Newcomers top Coast region music festival

The Kenya National Music Festival is set to have fresh faces with newcomers taking top positions during the Coast Regional Music Festival, which ended today at Dr Babla Secondary School in Diani, Kwale County.

Among newcomers is Kakoneni Girls High School–Malindi who won six English choral verses and one solo verse scripted by Mr George Kumbatha.

The girls pulled excellent performances during the five-day festival.

Other schools that also qualified for the nationals, which will be held at Masinde Muliro University on July 10-22nd, were Maweni Girls, St Thomas Girls, Kwale High, Jomvu Girls, Miritini Secondary, Bura Girls and Allidina Visram, who also won in other categories.

Kakoneni won with “If only you knew’’ verse, which is about waste management, “Modern Sarcoma”, which is about domestic violence, “Come baby come” touching on children rights, “Our Redeemer”, which promoted price stability and was sponsored by the Central Bank of Kenya, and “Cul-De-Sac”, which touched on peaceful elections.

Allidina Visram presented a choral verse on the role of the teacher in promoting ethical culture and was sponsored by the TSC.

Others in that category include Kombeni Girls, Mariakani Secondary, Ngala memorial.

Special compositions on no violence against children sponsored by Unicef attracted Jomvu Girls, Kakoneni, Mazeras Girls, Olops secondary, and St Mary’s secondary.

The festival featured African, Western, Oriental and Islamic vocal and instrumental music and dance; including elocution in English, Kiswahili and other African languages, French, German, Arabic and sign language.

The festival is divided into regions. Region one being Western at Lwanya Girls-Busia County, Rift Valley held at Uasin Gishu High School, Uasin Gishu Primary school and Bishop Delamy in Eldoret.

In Eastern region the teams are meeting at Kitui High School.

Nairobi, Nyanza, North Eastern and Central will hold their regional festival from today to Saturday June 17.


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