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Jason Runo is the creator, producer and host of Kenya’s premier improv comedy Show “Because You Said So!”.
Jason studied Communication Arts at Daystar University, Nairobi. He then moved to Cape Town to train as an actor at the City Varsity Film School. Jason is also an avid travel enthusiast. Perhaps his most meaningful journey was an epic road trip from Nairobi to Cape Town and back. Dubbed ‘The Jubilee Ride 2013’, the 10,500 km journey saw Jason and his fellow motorcyclist travelers raise 15 million Kenya shillings for Nairobi Chapel’s Jubilee Scholarship fund. 50 students in need are now able to get through high school.
Jason’s other epic journey, a road trip from Africa To Brazil In 2014, saw him host his debut travel photography exhibition, “My Travel Story”, which he intends to run every year. Jason has also appeared on stage and TV shows such as Sarafina!, Sumu La Penzi(Maisha Magic),Mambo Musical and in his early 20’s he works as a Sports Anchor at a local channel. He has also worked with corporate clients including Microsoft, Vivo Energy, Metropolitan Canon Insurance, Blankets and Wine among others. Jason can currently be seen on TV screens across the region as the brand ambassador for Omo in Kenya and is also featured in the current NIC bank Adverts.
June's musical style has been anything but static over the years; she began performing at school and at church which is where her talent was first spotted and lovingly nurtured by her parents. Since then, June has ably performed classical Soprano and
Alto pieces, sung in choirs, later on developed a love of old school Jazz standards from the 1930's and 40's (Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee and of course Frankie "Blue Eyes" Sinatra). This style gave June a chance to experiment and truly interpret the songs in her own way it was during this time that she grew musically, her voice matured and started developing notoriety among the live music scene across Kenya making her a recognizable name in jazz, soul, R & B and neo-soul music.
June is one of Kenya's most soulful singers. From coporate to private functions, June
brings her passion for music, her vocal prowess and her contagious personality to create an unforgettable encounter for all that experience her music.
With over a decade of experience performing live, June has been blessed to grace stages in the US, Australia, UK, France, Uganda and all over Kenya with notable features
being opening for Tusker Lite Experience with Joe Thomas March 2012, Motown in
Nairobi June 2013, Jazz Under The Stars August 2014 and Pamoja Concert with Owuor Arunga, September 2014 to mention a few.
June is currently working on her first solo album whose working title is 'finally', which is a true testament to the long and often times challenging journey to make this dream a reality. June says "the name says it all.. it is finally time, time for this album, time for this leap of faith, time to tell my story...Finally!"
LIFE AND THEATRE
The thespian in June is also every bit the 'perfomer'. Every role that June takes on becomes a real living and breathing creature. It has been said that she has a unique way of lending herself to the character and drawing the audience into that character's life.
An acclaimed thespian, June has graced numerous stages and has been a phoenix player for over 10years. Some of the most memorable performances include 2 one-woman shows namely; 'My Brilliant Divorce' and 'Shirley Valentine'. In addition, June played major roles in 'Wife Begins at Forty', 'It Runs in the Family' and 'Steel Magnolias to name a few. June was also the leading lady in Sterling Quality's 'Lwanda Man of Stone' a truly Kenyan musical in which she played the part of Nyaber. She is also frequently requested to stage plays for various corporate and charitable organizations, the most recent of which was a production of "Vagina Monologues". June has also graced our TV screens in films like "Project Daddy" and made a cameo appearance in "Nairobi Half-Life".
With her unique blend of humour, professionalism and cultural sensitivity, June is a much sought after Mistress of ceremony and Hostess for various events ranging from corporate launches and Award ceremonies, to weddings and Karaoke Nights.
Justin Karunguru began acting while in primary school, where he participated in various school productions, the most notable being ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Coat’. His talent was nurtured when he joined the CITAM Valley Road church’s drama ministry, where he helped in conceptualizing, acting and producing skits and plays for the Youth church.
While pursuing his undergraduate degree at USIU-A, he was heavily involved with the varsity drama club (Michezo Afrika), where he participated in acting as well as production of several plays. The most notable of the se productions was “Fuente Ohejuna”, where he played Mengo and “Sailor Beware where he played Carnoustie.
He is also involved in Wholesome Entertainment, a Kenyan theatre company founded by Seth and Daisy Busolo, where he has acted in six productions. These include City Dads and the women who love them, Deputy Husband, Poison Ivy, History Box Corporate Wife, Here Comes the Groom and It’s Not About the Bride.
