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Nairobi Girls Chorale: Singing their way into history

 Nairobi Girls Chorale perform Christmas songs to entertain members of public and mark their 14th edition at Yaya centre in Nairobi on Sunday, Dec 22, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

The traditional Christmas hymns classics “O Little Town of Bethlehem” to “Angels We Have Heard on High” by Josh Groban—tell the Christmas stories from the holy Bible reminding us of Christ triumphant and to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday.

When rendered by the Nairobi Girls Chorale, we can’t help, but be moved by the words and music of Christian Christmas songs.

Contemporary mixes by the group provide a modern twist to Christmas carols that all ages will hum along to.

A light jig on a collection of these traditional Christian hymns, like Carrie Underwood’s epic rendition of The First Noel, O come all Ye Faithful by Handel, Hark the Herald by Charles Wesley, O Holy Night, a poetic hymn by Placide Cappeau, Silent Night by Franz Xavier, Ding Dong and Joy to the World were a staple this season!

A rich full-bodied sound has raised Nairobi Girls Chorale to national and international bar to fame since its inception in 2007. This, together with meticulous intonation and versatility, has made the group a name in music circles. 

Founded by David Isindu, to empower young women in Africa, the group - comprising 25 female singers from various public universities - has been recognised as a treasure. They have been lauded for their innovative programming, technical precision and commitment to the creation of new works for ladies voices.

These versatile singers perform a diverse repertoire extending from renaissance works to masterpieces of our own time.

It is loved for its beautiful, blended sound from pristine, quiet unison to the majesty of large textured sonorities. 

With vocal leads of soli Melvin Trufena, Cate Murugi and Alicen Mbote, the group touches and moves the audience with beautiful leads and sweet harmonies.

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