"art is / East Africa" (29 min. 39 sec.) is a collaboration between George Quasha and Mamta Murthy for GQ's ongoing work called "art is / poetry is / music is" and represented by several volumes here: see quasha.com for details and full context. Funded in part by GQ's 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship, Mamta Murthy traveled and filmed in East Africa and in 2008 made the first edit in Mumbai (Bombay). This further edit includes these 26 artists:
Phillda Njau, photographer, musician (Nairobi); Bantu Mwaura, poet, writer (Nairobi); Mumbi Kaigwa, actor (Nairobi); Andrew Njoroge, photographer, African colors (Nairobi); John Washika, acrobat, Sarakasi Trust (Nairobi); Joy Mboya, performer, arts administrator (Nairobi); Judy Kibenga, filmmaker (Nairobi); Farouque Abdella, textile/couture (Zanzibar); Kevin Odour, sculptor (Nairobi); Gakunju Kaigwa, sculptor (Nairobi); Tony Mboyo, puppeteer, (Kibera, Nairobi), Jack Omondi, puppeteer (Nairobi); Dayo Forster, writer (Gambia-Kenya); Elimo Njau, painter, sculptor, Paayapaa Gallery founder (Nairobi); Kuldeep Sondhi, playwright, (Mombasa, Kenya); Robert Ngoroma, dancer, musician (Bogamoyo, Tanzania); Aimee Ongeso Akinyi, poet, student (Nairobi); Joel Godiah, actor/director, teacher (Mombasa, Kenya); Tabitha Wa Thuku, visual artist, student (Nairobi); Caroline Nderitu, performance-poet (Nairobi); Elizabeth Orchardson Mazmi, visual artist, teacher (Nairobi); Jhiko Man, afro-reggae musician, Rastafarian (Zanzibar); Zein L’Abdin, Taraab music legend (Mombasa); Miriam Syowia Kyambi, visual artist (Nairobi); Patrick Mukabi, visual artist (Nairobi); Justus Kyalo, visual artist, dancer (Nairobi)
Note: artists speaking only Swahili have not be included in this version but will appear in a separate piece.
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