Fatuma’s Voice 2nd Anniversary:
Two calendars have passed since a voice first spoke on behalf of Fatuma. More than 80 sessions later, poets, musicians, businessmen, journalists, doctors, and an amazing audience have been speaking in performances, motivational talks and discussions. It feels like we are just getting started, because Nakuru has joined us in the journey, and soon Mombasa will be on board. Africa is waiting. Today we celebrate Fatuma’s Voice 2nd Anniversary.
The Fatuma’s Voice team invites you to our 2nd-anniversary celebrations as we mark another milestone of passionate living and valuable friendships. We are here because you have been walking with us. Time to challenge ourselves more to do bigger things for the voiceless. For more about Fatuma’s Voice 3rd Anniversary, see this.
Celebrating Two Years Art | Poetry | Music #HappyBirthdayFatumasVoice
Fatuma’s Voice: Celebrating Two Years Can make scribbles; has begun to run; imitates appearance and activity; can walk up and down a staircase but while holding to the rail: these are the activities a two-year-old is capable of.
Howbeit, this two-year-old writes the legible; carves out the inimitable; runs; and even soars past the skyline. As it may seem, it has not been easy. Greatness isn’t!
Red/black/white: the theme. The colours adorned Mageuzi Theatre
Just past 17:30 p.m on Saturday 11th July 2015 and my feet are leading me to PAWA 254. The people look very exquisite and vivacious. It couldn’t be austere. Red/black/white: the theme. The colours adorned Mageuzi Theatre and set the mood for the 2nd Anniversary of Fatuma’s Voice. At 18:00 p.m the venue was more than full already. The host, Nuru Bahati, hospitably welcomed everyone. To keep the ball rolling, members of the audience recalled individual touching experiences from past editions of Fatuma’s Voice.
Achien’g Abura charges Fatuma’s Voice to Claim Public Spaces and Transform Kenya
After that brief session, the 56th Slam King, Keith (aka Cartoonist), opened by performing “Write Me A Song” accompanied by a guitarist and a vocalist; the singer Dennis Mugiira serenaded the audience next, before the legend herself, the celebrated Achieng’ Abura graced the stage. She threw down the gauntlet and I quote verbatim, “We are the mirror of society. What we express in our moments and happiness can be used in changing our mindsets in Kenya. I want to see Fatuma’s Voice claim its space in public.”We are the mirror of society. What we express in our moments and happiness can be used in changing our mindsets in Kenya. I want to see Fatuma's Voice claim its space in public. - Achieng' Abura Click To Tweet
Geneiva Arunga A.K.A Dadabass Performed the intriguing “Curfew” at Fatuma’s Voice
Her powerful voice then fell upon the room like the tongues of fire on Pentecost Day as the audience pleaded her to sing. Nuru then called Geneiva Arunga who performed the intriguing “Curfew”.
Owuor Arunga, a jazz trumpeter, was one of the guests at Fatuma’s Voice 2nd Anniversary.
Immediately after, this was followed by a second piece with her brother, the much celebrated Owuor Arunga, who played the trumpet.
Owuor Arunga is a jazz trumpeter. This was his first time at Fatuma’s Voice but definitely not his last! He was born in Kisumu in Kenya and moved to New York in the early 2000s, where he studied in The New School’s Jazz & Contemporary Music Program.
Naomi Wamboe: The Ageless and Intriguing Performer
The next performer was Naomi who performed her new track “Summer Time” with alacrity. The ageless Naomi Wamboe is well known for her intriguing performances and is very active on Instagram where she keeps in touch with her fans. The Fatuma’s Voice 2nd Anniversary was also her forst experience with our forum.
An array of photographs was then displayed to portray the beauty, laughter, tears, reflections, questions, muses, that has been Fatuma’s Voice for the past two years and also say “Thank you!” for the support they’ve received. Chris Mukasa, the team leader, then spoke of the impact of Fatuma’s Voice this far and invited on stage: Eric Otieno, the co-founder, Nuru Bahati, Lavender Awuor, Dan Nyacharo, Sarah Masese, Ian Obonyo and the entire team members.
These ladies and gentlemen looked amazing in their themed dresses and suits. Contrastingly, in my hoodie, I didn’t get the memo. (Or probably I did but acted the Kenyan way: choosing to ignore it). Gufy Dox and Miss Kenya USA, Angela, led the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to Fatuma’s, genially. Moto the beatboxer followed in performance to a deserved standing ovation.
He mesmerised. The singer-cum-choreographer Chilu then sang a ballad with Dennis Mugiira on the guitar; U Zwazo, a three lady acapella group thrilled the audience with two pieces: “Blessing” and the other a combination of cover songs. Eric Otieno (aka Rixpoet) then invited Mufasa on stage who performed the people’s favourite “My Future Wife” at a fan’s request (as Rix put it); before talking about his show “Blame My Roots” that was to happen on the next day (12th July 2015) at Alliance Française.
Xtian Dela poses with Fatuma’s Voice team members after the event
Pastor Jack Odhiambo was then also called to encourage the audience and in turn introduced his brother who performed an entertaining spoken word piece. There was a brief thought provoking video shown to hearten the audience to leave a legacy prior to their demise. The same was accentuated by Rixpoet when he averred, “What’s the quality of your voice? Greatness does not come cheap!”
Do something with your life was Rixpoet’s concluding message at around 20:30 p.m as he registered gratitude and asked the audience to head to the rooftop for snacks, refreshments and cake. Yes. You thought right. “Celebrate good times, come on (Let’s celebrate)!” Kool & the Gang told us. People ate, mingled, danced, sang with verve as they awaited the cutting of the cake. Chats. Smiles here.
Laughter there. Warm embraces everywhere. Some cigarette smoke blew past your nose at some corner. The air was expectant with indescribable ecstasy. Then at 21:15 p.m, the knife passionately kissed the two cakes to everyone’s cheer. And they tasted sweet. Indeed, it was #HappyBithdayFatumasVoice (which like #Dorphanage, also trended on Twitter). The celebration has just commenced!