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Nairobi City schools dominate music fete

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By - George Orido | July 19th 2013

By George Orido

KENYA: The Nairobi Metropolitan Music Festival ended on a high note, a day after teachers called off their strike.

The event featuring teams from Makueni, Nairobi, Machakos and Kajiado counties saw students display talent in music, dance and elocution. The festival was held at Scott Christian University in Machakos town.

Students yesterday presented items in folklore with messages on rites of passage, marriage and food security. Rombo Girls’ from Ol Kejuado presented a folk song in Kisii sang in celebration of a new bride. They prayed for her to have many children. Pumwani Boys presented Sagero, a piece sang to mobilise the community to cultivate land and take advantage of rainy season.

Lavington Secondary and Nagara Girls followed. Timothy Nyarange, the soloist and his trainer Kevin Bulimu, could not stop dancing and singing as they received the news of winning in Kisii folk song category.

Kabiru Secondary School from Nairobi exhibited prowess in Tiriki dance sang by young initiates after a process of circumcision.

They were in a class of their own when they hit the sage with graceful movements, a meriting costume and teamwork to behold. Soloist Stanley Mobovui was the toast of the moment as he thrilled with his stagecraft in a most committed and passionate fashion. In a day dominated by Nairobi County teams, Apostolic Camel Girls scooped top position in the traditional dance from Luhya and Luo communities ahead of Aquinas High and Uhuru High respectively.

Moi Forces Academy had their heads high when they ran away with gold in the African folk song from Kipsigis, Nandi, Tugen and Elgeyo communities. Parkland Boys took silver as Mwala consoled themselves with bronze. Outering Secondary School led a team of skillful dancers in a Borana, Somali and Nubian dances.

Disconnect

Their immediate neighbours Our Lady of Fatima, with a similar dance, came second.

Adjudicators were concerned with the fact that a sizeable number of performers did not relate with the messages they were relaying suggesting they did not internalise the storylines. “A song has just been sung to the effect that someone is stealing cows and running away with them, but the singers were smiling in serious disconnect,” cited Mr Wekesa, a senior lecturer at Maseno University as he gave adjudication comments.

Trainers were urged to indulge and interest students in discovering words from other communities to enhance social cohesion. The 2013’s theme is ‘Enhancing unity in diversity through the Kenya Music Festival’.

Winners will join the rest of students in Nakuru for national festival from August 5 to 15.

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