If you love Kwame’s music, then you are well versed with the Tũrĩ A Mũmbi concerts that he hosts in Tigoni. But this particular show has a different twist to it.
Kwame has already set himself apart from the other musicians in the Gĩkũyũ entertainment scene where he has chosen to help bring up a generation that appreciates the Agĩkũyũ culture by indoctrinating us to the cultures, beliefs and way of live of our ancestors led by Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi. This is a theme that runs through his music and his concerts. In fact, he aptly refers to himself as the Cultural Icon.
On Mashujaa Day, he shall be hosting the Mwene Nyaga Series concert that shall also act as the live recording of his Njamba cia Ita EP. You would expect a live recording from a concert to be in video form, but for Kwame Rĩgĩi, this will be an audio live recording.
Speaking to wandindi.co.ke, Kwame says that this shall be a concert full of artful lyrics and thought-provoking stories about yester days heroes who fought for independence as well as current-day heroes whose works go unnoticed and unappreciated.
“I shall be performing a collection of Gĩkũyũ spirituals and also sharing childhood stories of how I came to know about some of the freedom fighters. We plan to make the event as intimate as possible. It is about time we bring the Shujaas out of the shadows.”
Despite the fact that the show is only limited to 20 people, this is a great initiative by the the cultural icon, as he concludes by saying, “Mashujaa Day shouldn’t be a cursory blip or date on the calendar; it shouldn’t be merely a holiday or a day off work, but rather a deep reflection and appreciation.”
The show will be directed by Thiong’o wa Njoroge and Kwame.