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Nairobi Girls Chorale wows U.S audience

By George Orido | Tuesday, Jun 14th 2016 at 10:22
Rev Jesse Jackson joins Nairobi Girls Chorale in Chicago on 4th June,2016. The girls are on their third U.S tour  Photo:Courtesy

The Nairobi Girls' Chorale landed at the JKIA yesterday after a success tour of their U.S performances in Chicago, charming their audiences including the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Arriving from the land of opportunity yesterday, the group was received by jubilation from family members and friends with memories of meeting and being hosted by the America Civil Rights crusader Rev Jesse Jackson still fresh.

"I was so pleased to meet Jesse Jackson and the kind words he had to say about Kenya and ourselves," said Resler Anyango.

It was Resler's first ever flight let alone one to the U.S .She said the exposure she has had has expanded her world view of things and now she is not only a better Kenyan but a World citizen.

During their performance at Rev Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition, the girls wowed the audience with their melodies earning several standing ovations.

The rich repertoire included My Country Kenya and Bless Kenya by David Isindu, Kokoliko by by Dr Henry Wanjala, Malaika, Mugithi, Niwara Nono, Komgoi among other classical numbers from the motherland.

"I was moved when this Black woman wept soaking her cheeks with rolling tears when we sang Chikitita," recalled 2nd year Psychology student at the University of Nairobi, Miriam Bitange.

The middle aged woman told them that she hasn't heard people sing so soulfully and so touching. She said the music reminded her of her history.

Rev Jackson who has come to Kenya in several occasions including in 1992 when he came to mediate between warring tribes in Rift Valley ahead of the General Elections then, was wowed and gave the girls a snippet of Kenya's own History.

"Jomo Kenyatta, the founding President of the new Kenya, said that when the British came to Kenya, they taught us how to pray, they taught us to close our eyes, the missionaries came and gave us Bibles," said Jackson Junior.

"By the time we opened our eyes, we had the bible, they had all of our land," he said to a rapturous laughter in the auditorium.

He moved the audience with his speech alluding to the fact that the visiting Kenyan girls were better brought up than their Chicago counterparts.

"They come from a culture and a school that is alive. We should have arts in the school, we should have music in the school, we should have humanity in the school."

Faith Kiiru whose was touring the U.S for the third time recalled how exciting and fulfilling it was to be part of the Madaraka Day celebrations organized by Kenyans in Chicago.

For the first time the group was being hosted by Kenyans and it was real home away from home according to Faith who is a student pursuing Music course at Kenyatta University.

While receiving the girls at the airport yesterday Parents Mary Muganda and Kennedy  Luhomba  said they will continue to support their children in their creative endeavors because it helps them grow into responsible citizens.

The Nairobi Girls Chorale Director Mr Isindu termed the tour as one of the most successful and fulfilling saying three of the girls in the tour attracted full university scholarship from a women's organization in Chicago.

Another member got her Sh 159,000 fess balance at Egerton University cleared," he said adding that the group has plans to establish a Talents center in Nairobi to carter for training and creating nurturing of young Kenyans including boys.

Other groups that have been in the U.S in recent times include Ken Wakia's Nairobi Chambers Chorus and the Moipei Quartet who today a rocking stars in San Antonio in Texas where they are on Dean's list for the second year running for their academic prowess and performances at St Mary's University.

 

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