In Summary
  • The performances by various teams were breathtaking, setting the stage for secondary school teams, which will present on Thursday.
  • The halls and makeshift tents reverberated with lyrics as the teams took the centre-stage to display their prowess. 
  • Pokot pastoralists have over the years been clashing with their Karamojong neighbours from across the border in Uganda. 

The 91st edition of the Kenya National Music Festival entered its second day on Tuesday at the Masinde Muliro University with performances featuring  traditional instruments.

The instruments included Orutu, Kayamba, Wandindi, Litungu and Isukuti among others.

The performances by various teams were breathtaking, setting the stage for secondary school teams, which will present on Thursday.

The halls and makeshift tents reverberated with lyrics as the teams took the centre-stage to display their prowess. 

CULTURAL CLOTHING

The schools participating in the instrumentation category also showcased cultural clothing. 

Another category that attracted numerous entries was the Teso lullaby.

Pupils performed a set piece titled Aitaa toto (Mother is gone), which was originally composed by Franklin Etyang of Kenya National Examinations Council.

He is also a member of the Kenya Music Festival organising committee.

Nyaola Primary School from Homa Bay County on the stage with class 285 sacred song at Masinde Muliro University Kakamega on July 11, 2017. PHOTO | ISAAC WALE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Nyaola Primary School from Homa Bay County on the stage with class 285 sacred song at Masinde Muliro University Kakamega on July 11, 2017. PHOTO | ISAAC WALE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In the song, a child lulls a sibling by offering her liver meat with the promise that mother will soon be home and everything will be all right. 

MBIRIRI

In this category, Kajiado Township Primary won. Mbiriri Primary from Eastern came second and was closely followed by Webuye DEB Primary.  

Another category that proved popular with the audience was the Pokot folksong and dance. Kodich AIC Primary, which has dominated the category for more than 10 years running, was again at the top of its game with a dance on peace and reconciliation across borders.

Pokot pastoralists have over the years been clashing with their Karamojong neighbours from across the border in Uganda. 

The Kodich folk song was meant to promote harmony between the two communities and serve as an example to other warring communities.

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