This weekend, forget golf and join me in a different kind of swing. With the Kisima Awards on tonight, the Safaricom Kenya Classical Fusion tonight and on Sunday and the Tusker All Stars Concert tomorrow, I am giving my clubs — but not my swing — a break this weekend.
The ninth Kisima Musical Awards, a re-loaded version, goes down tonight at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi. The awards seeks to showcase the best talent in the music industry locally and regional. According to its website, this year’s event will run under the theme, ‘Music Connects’ and apparently this particular edition has been positioned to recognise the “rekindling” of our music industry in terms of content and delivery — all packaged in a socially responsive and enhanced format. So, if you have an early afternoon golf game at the Railway Golf Club or at Royal Nairobi Golf Club, call a taxi and join Kenya’s hottest musicians at the KICC — the dancing would help with your hip-movement and maybe even cure your slice off the tee and the sight of some of the most beautiful women may keep you away from golf for life!
Away from Kisima, East Africa’s biggest event, the Tusker All Stars Concert, featuring Mr Boombastic himself — Shaggy, Eve, Cabo Snoop of the Windhek fame, Amani, Alpha, Msechu and Davies, will take place at the Carnivore grounds tomorrow from 2pm to midnight. If ever there was a reason to miss a round of golf, then this is it.
The explosion of music at the Carnivore would be a welcome break from the pristine fairways of the Karen Country Club and I assure you that the ladies would be in much shorter dresses. A warning, however, if you are over 40 years, like some of us, then perhaps a visit to Fundi Frank (accompanied by your young son) is recommended — your chequered golf trousers and woollen cap would not do at this concert.
A word of caution to Githae Kiereini, Raymond Nyamwea, Denis Kuchio, Anthony Gacheru, Kethi Kilonzi and Guto Mogere (a little bird whispered to me that you had each bought the Sh1,500 ticket during the buy one, get one free promotion) — the suits you buy from Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row in London would also not be welcome at the event kindly save those for the golf clubs. The Tusker All Stars Concert is a culmination of the Tusker Project Fame III and the Tusker All Stars reality TV programme.
The Safaricom Kenyan Classical Fusion takes place tonight at the Nairobi Arboretum. That should be a fantastic experience and great value for money at only Sh4,500 inclusive of dinner and again on Sunday at the Impala Grounds where you can expect to find me relaxing in the sun, sitting on my red masai shuka, eating a sandwich from a picnic basket — very mzungu. The event will feature, the world famous Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Kenya’s own Sauti Sol (my sons love them), among other gifted Kenyan musicians.
So with this kind of music going on right here in Nairobi, why would I play golf this weekend? For the golf die-hards, here is my take, squeeze in an early afternoon round today then drive to either the Kisima awards or the Aboretum.