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Kakamega hosts music festival from Monday

By George Orido | Published Sun, July 9th 2017 at 22:33, Updated July 10th 2017 at 09:17 GMT +3
Kenya Music Festival officials brief festival clerks in preparation for the annual Kenya Music Festival at the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology yesterday. (George Orido)

Lights! Curtains! Action! ... and the Kenya Music festival ,  with over 150,000 students expected to perform under the theme of Enhancing National Unity, Cohesion and Integration, starts Monday.

The annual fete will be held at the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology for the second time since 2010, the first time the university hosted the colorful vent. It is expected to run for the next two weeks.

Kibabii Diploma Teachers Training College students rehearse a choral verse in preparation for the annual Kenya Music Festival at the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology yesterday. (George Orido)

The festival brings together participants to the national stage presenting all genres of music and dance in the largest music jamboree in Africa.

Speaking at the venue yesterday, Executive Secretary of the Kenya Music Festival (KMF) Ms Ruth Agesa said the Ministry of Education is ready and it's all systems go with students expected to presents items in elocution, music and dance, tackling the theme.

Some teams including Kibabii Diploma Teachers Training College had arrived by yesterday and were conducting rehearsals at the venue.

"We are glad to take part in the festival as a way of firmly founding our students in the co-curriculum activities," said Ms Sarah Otanga, the college's music director when she rehearsed with her students a French Choral verse that interprets an individuals' strong desire to make the World a better place.

This year, the Central Bank of Kenya is coming in for the second year in row to support the festival to a tune of Sh 25 million.

CBK Governor Dr Patrick Njoroge said other than financial literacy that has been enhanced through the fete, the role of CBK in nation building and a sense of community ownership among the public has been enhanced.

He praised the theme 'Enhancing National Unity, Cohesion and Integration through Kenya Music Festival' as appropriate and timely.

The Festival attracts learners from Early Childhood Development, Primary and Secondary Schools, Middle Level and Vocational Colleges and University students who will also perform the CBK set piece written and arranged by Kenyatta University maestro Silvester Otieno.

"I am glad to announce that in the new curriculum we will have music, drama and such arts subjects as part of curriculum m so that different talents can be formed in the early stages," announced the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Director Dr Ajwang' ahead of the event.

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