Go hungry, stay lean but maintain your pride
Be broke but be clean, stand up right
Even in your worst misery, wear a smile
Rejoice always, pray every day and night
Pray for the dead, pray for the sun
Pray for the rain, pray for your son
Pray for peace in the Middle East
God Bless America, God Bless The Queen
Man proposes, God disposes
Him who opposes shall be disposed off
Never question the authorities, power is supreme
On their list of priorities, you come first
Always compare your life to the worst
Like, many would kill for what you got, be grateful
You got food, your country is peaceful
Why are you such an insatiable soul?
What more to fill your whole?

#Expericment 3.0

I believe at this stage many of you have mastered the art of articulating the word “expericment”. At same time I won’t lie to you, I do take pleasure in watching some of you hiss “essiperisssickm–” Guilty pleasure that is.

I also believe that those who came to the two previous episodes know by now that each episode has its own sound, color and texture. In other words each one has a unique concept to it. At the end of the first show, I gathered that the tight hugs, firm and loose handshakes, a salute here and there meant “Well done”. Positive feedback is good. It’s good that the artiste knows that he made his audience feel (whatever that feeling might be.) It cannot only be positive. Every now and then, it would be nice to be reminded a few things that need to be improved. For example, a friend told me recently “You have no excuse messing up your own lyrics.” I was about to defend myself with the It-takes-a-lot-to-put-a-show-together-when-you-are-solo excuse for not having enough time to rehearse but then it hit me, “As a poet, all I have is words. If I can’t get them right, what am I doing?” And now that I know that my gibberish doesn’t go unnoticed, I have to work on that. A few friends who blog had promised to do the Expericment review but never did. I guess they got busy. However, this tweet did it for me. I don’t know about the definition part of an artist though I do appreciate that she took the time to analyze it all and effortlessly summarize two hours into about 20 words.

Teta tweet

The concept was “The Evolution of the Storyteller” even though nobody asked “What was all that about?” or maybe it was too obvious. I don’t know. Right now I feel like giving Samantha two free tickets to the #Expericment 3.0.

But before we get into that, there was the #Expericment 2.0, which was simpler in terms of execution- A band, a stool and a storyteller. That is because I wanted to focus on the lyrical content. There were some local guest artistes of course and improvs- something you should always expect on this series. Have a look at the videos

Now what do we do next? “We” because I tried to involve YOU, ladies and you didn’t seem to be interested. For a week I asked you to join me in designing the #Expericment 3.0 and you didn’t show much interest. However, I had a plan B. Not sure you’ll like it but TADA!!Exp 3_Profile

Need I say more besides the fact that the owner of the pantie is no one else but… A Girl Has No Name. She went missing though and if you can help me find her by bringing a female friend to the show, I will be satisfied. And probably the only man on Earth to feel that way or else I’ll tell all about how that piece of cloth ended in my hand. If you are into that kind of talk, I’ll see you at The Manor Hotel after work on Friday 8th July. Zoom in the poster for more details. Right now Salt ‘N’ Pepa’s tune is in my head on repeat. “Let’s talk about sex, baby; Let’s talk about you and me; Let’s talk about all the good things;  And the bad things that may be; Let’s talk about sex.” Let’s talk about sexpericment.

PS: Dress to tease if you want to spice up the night. I will do the same. Who am I kidding, though? You know me. Adam’s wear costs nada.

See you on the second Friday night of July beautiful hot romantic horny beings!

1key, 1love.

Open Letter to Local Entertainment Journalists

First of all I am not even quite sure you deserve this title. In my opinion, you just happen to be in the field. You are not entertaining at all! Hmm so you may say it’s about taste and you don’t write to please me but hey look at the amount of comments at the end of your articles, the level of engagement on your social media pages. Do you have personal social media pages? By the way a social media page is… maybe next time.

I know you are probably wondering why I keeping picking on you. I just wonder why you never ask. Ironic, no? Given that asking questions is supposed to be your job. Oh I shouldn’t feel so important? You’d be petty to think that way because this is not just about me. I happen to be the guy who is not afraid of your little platforms. I am happy with mine. And if you think this is plain ranting because I am probably bored, quite the opposite to be honest. I am having a great time with my life. I always make sure I do. Am I frustrated? No, I am not. I am sick and tired about the fact that you have a voice and an opportunity to contribute in a tangible way to arts scene in this country but you would rather focus on petty matters such as “What do you like to have for breakfast?” Yet it is obviously mukaru when the artist can afford sugar. “We heard you were dating so and so…” like for real? You’d blindly forget on purpose all the struggles that we’re facing to talk about relationships, which are to be treated as private matters by the way just the same way nobody really cares whether you sleep with someone every night or simply your hand between your legs. I should be grateful that we artists have sections in your publications? Puh-lease!! If you think you are doing us a huge favor by profiling us or writing about our gigs then you are completely off. Need I remind you that THAT is exactly what you’re supposed to do, what you applied for, what you get paid for?
If you do not love or respect what you do, I have lots of both for what I do and the people who are interested in my passion. We are not kids, please. Now I’ll give you a few tips and you don’t need to thank me. Just apply yourselves. Make us fall in love with literature. Of all people, you have the most beautiful content at the tip of your hands but instead you prefer to ask petty questions. Questions say more about you than the person you’re interviewing. Who cares how old I am or when I started? As if these two are a must-have on the questionnaire. And, please do a little research about the artist beforehand and don’t ever start again with “Start by describing yourself.” This question is a turn-off. Another importance of research is that there are chances, it’s not the first that the artist is having an interview and as a smart individual you do not want to repeat someone else’s work by asking the same generic questions. Next time you’re interviewing an artist, make sure you treat them with respect (Time, space, comfort) and then hit them hard with questions that would benefit the community. For example, ask…

1. How long do you intend to practice your art? (Insert examples of artists who fell off the map if need be and the reasons i.e. X stopped because he/she realized that people calling you by your stage name in the streets and Dj’s throwing shoutouts when you enter a club does NOT pay the bills.)

2. What do you need to take your art to the next level? (And please don’t do the “What should the government do for you to bla bla bla…” You ask this way because that’s who you have become – beggars. We all know that for most of you to attend a workshop/event, you request a side 15k from the organizer. Kwanza that’s cheap.)

3. What is (or would be) the ideal space in Rwanda for you to showcase your art?

4. If ever presented with an opportunity to go to a different country where your art is appreciated and never come back, would you accept?

5. You have a following on social media. Do you gain from your interactions? Do you capitalize on that?

6. How much did you invest in your passion so far? Time and money. Where did the money come from and how much have you recovered?

7. You always complain about being called to perform for free. Why do you keep performing? What would happen of you said no?

8. Is there a price tag to your art? How do you determine the price of an artwork, a musical piece or live performance?

9. If you fail to live from your art, what is your survival plan?

10. Is there a question you would like to ask? Because obviously every piece of art is a message.

PS: Hate me or love me, I don’t care and you probably know it by now but do your job right and learn to treat artists with respect.

~ The Artist.