Many schools are looking forward to the Kenya Music Festival which is set to begin on Saturday at Kabarak University in Nakuru County.

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The 93rd edition of the music festival will run from August 3 to August 15, 2019 and is expected to attract over 150,000 participants.

Kabarak University Vice-Chancellor Henry Kiplagat said preparations at Kabarak University are complete as they expect participants from Kenya and other countries.

“The music fete will bring together participants from Kenya and the East Africa Community including Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. Preparations are complete and we are ready to host the event,” said Prof Kiplagat as quoted by nation.co.ke.

Kenya Music Festival Executive Secretary Ruth Agesa said the theme for this year’s event is “Enhancing National Unity, Cohesion and Integration through Kenya Music Festival”.

Agesa said the festival incorporates cultural groups, cultural dances, drama and plays as the participants will showcase different genres in music such as set pieces, folksongs, dances and oriental music among others.

“Music and the festival in particular, promotes the preservation and appreciation of the diverse Kenyan cultures to foster national unity, patriotism, nationalism, the Kenyan identity and global recognition among other objectives. The event provides a platform for learners to identify and nurture talent in line with the competency-based curriculum reform initiative.” 

“The event will also feature special compositions, African adaptations, elocution in English, French, German, Arabic and sign language,” said Agesa.

Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui said measures have been put in place to ensure the students, teachers and other visitors are well protected.

“Enough security personnel from both the national and county levels have been deployed to ensure there is safety throughout the event, “said Mr Mbui.