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Performance Review: Mo Faya

By Clar Ni Chonghaile in Nairobi
Posted on Monday, 1 February 2010 17:05

Mo Faya
Eric Wainaina
Go Down Arts Centre, Nairobi?

Wainaina’s energetic musical is a clarion call to action against corruption. Barb-laden but light of touch, it pays tribute to the resilience of a people abused by those in power, wrapping its message in humour and uplifting reggae. The story is set in a Nairobi slum, where DJ Lwanda (played by Wainaina) is a community radio star whose show inspires a people preyed upon by a greedy property magnate.

The musical heaps scorn on politicians who talk and never listen, corrupt policemen and ineffective non-governmental organisations. Wainaina took Mo Faya to the New York Musical Theatre Festival in September, and his goal is to be on ?Broadway in “under two years”.

Read more in Clar Ni Chonghaile’s interview with Eric Wainaina.

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