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Madonna: Queen of pop in Kenya, tours Samburu

 Madonna riding a bus in Malawi [Photo: Instagram @madonna]

Singer-songwriter Madonna is in Kenya. The 62-year-old pop sensation Saturday shared moments from her meetup with the Samburu and revelled at their rich culture. 

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“Spending time with the Samburu tribe is always an honour. They are nomadic warriors and here the men are singing, dancing and telling stories to attract the attention of the females,” she captioned a video on her Instagram account.


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The pop legend jetted in from Blantyre after a week-long stay in Malawi where she made a charity trip to Jacaranda School for Orphans on January 8 and opened a dance academy, Madame X Dance Studio, courtesy of her non-profit organization, Raising Malawi.

“I feel like we ended on a very special note because Jacaranda is a very special place, as you know. The reason it's so special to me - not only because there are so many amazing, talented children here - but there's also amazing teachers and the founders are so passionate about what you do. It's contagious. You're teaching them skills that when it comes to art and creativity and expression - these are the things that keep us alive and keep us going through times of trouble and challenges,” reported the Daily Mail.

“And you know, this has been a really tough year for everybody. But if you think about it, every year's a tough year in Malawi, right? So what's going to keep us going is loving what we do and it's great that you've created a place where children can come and continue to learn and love what they do and learn skills from visual arts, to designing clothes, to playing musical instruments, to dance - which is my first love. So this place really holds a special place in my heart. Just keep up the good work everybody and that's it. Believe in your dreams!”

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The Grammy award-winning pop superstar was accompanied by her 15-year-old son, Malawi native David Banda, daughter Mercy James (14) and eight-year-old twins, Stella and Estere. According to the news outlet, Banda reconnected with his father Yohane in Lipunga during her trip to Malawi's central region. Also in the itinerary was a visit to Mercy James Centre, a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the capital Blantyre.

A visit similar to one the singer made in 2016 when she toured Kenya in conjunction with a charity, Shining Hope for Communities, and lend her voice in support of Beyond Zero Campaign, an initiative by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to improve maternal and child health, and engaged with residents of Kibra, Nairobi. "Meeting with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the first lady of Kenya! Learning about her Beyond Zero Campaign which targets eliminating maternal and child mortality in Kenya and hoping to join forces to promote female empowerment! Around the world! Happy 4th!"

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