Motown in Nairobi
One of the most vivid memories I have from my childhood is one of my mother and I in a little room in my grandmother’s house. I am seated with my legs crossed on the bed as I watch her get ready for the day. She seems to be floating around the room as she sings Aretha’s “I Say A Little Prayer”. I watch her with childlike wonder and I can barely contain my excitement when she proceeds to teach me the adlibs. In no time, we could have as well been a duet performing at a jazz bar in Harlem in the ‘60s.
Since then, I’ve always wished I could experience music in the era it was created. I wish I could experience the Jackson 5’s ‘abc’ in a disco where everyone is dressed in bellbottoms and platforms while rocking a sick fro. But, because I am human and my time travelling abilities are limited to say the least, the most I can do is watch the music being performed live by the best vocalists we have in town. Enter Motown in Nairobi.
Since 2013, the good people at Motown in Nairobi have been taking their audiences on a musical journey through the decades. Performing the best of Motown music from the 1960s all the way to 1990s, Motown in Nairobi has become one of Nairobi’s calendar events with tickets selling out almost as soon as they go on sale!
Over the years, the annual concert has featured some of the city’s best vocalists and instrumentalists including Mercy Myra, Ian Mbugua, Aaron Rimbui and Dela Maranga. Safe to say, this is not your regular turn up experience. Pairing stellar musical performances of Motown music with old school wardrobe and styling the show stirs up feelings of nostalgia amongst the audience while giving the ultimate entertainment experience.
This year, Motown in Nairobi is turning seven and they are ready to bring the house down once again. Featuring performances by some of your favorite artists including Ciano Maimba, Noel Nderitu and the Nairobi Horns Project this is a musical showcase that is bound to have you on your feet all night long. Come through to the Hub in Karen on Friday, 18th October from 7 p.m. and join the awesome people at Motown in Nairobi as they celebrate musical legends like Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Diana Ross and all your Motown favorites!
Get your tickets here.