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Cultural diversity takes centre stage at fete

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kakamega county was again blossoming with art, song and dance as the 91st edition of the Kenya National Music Festival entered the homestretch.

Participants gave their best as they set eyes on a slot at the National Gala to be held tomorrow. Yesterday, a hot contest was witnessed in the traditional folk song and the cultural dance categories, with performers staging items from various communities across the country.

Among the highlights of the day was Msambweni Boys High school, which thrilled the audience with their Mijikenda traditional dance titled Munda Marera. Staff from Daisy Special School in Kakamega county left the audience tapping their feet as they jigged in full tilt to a Luhya Isikuti dance titled Injala Yomugorogoro.

And in the choral verses, Dertu Girls from North Eastern justified their long trip to Western Kenya when they staged their Kiswahili poem titled Ukeketaji which depicted the drawbacks of female genital mutilation (FGM).

In their recitation, the performers took the audience through an emotional journey as they painted the grim picture of the agony FGM victims go through.

Chania High school moved the audience with its recitation of the poem, Letter from a Contract Worker, a love poem that tells the woes of a man working far away from home, who really wants to pen a soul-stirring love letter to a loved one, but is incapacitated by his and lover’s illiteracy.

Agoro Sare from Nyanza, Alliance Girls, Jamhuri High school, Ingotse High, Malava Boys, Maseno School, Cheptenye Boys, Utimishi Academy advocated for peace in their presentations of the special poem composition on the theme, “Peace and National healing”. The festival, which has brought together participants drawn from institutions across the country, will come to a close on July 22.

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