The November edition of Africa Nouveau, the music and arts festival which has been widely considered as a spin-off from what has been an immensely popular Blankets & Wine, has been postponed to the first quarter of 2018.
Slated to take place at the Small World Country Club on the outskirts of the capital, in Athi River, organisers blame the postponement on ‘the perpetual suspense and escalating tensions around the election activities’, according to a Media statement released by them earlier today.
“We feel it is best to move Africa Nouveau clear of the election period. We are currently working hard on securing new dates for early 2018 and you will [be advised] when this is done,” reads the statement.
The Africa Nouveau festival is set to featured over 20 music acts drawn from across Africa and the UK, including funky Nigerian electro-pop soul singer, Temi Doll Face, and a powerful ensemble of Kenyan acts such as Podcast brainchild Eugene Gecaga, Sauti Academy’s Njerae, Shukid, Basthma, Emma Cheruto, 7th Culture, Ayrosh, PHY, Wanja Wahoro, Tunji, Sichangi, Ayrosh and Nairobi Nu Wave favourites: EA Wave, Taio, Steph Kapela and Muthoni the Drummer Queen who also featured in the previous edition. The theme of the 2-days/2-nights festival is ‘Afrobubblegum’— a world full of fun, fierce and fantastical music, film and fashion, among other art forms.
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The next edition will also showcase innovative new art by East African and British talent, thanks to a lucrative partnership with the British Council‘s East Africa Arts programme which creates connections between creatives from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and the United Kingdom.
This postponement also means that the aniticipated album releases of Muthoni the Drummer Queen’s ‘SHE’ as well as Sichangi‘s ‘PROJECT GREATNESS’ will take a while longer.