This year, Creatives Garage looks to award talented artists and innovators with input from the public via the Sondeka Awards. The awards are aimed at appreciating and encouraging local creatives.

“Over the years I’ve come to realize that creatives need some form of recognition especially in Kenya where exposure is limited to a select few. We hope the awards will change that”.

Liz Kilili, Founder and Chief Mechanic, Creatives Garage

Applicants for the competition were categorised under:

  • Dance
  • Alternative/­Experimental music
  • Poetry and Spoken word
  • Traditional Art
  • Digital Art
  • Short Stories
  • Live Bands
  • Online Radio and Podcasts

A panel of judges including James Wamathai, Sylvia Gichia, Murage Gichuki and Gregg Tendwa selected the final nominees from a pool of over 130 successful applicants. The selection process was guided by criteria which included: creativity of technique and process, execution, quality of craft, innovation and the overall experience of the craft.

Here is the list of nominees:

Category Nominees
Traditional Art Winter Oirya
David Maina
Oscar Osumo
Poets and Spoken word Nicole Akinyi
Michael Onsando
Mumbi Macharia
Tessy Aura
Stori za Kapedo
Digital Art Wanjiru Thiong’o
Feysal Anthony Nair
Anne Gichuki
Alternative/Experimental music Steve Biko/ G-cho Pevu
Abakisimba Troupe
Ayrosh N/A
L.O.T Group
Linda Girl Group
Short Stories Mark Maish
James Gicheru
Mishi Khalid
Lolyne Ongeri
Mwihaki Muraguri
Dance Bboy Harry
Dancing Biochemist
Oneal Otutu
Live Bands Maia Von Lekow
Tetu Shani
Grand Master Masese
Online radio and Podcasts Omenerds Podcast
Sasabasi live

Voting started on 14th March 2018 and ends on 24th March 2018. To vote head over to Voters must select a nominee from each category and may vote once a day for the next ten days.

Creatives Garage is a cultural organization and hub for artists and innovators that provides a platform for creative expression, networking and peer engagement. Creatives Garage through its brand, Sondeka Festival, has showcased and highlighted the talent that Kenya has to offer. Sondeka Awards now aims to provide an avenue for appreciation of these talented artists and innovators.