SERIES TITLE: ON DEFIANCE – ART AS SOCIAL COMMENTARY
Artists, as members of society working though words, paint, images and other tools, uncover events and practices in their environment which could be pleasant or painful. Sometimes they dig deep into the political, economic, social, cultural and technological terrains and question or celebrate historical or everyday events. They use the power of their imagination to represent existing or possible realities. Whereas some artists devote their talent in the pursuit of what is beautiful and aesthetically appealing, others seek to provoke discussion and commentary on societal happenings. The 2019 Dialogues will focus on the latter artists and how they comment on events in Kenya. Bringing creativity in the service of social change provides communities with the opportunity to share experiences and ask lingering questions about the human condition.
PROTEST MUSIC – 20th MARCH 2019 Goethe Institut Auditorium
Protest music has been used in countries all across the world to demand change in society. Kenya has had protest music in both pre and post-independence periods. Music has been used to protest political power, corruption, lack of character among leaders among others. This Dialogue Forum will explore protest music and its role in challenging power relations, the song writers and the inspiration behind the music, and the impact of protest songs. The Forum will incorporate pane discussion and performances by Juliani & Labdi.
George Ndiritu – Music for Social Change,
Juliani - Kenyan rapper and musician
Labdi –Singer/songwriter, single string instrumentalist
Moderator: Prof Kimani Njogu
Hashtags: #OnDefiance, #ArtasSocialCommentary