The Ministry of Education has started conducting a workshop for some 400, adjudicators and trainers for the 91st edition of the Kenya Music Festival, 2017. The week-long workshop is taking place at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu.
The Executive Secretary of Kenya Music Festival Ms Ruth Agesa said participants will study and analyse the set pieces that have been selected for harmonised judgement a head of the beginning of the festival in May this year.
“They will discuss any possible gaps in the music selected and provide direction on how it will be approached,” Ms Egesa said. This was during a preparatory meeting ahead of the workshop at Ministry of Education Headquarters in Nairobi.
She said the 2017 Music Festival is themed “Enhancing National Unity, Cohesion and Integration through Music Festival,” noting that the Ministry, jointly with stakeholders wished to celebrate the stability and peace that Kenyans have enjoyed.
“They should continue to enjoy a head, during and after the forthcoming General Elections in August,” she noted.
The festival attracts learners from Early Childhood Development, primary and secondary schools, middle level and vocational colleges and university students.
Ms Egesa said the music competition will start in May at regional levels and culminate into National Music Festival at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kakamega between 10th -27th July 2017.
The 91st Edition of the Kenya Music Festival, is set to attract 1.7 million students. They will participate in the annual festivities at regional level that will culminate into national levels in July.
The festival is meant to mentor and nurture promising performers of music, dance and elocution to showcase their talents. It also avails opportunities for career development and promotes the preservation and appreciation of the diverse Kenyan cultures.
This fosters national unity, the Kenyan identity and global recognition among other objectives.
The Central Bank of Kenya is the main sponsor of the competition. Other sponsors include UNICEF, Public Service Commission, The Teachers Service Commission, National Police Service, National Environment Authority, National Transport and Safety Authority National Committee on Citizen Participation on Security, Equatorial Nuts and Kenya Music Festival Open Class.