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AFRICAN IN NEW YORK ALMOST FAMOUS

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Venue:The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Phone: 0131 667 7533
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Attic
AUG 3-12, 14-24 at 13:05 (60 min)
 
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As a naive young African student, freshly arrived in New York, one innocent thanksgiving invitation became a hair raising experience with white supremacists. Njambi takes the audience through her discovery of race relations in rural America.


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August 26, 2018  Bunbury Magazine
Njambi McGrath’s ‘African in New York’ is nothing short of groundbreaking from the start. Instantly she has her audience in the palm of her hand, and paves the way for subject matter which, although dark, is both enlightening and rewarding.

Oozing a confidence which is simply delightful to see onstage, nothing is off limits on any side of the racial divide. McGrath adopts cultural cliches and stereotypes with a brilliant sense of irony. At times, her reflections and experiences are strikingly personal, with the power to warm and break your heart all at once, with a seamless flow between the two.

Her sincere and sometimes saddening tales are punctuated wonderfully by her funny and unique insights. Her straightforward outlook on Western cultures and prejudices are presented with engaging humour, and her sometimes dark punchlines are combined so wonderfully with cheerful delivery – McGrath’s is a wicked wit, with a smile.

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August 17, 2018  Chortle
This lightly entertaining, historical look at Africa, told via Njambi McGrath’s experiences of moving from Kenya to New York City to attend university, is probably more of a comedic one-woman show than stand-up comedy. For although McGrath’s jokes are well constructed, they do not naturally fit her personality. She appears a bit too formal, rather than genuinely amusing.

Having said that, McGrath has a strong stage presence, taking charge of her packed audience. She has plenty of fun stories and insights into Kenyan culture which certainly entertains and informs the mainly white audience, and while the laughter is scattered, it is consistent.

There are varied shades of light observational, and relatable humour, such as arriving at airports, mixed with much more weighty topics. She is unafraid to tackle racial prejudices, briefly touching on difficult subjects such as FGM and sharing lynching postcards, which she cleverly compares to Instagram.

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