held on Sunday the 10th of September, the exclusive premier was hosted at Kiza lounge, Nairobi, celebrating the 2017 edition of the Pan-African music show.

Becky Sangolo and Caroline Wangari both of The Band BECA perform at the party.

Dela, The Band BeCa, DNG, Amina Abdi Rabar, Miss Kibati and Pinky Chaggar we were among the celebrities and affluent persons present. Coca Cola Executives were of course also present, along with the Coke Studio band and production crew.

This year’s show will comprises 11 one-hour episodes and the globe is looking forward to the world-class collaborations that will take place during this season. Coke Studio Africa  is now in its fifth year and still features the best of Kenyan music and talent collaborating with equally talented artists from other counties. The Kenyan artists queued to feature this year include Khaligraph Jones, Nyashinski, the award-winning Sauti Sol, Avril and the new talk of the town, The Band BeCa.

Head of Sales and Marketing at Little, Maureen Chege, Coke Studio Project Manager, Andrew Alovi and Singer, Dela.

Something to look forward to are the collaborations that will not only be make on the Coke Studio Africa stage but also off stage. Last year we got ‘Unconditionally Bae’ by Sauti Sol and Alikiba, Nakupenda by Nyashinski and Yemi Alade as well as ‘Tulia Tu’ by King Kaka and Pantsula from South Africa.

The show premiered this week on Citizen TV at 8:00 pm and will run every Sundays till 10th December 2017.

As always, it was a pleasure covering the event.

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Aerial Silk Aerobics meets Interpretive Dance

Andrea and Joanne in a choreographed dance

What does aerial silk aerobics and interpretive dance have in common?

At first glance the quick answer is ‘nothing much!’ but when we shot  Joanne Ball-Burgess and Andrea Hartley’s choreography at the Mom3entum Fitness Gym on Muguga Green, Brookside this past Friday, the answer is… being on the ground isn’t a dance requirement!

If you’ve never watched aerial silk aerobics live in session then you’d be in awe at how a human being can manoeuvre silk and remain airborne for more than 30 minutes take after take. That and how a mother of three, yogi, dancer and former Sakata judge still dances better than you wish you could.

Damian Marley’s R.O.A.R blared on the portable speaker while David Gitonga, founder of E-Labz, worked his magic behind the camera trying to capture the magic from various angles- a difficult task given that the dancing was… well, dancing, and there was a lot of movement both on the ground with Joanne and having Andrea between two silk fabrics above her.

Here at E-Labz we pride ourselves in creating unique digital content while working on fun projects and this was definitely one of those. It’s safe to go ahead and copyright our bragging rights on being the first Kenyan content marketing company to capture this sort of collaboration, yes?

To work with Joanne, feel free to inbox her via Facebook on Judge Jo1. If you’re interested in learning more about or attending an aerial silk class with Andrea, find her on AER Africa on Facebook. The Mom3ntum Fitness Gym will be opening soon but in the meantime you can check out The Momentum Coffee Bar where we did an interview with Joanne earlier that afternoon. Serene is the word that best describes it, definitely worth the visit.

Videos will be coming out soon on our socials so stay tuned!

 

Maureen Wambaire is a social media manager and blogger at E-LABZ.  Branding is her thing, helping clients showcase their best as they share their stories with the world. Her twitter handle is @wambairem or reach her via email at maureen@e-labz.info.

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Nairobi Cultural Festival – National Museums

I had a great time at the second Nairobi Cultural Festival that brought together people from different cultures and backgrounds. The place was parked with foreigners and locals alike showcasing their products, cultures, and enjoying what was on display.

I got to enjoy exotic food and got to meet people from different cultures. Check out the pics below:

A Sunny Day to enjoy the cuisine and meet new people.

 

My plate of the Botswana Ox Tongue cuisine. Yummy!!

 

This is a veggie pizza. Enticing indeed.

 

The Yakitori looked yummy as well and the chef was very welcoming.

 

The Yakitori burning on the stove

 

This is the Indonesian version of the Yakitori

 

 

Met these beautiful Botswanian women and we had a fun photo shoot

 

Proud to be Botswanian

 

Performances

 

Ancient Artifacts surrounded us

 

What a fulfilling day. I was simply out to take a few photos but it ended up being a blast and lots of fun.

I look forward to the third Nairobi Cultural Festival, and hopefully, meet more people.

 

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