How about winding up your week in an open-air kind of setting coupled with swaying trees cooling effect, listening to slow soothing music, poetic pieces to massage your mind and a free lunch to boot.

Poetry After Lunch – Kisumu presents exactly that, the open mic session after two test-runs in the past weeks continues to have poetry lovers at the edge of their seats with neatly-presented pieces.

Hosted by spoken-word artist Janabii Puthrambaka, PAL-Kisumu will be officially launching this Friday at Goan Hall (Tumsifu Centre) starting 10 am.


Poetry After Lunch – Kisumu Host Janabii Puthrambaka. Pic/Gman Inc Photography


The weekly event held every Friday gives great focus on performance arts including poetry, spoken-word and music.

Past events line-up has had the who-is-who in the city’s poetic sphere including Dawe Dawe, Hey Dee Mistari Za Wahenga , Ras Godisoh and Janabii Puthrambaka.

Spoken Word Artiste Dawe Dawe. Pic/Courtesy

With opportunity given to amateur performers to take on stage and showcase any new material in a show that continues to discover new and untapped talents.

The city’s dynamic poetic landscape continues to morph into a mature industry, starting out as Hip Hop Alive back in 2014 to Poetic Hour and later the street poetry sessions.

Janabii leading the pack in a cypher session during HIP HOP ALIVE back in 2014 at Alliance Francaise,Kisumu.. Pic/Dala Magazine

PAL-Kisumu, therefore, continues to present an opportunity to the artist to showcase their art.

“I have been involved at the happenings at Kenya National Theater Nairobi with PAL and decided to replicate the same down here in Kisumu,” says Asante Kwach Rading’, Co-Founder PAL-Kisumu.

A celebrated Percussionist and Theater Director Rading’ says PAL will offer a platform for artists to interact, network and critique their work. Also, a forum for artists to have one-on-one sessions with their fans to help grow their art.

Percussionist and Theater Director Kwach Rading. Pic/Dala Magazine

“We will use the space to also talk about our issues as artists, those that affect us such as alcoholism,’ adds Rading’.

PAL-Kisumu steady growth with audience doubling following just two shows; the team has now partnered with their host Baghdad for Peace (BAFOPE) and will this Friday at the official launch host guests artiste.

A past PAL Kisumu session at Goan Hall. Pic Gman Inc Photography

A past PAL Kisumu session at Goan Hall. Pic Gman Inc Photography

A past PAL Kisumu session at Goan Hall. Pic Gman Inc Photography

“We are expecting to host the PAL Nairobi team that include Founder Kennet B, Kenya Cultural Centre Directors, Poet Simiyu Pius among other guests,” says PAL-Kisumu Co-Founder Janabii Puthrambaka.

The event starts at 10 am with a pure artiste open-forum to interact, with the open mic session starting at exactly 1pm.

“Free Lunch will be served at 1pm courtesy of Food for Life, thereafter the event proper starts at half-past with the first session being the percussion discussion where we play instruments with poetic chants in between,” he says.

Artist lined-up to perform thereafter include Dawe Dawe, Hey D Mistari Za Wahenga, Ras Godisoh, Janabii Puthrambaka, Zawadi, Nyoremo, Kalamu ya Profesa, Poerick, Maxie Daniel, Jody, Valiant, Quetiino Affiliated, Josh Artkin, Mc Steel among others.

Music will be provided by an array of artiste including Creative Band Kenya(CBK), Jumadi Band and Soul Afrique.Entry is free.



Jumadi Band. Pic/Dala Magazine

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