Music Review: The Soundtrack for Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki movie is out (MUST LISTEN)

The first ever Kenyan film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival which ran from May 8th to the 19th.

The film has been banned in Kenya but that hasn’t stopped the world from appreciating Kenyan talent. It’s writer/producer Wanuri Kahiu jetted back home this past weekend after a whirlwind time in Paris.

The soundtrack features Muthoni Drummer Queen, Chemutai Sage, Blinky Bill and a host of other talent.

“Rafiki” was inspired by the 2007 Caine Prize winner, Monica Arac de Nyeko’s “Jambula Tree,” which chronicled a story of two girls in love in Uganda. The filmmaker added that “making a film about two women in love set in Kenya, means challenging deep rooted cynicism about same sex relationships among actors, crew, friends, and family.”

The Kenyan filmmaker also noted that her film is “a story about all that is good and difficult about being in love, so that for those fortunate moments we are lifted above our prejudices.”

The film is Kahiu’s second feature film, following her 2009 drama “From a Whisper.” Her 2010 sci-fi short “Pumzi” screened at Sundance in 2010.

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The banned Kenyan film ‘Rafiki’ is premiering today at the Cannes Film Festival

The ‘Rafiki’ Kenyan film is set to premier today at the Cannes Film festival in France despite it being banned in Kenya.

Kenyan authorities banned the LGBT love story last month on 27th saying that they believe that it will promote lesbianism in the country.

Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu expressed her disappointment, saying they have received lots of backlash from people yet the film has not been aired yet.

To her it was just a story that was beautifully written and was turned to a film. It was an artistic expression.

Despite that, Wanuri and her team will still attend the premier at the Cannes Film festival.

She posted this on her social media account,

That #WaCannesDa glow! Today we start press and a pre-screening for @rafiki_movie. So excited to share the 💗 in this film! #AfriCannes #rafiki.”

It is unfortunate that the Kenyan authorities are banning a film that is the first ever Kenyan feature film to be invited to Cannes.

The best thing they can to is to rate it as 18 and above and allow adults to watch and have their own opinion since it is something that is occurring in our country.

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Kenyan film-maker Wanuri Kahiu’s film to premier at Cannes film festival

A Kenyan film has been featured in the Cannes film festival.

Making its world premiere screening in the Un Certain Regard section of the the 2018 Cannes Film Festival is Rafiki (Friend), from multi-award-winning Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu.

Check out a few press images from Rafiki/Shadow & Act

Inspired by the 2007 Caine Prize-winning short story titled Jambula Tree by Ugandan writer Monica Arac de Nyeko and produced by super producer Steven Markovitz, Rafiki is a love story about two girls, Kena and Ziki, who live in a housing estate in Nairobi, Kenya. The girls are unlikely friends, and their fathers are rival politicians. When they fall in love and the community finds out, the girls are forced to choose between love and safety as two girls on different paths and the difficult decisions each must make about the life they lead and the ramifications of their choices.

The project, a South African/Kenyan/French/Netherlanders/German co-production (Big World Cinema/Awali Entertainment/MPM Film/Rinkel Film/Razor Film Produktion), was first shopped at the Cannes Market in 2014, so it’s been a long journey, and it’s only fitting that it makes its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.


Cannes 2017 saw Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch make its world premiere, and I could probably count on one hand the number of feature films directed by black women filmmakers that have made their world premieres (or even just screened) at Cannes. This might be the very first time that, in back-to-back years, features by black women filmmakers have premiered at the world’s most prestigious film festival.

She also shared the exciting news;