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Thrilling performances at Kenya Music Festivals

Nkoilale Primary School prepare to perform at the Kenya Music Festival in Kisumu. [Washington Onyango, Standard]

Ndenga Secondary School from Siaya enchanted the audience at the ongoing Kenya Music Festivals in Kisumu with a song promoting tourism themed ‘Let’s Tembea Kenya-Tourism is Me and You.”

“Kenya is one of the world's magnificent wildlife destinations! Its parks, reserves and private conservancies are home to some of the highest and most diverse populations of wildlife on the planet.”

“Traveling across vast landscapes bathed in the soft morning light, your African dreams unfold before your eyes,” they sang.

Ndenga music teacher Michael Steven said the goal behind the song was to call on more Kenyans to tour the country’s beautiful sites.

“The song makes people know the areas they can visit including game parks, cities, ecological sites, beaches, wildlife and cultural communities that will make their day,” said Steven.

Another thrilling piece was a traditional dance by the Bukusu delivered by Nalondo CBM Special National Secondary School for the Physically Handicapped.

Nalondo performed ‘Kamabeka’, a Bukusu Song sung during happy occasions where dancers shake their shoulders majorly to entertain or celebrate a special occasion.

Ruth Namalo, the music trainer of the students, said the school chose the song to advocate for equality and promote self-esteem among the special students.

“It is a special day for them because we want them to believe in themselves despite the physical challenges they are facing and that they are equal to other normal students,” said Namalo.

Olmoran Secondary School from Laikipia presented a Pokot folk song entitled "Chemrye." Another exciting showpiece was the poem “The Blind Man” by Brian Njoroge, a Form Four student from Nyahururu High School.

“I wanted to tell and make people understand the struggles the blind go through and why we should always help them whenever we come across them and accord them the respect they deserve. We should treat everyone equally,” said Njoroge.

Kalobeyei primary school from Turkana county performing a Merile folk song at the National music festivals in Kisumu county. [Collins Oduor, Standard]

On Monday, Alber School captured the attention of the adjudicators and audience with their humorous choral verse entitled ‘My Dog Ate My Homework.’

Their teacher, Evalyne Njeri, said the moral behind the piece which left everyone in the hall laughing was to educate teachers on the struggles their pupils go through when at home.

“The target was to make teachers understand that pupils go through a lot when they are away from school. Before punishing a pupil or sending them away, we need to lend an ear and listen to them keenly because there might be a problem from home and the pupil needs help,’ said Njeri.

Nkoilale Primary School from Maasai Mara won the African Folk Song from Maasai, Samburu, Njemps, Rendile and Taveta category after delivering a powerful Maasai wedding song entitled Enashipai which means happiness.

More action is expected today from secondary schools with performances in French.