Saturday before last, the second edition of BOGOF this year happened: Tomorrow Is Me. It was at the Amboseli Ballroom in the 5 star hotel Hilton. For those who find the term BOGOF strange, BOGOF is an acronym for Being Only Great of Finesse and BOGOF happens quarterly.
BOGOF brings together a blend of artistes from poets, to musicians and sketch artists all under one roof. And this time they had Lele Band, Jarel The Artist and The Opening Act for the music, while Veon Ngugi and Teardrops provided the poetry along with 4 other sketch artists.
The Opening Act were the opening act, clearly they were meant to be. The band which consists of slender Dayvo and biker Pascal as the vocalists, belched sultry tunes that got the audience mellow and marshy. They had a fresh voice and were it not for the lack of familiar songs, the audience would have taken them home. But you need to listen to their rendition of Oliver Twist. They’re twisted these guys. But not more twisted than Jarel and his poncho. Google poncho. While the short Jarel was busy sweating on stage, Michael Onsando (the author of “Something Quite Unlike Myself”) the 6 foot giant was seriously tripping the light fantastic toe before getting on stage and reading some of his poems. His father was in a corner watching admiringly at the beautiful work of his genes.
Veon is a poet who gets you thinking. There are two types of performance poets: those that entertain you and leave you jolly, and those that entertain you and leave you thoughtful. Veon is in the latter category. She was sensual and interactive. Low toned yet loud in the mind. She left the audience with a lingering taste of her finesse. Then Teardrops comes over and creates a third category of poets: those that entertain you and leave you jolly and thoughtful. I’ll sample some of his lines:
Starting with a pick-up line created and trademarked in Eastlando: “Vipi msupa, me hukumistake na zip cos you’re so fly. Kukupata ni hard labour, even Atwoli wants to court you.”
“Huwezi bribe God na thao moja, si unajua He is holier than thou”
“Makarau ni madead men walking, that’s why wanaitwa cops”
I could go on, but to listen to the best spoken word artist in Kenya right now, catch his next show or skim through Storyzetu’s Twitter timeline.
This BOGOF though can do with better publicity, the turnout was unimpressive and such bands as Lele and Sarabi do not thrive in low turnouts. There were more empty seats than those occupied. They should hire me, no kidding, they should.
Below are a few recordings from the event: