|Championship & Innovation at the 2016 National Music Festivals|
There was lots of talent and activity at this year’s 2016 Kenya Schools and Colleges National Music Festivals. The event, which was held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya ran from the August 8 to August 19 2016. Over 200,000 people participated in the various categories ranging from songs and dances to verses, public speaking among others.
BINGWA Magazine had the rare chance of being in the middle of an interactive session with children of High Peak Junior Academy from Nakuru County when they learnt of their victory. High Peak’s choral verse entitled ‘Names’ had amassed 96 points in the Contemporary Special Own Composition Class. This was the highest score and saw them scooping the overall award at the festival. The school has never been to the State House before and so were very excited about performing there the next day.
We also got to interact with other schools as well as present BINGWA Magazine to other schools present at the venue.
The receiving pupils and teachers were eager to learn how the free magazine was helping build integrity within the children in-order to fight corruption in Africa.
With the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) as the main thematic sponsors, this year’s theme was ‘Nurturing innovative competencies for economic prosperity’.
To this end, we witnessed additional dances never seen at the festival before; these included Western, Oriental and dances from other African countries such as Uganda and Somalia. It was also great to note that the special needs schools were also excelling at the annual festival.
This was the 90th edition of the festival.