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New champions emerge at national music festival

Celebrations rocked Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology after the best performers in the 91th Kenya National Music Festival scooped trophies for their schools this week.

Bungoma High School increased their chances of performing during the gala event after they scooped another two trophies in the items they presented. The boys won the African cultural dance for secondary schools with a dance titled Akamabega while their Kiswahili choral verse Ngonjera also won a trophy.

Bungoma had won their first trophy when they outshone their opponents in the Africam folk song with Nalulingo on Monday.Narok High caused stir after they also won with a Maasai folk song.

Students from the school moved around the campus singing Maasai songs. Chebororwa Girls from Elgeyo Marakwet also qualified for the gala after their African folk song was judged the best from other 11 schools. Chebororwa’s Kipsigis folk song, Kongoi, saw them outperform finalists Kambiti Day, Lumonya from Western, Bura Girls, Samitsi Secondary, Cheptais Boys, Sosit Girls and St Anne’s to emerge tops.

In Taarab music, Mama Ngina Girls from Coast proved to the audience they are the champions after beating St Angela from Nyanza, Kitale School, State House Girls from Nairobi, Huruma Girls and Burumba High School.

Mama Ngina looked resplendent swhen they staged Chungu Cheti which had an appealing message to the audience. In Zilizopendwa category with live instrumental accompaniments for secondary schools, Starehe Boys, Chavakali Boys (Vihiga), Mama Ngina Girls, Sacred Heart High School, Booker Academy, Sigalame High and Ikuu Boys High were crowd pullers.

The boys and girls staged powerful music from reknowned African musicians which turned the hall into dancing floor. State House Girls were smart, giving their boys counterparts who dominated the Zilizipendwa category a hard time.

Women jammed the hall just to listen and dance to the old tunes. Last weekend, the campus had been turned into worshiping centre after schools subjected their audience to spiritual songs and dances. Too busy to attend church or mosque services, the audience got the sermon direct from the presentations.

St Peter Boys High School Nakalira (Bungoma) introduced the worshipping mood when they took to the stage with a spiritual song titled Yesu Nolwanda — literally, Jesus is the Rock. Clad in the clerical attires and beating giant drums, the St Peter’s Boys reminded the audience the importance of worshipping God.

The music and the biblical message provoked most of the audience who joined them in praise and worship. State House Girls also performed a Luo sacred song titled Buru Mar Jesus. which revolved around the suffering of Jesus Christ to save mankind.

Waving crosses, the girls demonstrated how pious lives promote peace in the world. Concord Secondary School from Eldoret preached peace in a sacred song titled Jawari Owar Owar Jesus. Mutongwe Girls from Coast with their Kiswahili sacred Song titled Yesu Yuaja (Jesus is Coming) thrilled the audience. Chogoria Boys from Tharaka-Nithi county were smart on stage when they presented an Islamic spiritual song titled Kaswida.

Clad in Swahili Kanzus (kaftan), they said that to be a true Muslim, one must worship in a mosque and fast, noting that putting on white kanzus only does not mean one is faithful to God. They also defended the Muslim religion, saying Muslims should not be discriminated against.

Other institutions that staged entertaining spiritual songs included the University of Nairobi with their sacred Kiswahili song titled Natamani Kuingia Nyumbani Kwa Yesu.

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