The mere mention of The Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC) attracts such angst and makes some Kenyans start frothing at the mouth and so predictably there was uproar among some Kenyans on twitter when news reached them that the company had been awarded two marketing awards by the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK). The awards were as below:
Winner: Best Corporate launch
2nd runner-up: Best Marketing by a Parastatal or Government department
As I walked into Goethe institute a few minutes after seven, on a particularly chilly Saturday evening on the 11th of November, where the Ma3 had been parked showcasing its interior sound power and great company, Antoneosoul, the Kondi/ tout of the day was on stage making the best of his vocals as he made the crowed feel at ease, in the soon to be crowded matatu.
The stage was well lit with the instruments shimmering and photos of the band were being projected to the side walls of the hall. The crowd either bumped their heads through out the evening or did an outright jig to the various tunes that were being belted out. An anatomy of a good evening.
The Ma3 band comprises of the lead singer Nanjira the vocalist, Kimeto the guitarist, Brayo the drummer, Kato the electric guitarist, Karimi acoustic guitarist and prolific producer Tim Rimbui as the pianist.
The day was graced by -the soft spoken & John Legend look alike- Dempsey singing a tune to ‘Carol’ confessing the almost doesn’t count theorem and another on being a geek. This young man is the next big thing.
Ma3 then went on stage & they started with the song “Haki yetu” that features Juliani. It’s a classic hit and I am sure a Kenyan film/TV production that will have a scenes containing demonstrations will have this song on its soundtrack for effect. “Usilesi” (a Swahili corruption of the word useless) was next and it got me laughing as I could relate with it wholly, being arrested by a kanjo, city council askari, for no reason at all. The events that happen and could be avoided are ‘usilesi’ moments. The evening ended with a play of their famous song “Beba beba”.
It was a great show & I wish to commend the Ma3 band. I expect this band to go places and be featured in so many other forums with the kind of music that they have chosen to embrace. Their talent is oozing out of their instruments and the entertainment factor deeply entrenched in their songs. The 12 track album is available at pewahewa.com.
The photos are courtesy of Kevdanative. Check out more photos from the launch here.
The time is the future. I’m guessing the near future because things don’t look all that different from the present and there aren’t any flying cars or food in pill form. One thing that seems to have changed, remarkably, is people’s primal urge to watch two grown men systematically turn each others faces into pudding by gently inserting their fists into them. In the film “Real Steel,” human boxing has been completely replaced by robot boxing. Yes, the premise is ridiculous but director Shawn Levy has managed to craft a rather enjoyable film out of it.
The film stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton. A down-on-his-luck former boxer (the human kind) who now ears a living by competing in underground boxing bouts and exhibitions (the robot kind). His ex-girlfriend dies, and he takes charge of his 11 year old son Max (Dakota Goyo). Charlie is no father-of-the-year and only agrees to take Max temporarily and only if he gets paid. Charlie wants his childhood friend Bailey Tallet (Evangeline Lilly) to take care of Max while he goes out on his bouts but Max, who is a huge fan of robot boxing, manages to find a way to tag along.
While breaking into a junkyard with Charlie to steal scraps for a new robot, Max finds an old discarded robot called Atom. Atom is an obsolete sparring robot which Max thinks can fight again. Through his tenacity he manages to convince Charlie to “train” & fight him. The story then progresses in predictable fashion with Atom, the underdog, overcoming steep odds to win in fights against much stronger foes and ultimately ends up challenging the robot boxing champion Zeus.
The film manages to make us forget it’s cliched veneer by giving us two lovable characters in Charlie & Max who manage to endear themselves to the audience with their performances and on-screen chemistry. Especially Dakota Goyo as Max. He manages to steal every scene he is in by his natural performance that feels so effortless for one so young.
Then there are the robots. Not autonomous, they are fully controlled via remote therefore it is hard to see them as characters in and of themselves. However, they look very good with top notch robot character design.
The robot bouts themselves are a thrill-a-minute, engaging and a blast to watch. Well choreographed and with exiting progression, they pull you in and you find yourself really getting into it. The special effects are seamless and immaculate and at no point do you doubt that these giant 8 foot robots are actually pounding on each other.
This is by no means a great film. After watching it, you will not be filled by a new sense of meaning for life. It simply offers some good clean fun to be had by all. Shawn Levy, who has previously done mostly comedies, shows he has a real penchant for directing action. Kids of all ages should enjoy Real Steel which packs a medium punch but it’s straight to the pleasure centre of your brain.