Kizomba

My Nairobi Experience

Arriving in Nairobi was much like arriving in Los Angeles- hot and dry with stop and go traffic. It took a little over an hour to arrive to the hotel in Westlands neighborhood of Nairobi.

Everyone I met was really nice and friendly. I met people from South Africa, Uganda, Nairobi, Germany, and the US. The event I was there to film was the 2019 Nairobi Kizomba Sensacao Festival.

Friday night was bumping as the DJs kept the vibe going with solid track selections and transitions. The only other time I heard such great Kizomba music was at the Miami Beach Kizomba Festival. The music was so good that I couldn’t help but shazam all weekend. Below is a compilation of songs I came across over the weekend:

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Saturday and Sunday were full days of workshops. On Sunday afternoon, I was able to visit a local animal sanctuary and get some b-roll shots of crocs and monkeys. The weekend was concluded with a really fun pool party. It was great to unwind and dance Kizomba, Bachata, and Salsa at the pool.

Below is the vertical recap of the festival along with demos of the headliners. The last video at the bottom is a fun travel video I created with an old Sony Handycam Camcorder CCD-TRV58 that records analog.

Montreal is Kizomba 2016

This was the 2nd edition of Montreal is Kizomba aka Kizomba Sem Limite hosted in Montreal.  It was a pleasure working with the two amazing promoters - Gerry and Marie.  

The weather was perfect on the weekend of the event.  The location of the workshops and social dancing is situated in the heart of downtown Montreal.  We stayed at a nice, urban hotel located walking distance to the event and Chinatown.  Many dancers stayed at Air Bnbs in the area.  

SBKZ Media managed Montreal is Kizomba's Facebook page during the event.  We updated demos and next-day edits as the event was unfolding.  You can see all the videos we uploaded here: Facebook // Youtube

The festival was extremely successful.  The energy was next-level and everyone I talked to during the event was enjoying it.  I had the opportunity to spend time with Ricardo and Paula from Afrolatin Connection.  Filming Sara and Jojo was also another highlight.

The event was a success due to the promoters.  They are extremely friendly and warm-hearted individuals who truly love the dance, community, and music.  They know how to have a good time and throw a good event.  It all starts from the top down when running a large festival.  I foresee positive challenges for 2017 as they will be faced with the decision to find a larger location to meet the increase in dancers.

Here some videos from the festival.  Until next year Montreal!!!