Drugs, new curriculum, census dominant themes at music festival

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 00:00 | By
Lokichar Girls Primary School perform a Turkana dance ‘Giraffe’ at the 93rd National Music Festival at Kabarak University. Photo/RAPHAEL MUNGE

Drug abuse, the Competency-Based Curriculum and this month’s census are some of the themes dominating the 93rd edition of the National Music Festival which is underway at Kabarak University, Nakuru county.

As the festival entered the third day yesterday, schools from Rift Valley, Western and Nyanza regions stole the show with captivating performance.

Bridge Mitume Primary school from Kitale, Trans Nzoia county captured the hearts of adjudicators to scoop the first position in the Class 811H with the popular Luhya traditional dance Isikuti, which is performed during ceremonies.

Donning traditional Luhya costumes, the school presented a thrilling dance accompanied by rhythmic formations and powerful foot-thumping.

Standing ovation

With their snap, but co-ordinated, change of movements, they left the audience asking for more, as they left the stage to  a standing ovation.

So was St Anne Ahero Primary from Nyanza region, who came in second with a point behind Mitume with their dance Isukha showcasing exceptional dance moves by the Luhya and Luo communities.

Their entry on stage was enthralling with their unique costume, complete with the ceremonial foot wear and headgears stealing the show.

Thumping their feet on stage, the performers presented an intoxicating power of the rich African culture in its full colour and splendour.

Sun and Shield School from Nakuru scooped top position with their display of creativity in a performance promoting proper online behaviour among the young generation.

Their song captured the theme of the dangers of unregulated social media, a class sponsored by the Communications Authority of Kenya.

Gilgil Hills came in second in the category of the dangers of unregulated Internet.

In other classes, learners showcased creativity of the new curriculum by designing costumes which incorporate costumes made from sisal robes, hats from carton boxes, toys out of banana leaves, among others.

The festival, which has brought together more than 150,000 participants from across the country, runs up to August 15.

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