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American celebrated singer Ron Kenoly set to headline Gospel show in Nairobi

By George Orido | Published Sat, December 17th 2016 at 22:01, Updated December 17th 2016 at 23:12 GMT +3
(Left) Standard journalist George Orido with Celebrated American Gospel singer Ron Kenoly

Celebrated American Gospel singer Ron Kenoly is set to perform at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) tonight to celebrate the Christmas season in style.

Kenyan Boys Choir at Villa Rosa Kempisky yesterday. U.S Gospel Singer Ron Kenoly expressed interest in a collabo with the group founded and directed by Joseph Muyale Inzai after listening to their rendition of Christmas Carols at the Hotel yesterday. Photo by GEORGE ORIDO

The singer known for his hit songs such as Lift Him Up, Jesus is Alive, God Is Able, We Offer Praises will join the list of many top American artiste who have come and staged live shows in Kenya this year.

Only last month American New Jersy based Kool & the Gang serenaded thousands of revelers at the same venue where tickets sold as high as Sh 20,000 at the VIP section.

In a show dubbed Gospel Extravaganza 2016, the missionary whose music peaked in the early 1990's will be joined by Kenyan musicians including Ben Githae, Esther Wahome, Gloria Muliro, Stevene Kasolo , Willy Paul Msafi Solomon Mkubwa, Maggy Seurey, Fenny Kerubo, Le grand Pitson, SIZE 8 Reborn DJ MO aka topa de top dj, Rosemary Ayata, Joseph Shisia Wasira of Omundu Omulosi fame among others.

The Standard caught up up with 1944-born artiste at his hotel lobby at Villa Rosa Kempinsky as he set to leave for his performance venue.

"I am ready for the show tonight and I will have two services to attend tomorrow," said the soft-spoken musician who lives in Orlando Florida.

Kenoly was touched by the singing of the Kenyan Boys Choir directed by Jospeh Muyale Inzai who were preforming Christmas Carole at the Villa Rosa Kempisky lobby.

"In what what language are they singing that," he asked this writer as he sampled the fairly animated songs in Kiswahili, Zulu, Liuhya, Luo  from Kenyan Boys Choir who performed at the U.S President Barack Obama inauguration in 2009 at The Mall in Washington D.C.

Kenoly said he loved the music and could be seen nodding his head in sync and said he would love to work on a collaboration with the group that has just won the Sanaa Theatre Awards 2016 Best Music Live Performance group at a colourful ceremony presided over by the Sports, Culture and The Arts Cabinet Secretary Dr. Hassan Wario.

"I would really love to do that,' he said as his head of protocol Brian Ongore led him out to an awaiting limo to take him to the venue of performance.

 


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