Music Festival: Contest of melodies and moves
The ongoing National Music Festivals in Kisumu town will enter its climax today with a gala concert bringing together sampled top performed items with high entertainment value.
Yesterday, students from different secondary schools and universities across the country on Thursday continued to participate in the 94th Kenya National Music Festival in the lakeside city.
The winning schools scooped trophies in the colourful event that has attracted hundreds of participants from across the country.
For instance, Narok Boys School from Rift Valley region scooped two trophies in the African Traditional Dance category.
The boys were feted for their exemplary performance in the Maasai dance.
They won two trophies, one donated by the Anti-FGM board and another by event convener; the Kenya Music Festival (KMF).
The boys are among the top performers who will be proceeding to present their items at the finalists gala night concert today.
Abigael Morompi, a teacher and trainer of music at the school, says they were elated for topping the category as winners.
Morompi said the victory came as a result of rigorous training by the boys as well as a mustary of the KMF syllabus.
"We are happy that our boys have won two trophies in the category. They did exemplary work as is their tradition," said Morompi, adding that they are hoping to proceed to the next level of the competition.
Najile Boys from Rift Valley region managed the second position in the category while Timila Boys from Coast region emerged third position in the category.
In the Zilipendwa from the rest of African category, Kenyatta University emerged the winner.
It was followed by Masinde Muliro University and Mount Kenya University in second and third positions respectively. Moi University came forth in the category.
In the same category for secondary schools, Loreto High school of Central region was declared the winner. Nanyuki High school came in second position as Vihiga High and Senende High schools both from Western region were third in the similar category. Hellen Midigo in charge of trophy room told People Daily yesterday that some 450 trophies have been distributed to various winners out of about 600 trophies received. The leading schools are expected to perform at the Kisumu State House when the national festival culminate with the state concert on Saturday, September 24. The week-long event with the theme “Kenya, My Pride, My Future”, has brought together over 130,000 participants from pre-primary school, primary and secondary schools, technical institutions and universities. The festival, which runs between September 17 and 25, were Kisumu Girls', Kisumu Boys', Arya Primary School and M.M Shah primary school.