Justin has also had a stint on television, where he played the supporting role of Henry on the TV sitcom ‘Briefcase Inc’. He also plays Mutiso in the critically acclaimed telenovela ‘KONA’, which airs on Dstv’s Maisha Magic.
He has also worked on a number of films including ‘‘Black Wedding’’ and ‘’Circle’’, both produced by Zamaradi Productions, “Vantage”, a USIU-A journalism class project, where he played the lead role of Maina; as well as “Scenario’’, a MoFORCE class project where he played the lead role of Frank. In addition to this, he is a gifted story teller, accentist and part time MC.
When not busy on stage or screen, Justin is an avid rugby fan, and played the game until club level with Mean Machine RFC. He is also an avid reader, and motor cycle enthusiast
Yafesi Musoke is a Screen Writer, Actor, Voice Artist, Comedian, Producer, Director, Emcee and former Radio Presenter.
He is also a cast member of the improv comedy team, “Because You Said So”.
Yafesi’s professional stage career was ignited in high school in St. Mary’s Nairobi when he took part in the musicals “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Oliver Twist”, “Sarafina” and “The Sound of Music”.
After graduating from Daystar University in 2003, where he wrote a few plays and a musical, he went into radio at Hope FM. He presented the drive and breakfast shows over a period of over four years, during which time he was twice nominated for Groove Award Radio Presenter of the year.
Yafesi then went into advertising as a senior copywriter, while also writing the popular stage musicals, Village Easter and Village Christmas (2008-2012). After leaving advertising in 2010, he wrote his first television series, the comedy, Briefcase Inc, which was well-received both locally and internationally.
Later he was part of the writing team for Kenya’s first ever musical TV drama, Groove Theory, and also did art direction for the show. He’s also been involved in crafting and scripting entertainment for corporate events.
Yafesi, 37, is a man of many hats and talents, having been a bass guitarist in a band, as well as a dancer (believe it or not). However, his key strength is in comedy writing, on which he now focuses his energy. Currently the Senior Writer at Cheese Pictures Ltd, he has written over 160 episodes worth of aired television shows.
His latest writing adventure has yielded the comedy drama, One In A Million, which airs on Maisha Magic East.
He is married to award-winning actress and producer Joyce Gachanja Musoke, whom he credits for inspiring and challenging him to do unique content. They have two children, and a large cat called Qwerty.
Mugambi is an actor, director and writer whose arts career began with stage work at Phoenix Players and Sterling Quality Entertainment. When he ended up jobless in America in the middle of the 2008 recession, he joined Philadelphia’s acting scene, appearing in independent stage plays and short films, and telling stories about American history to tourists in the summer. On returning to Nairobi he has had principal roles on M-Net’s TV drama Changes and the celebrated Kenyan film Nairobi Half Life. He was a co-writer and director on the popular Village Musical Theatre series, and he is the creator and co-writer and theatre director of Groove Theory, a musical drama series.
He has most recently been seen as part of an improv comedy show called Because You Said So, and he regularly appears on Storymoja's Nyef Nyef storytelling series.
K1 is an adventurous life-of-the-party kinda guy that loves to cause laughter and cheer all around, and his warm and social nature has cemented good relations with most of the people he comes across. K1 is most passionate about music, film and TV, and is making moves towards being influential in the various industries.
His multiple talents have made him popular for acting, singing, dancing and choreography, DJing, emceeing, poetry and so on.
Kevin is also a skilled graphic designer, which was the subject of his tertiary studies, and has since become an accomplished photographer, copywriter and videographer.
Also, he really, REALLY looks like the legendary superhero guy. It's strangely scary. So we always treat K1 well, just in case they're twins or something.
I am a Kenyan based singer, actress, and radio personality who loves coffee, bacon, Kitenge fabric and laughter.
I was born and raised, in Nairobi, Kenya, where I live and earn my living. I am 29 years old.
My professional acting career began in 2004, when I first graced the Kenya National Theatre stage with Sterling Quality Entertainment in their production,” Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”. I played six multiple roles in the production, and was the narrator's understudy. Musical theater put two of my favourite interests; singing and acting, in one space, creating the perfect balance for my performance experience. The following year I worked with Sterling Quality again on their next production,” Malaika”, taking on a principle role, "Kiki".
While a Psychology student at Moi University, I was cast in “From Your Side of the Family”, a collaboration between the Moi University Creative Arts Department and the Heartstrings theatre company. I later worked in “Rainqueen”, a musical production by Sungod Theatricals, staged at the Braeburn Theatre.
