Music Curator and Promoter company Roots International will be hosting a concert dubbed Poleni (Condolences). Set to take place on 29th January 2022, the show will be at the outdoor Amphitheatre, National Museums of Kenya. Poleni is organized by Roots International in collaboration with Music in Africa, Goethe Institute, Siemens Stiftung, German Federal Foreign Office, and Homeboyz Entertainment.
The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on various aspects of Kenyan’s lives such as health, economy, and education among others. Poleni aims to recognize and reflect on these effects. Under the theme, Loss, Grief & Healing in Pandemic Times, Poleni concert seeks to acknowledge and console those who have fallen sick, lost their loved ones, or dealt with economic shocks in the last two years. Furthermore, it is intended to serve as a medium of healing. It is also a moment of reflection for both artists and the community at large.
The concert’s impressive lineup will feature live performances from singers Olivia Ambani, Maia von Lekow, Isaac Kimani, and guitarist Kato Change. It will be hosted by Roots International Director Abdi Rashid Jibril. According to the organizers, there will be two shows. One will take place at 3 pm at the Matinee, and the other an evening concert at 6 pm.