My introduction to television came when I was cast as "Petronilla ‘Pet’ Nanjala" on the Mnet production, "Changes", after I was approached by the show's editor during a live performance with my former reggae band, "The Rude Boys" in 2008. I was directed to the auditions, and was immediately cast. I quickly quit my night job at a call centre, and dove head first into the production. I have since appeared in the second season as a principle character, and made a cameo in the third as a musical performer.
I have gone on to work on several TV productions, playing “Mona” on the“Demigods” pilot, directed by Benjamin Odiwuor for Maxpot Media; “Aisha” on “Sauti”, directed by Wanuri Kahiu for Awali Productions, “Nana” on the “Rush” pilot, directed by Neil Schell, and most recently "Bisquit", in the 1st and 2nd seasons of Groove Theory, Africa's first ever musical TV series.
My first role in a short film came in early 2012, where I played “Juliette” in “Miss Nobody”, which highlights the squandering of AIDS funding by so called NGOs. The film earned me a Kalasha Award Nomination for Best Actress against Nigerian actress Rita Dominic in 2012. I was once again nominated for the 2014 Kalasha Awards, in The Best Lead Actress category in a Drama series, "Groove Theory.
My second stint in film was a short science fiction film set in Nairobi, in which I was a principal character alongside 2 male leads. The film was directed by Jim Chuchu and was produced by Wanuri Kahiu and Idil Ibrahim for Awali Productions. The film has since gone on to show at various festivals worldwide, including the Durban, Toronto, Rotterdam, San Fransisco International Film Festivals, and the Luxor African Film Festival, where I represented the film.
I have also starred in an unnamed short film directed by Hawa Essuman for the Tate Museum; another, "There's Nothing To Do In Nairobi", directed by Liam Acton for Riyo Films, as well as Ng'endo Mukii's directorial debut, "The Teapot".
I have featured in various dramatized music videos for popular Kenyan musicians such as Just A Band’s “Ha-He” video, which was Kenya’s first viral video; “If I Could”, also by Just A Band; Muthoni The Drummer Queen’s “Mikono Kwenye Hewa”; Sauti Sol’s award winning “Coming Home” video and South African Artist, Tumi Molekane's "Hello Kitty."
As a singer, I am best remembered for my time on Tusker Project Fame 3, where I was a finalist, and also for being one of the Tusker All Stars in 2011. I have been providing vocals for various artists and advertising campaigns, both voice overs and jingles, for years and have shared numerous stages with renowned musicians such as Just A Band, K.S.Mbugua, Aaron Rimbui, Harry Kimani as well as American Jazz great, Gerald Albright. I have also performed in Norway on a 6 gig tour with talented Norwegian tap guitarist, Ole Staveteig in 2011.
In late 2012, I embarked on a multi country tour through Europe, running from September to December 2012, as part of the amazing cast of a musical production, “Out Of Africa: A Safari through Magical Kenya”. The production showcased the beauty and magic of Kenya’s people and culture, through song and dance, featuring various Kenyan artists, and was produced by Peter Ultee Productions and Meerkat Productions in partnership with the Kenya Tourism Board.
In early 2013, I participated in a reality show, "The Fattening Room", which was filmed in Nigeria. It was a modern take on an age old Nigerian tradition to "fatten" girls when they are ready for marriage. The show included various challenges most of which I won.
Later, In the same year, I successfully wrote, directed and produced my own stage show, “Life in the Single Lane”, a narrative involving interactive storytelling, acting and singing. The show has sold out on all six separate occasions that it has been put up, and has been touted as a refreshing, highly entertaining and rib cracking show. I am also part of the comedic cast of "Because You Said So"; a hilarious comedy improvisation show ran by Jason Runo.
I worked on radio as a news anchor on Kenya’s first exclusively local and African Urban music station, One Fm between 2010 and 2012 and left the station to embark on the Europe tour.
I am now back on radio on HBR 103.5 hosting a Saturday show called Afrocentral, which showcases urban and contemporary music from across Africa, and I regularly host African personalities of all sorts, from musicians, poets, producers, designers and actors, all making their mark on the African cultural front.
I have also hosted events such as Tis the Season, a Christmas concert in both 2013 and 2014, as well as occasionally emceeing Blankets and Wine.
I also occasionally engage in photography projects, taking portraits as well as event photography.
Phew. And I'm not done yet.