Kenya National Music Festival
The Kenya music festival is a big annual event that takes place in August. It is one of Africa’s largest competitive music festivals for schools, colleges and universities. Organized by the Ministry of Education, it is a way of reintroducing music education to particularly primary school level learners after music was made neither compulsory nor examinable in primary schools in the year 2000 by the Ministry. As a result of music being made non-compulsory, secondary and tertiary music education enrollment numbers have also dwindled, sparking concern among authorities about the country’s cultural and musical future.
Among other objectives, the Kenya Musical Festival aims to encourage the study, practice and development of music dance and elocution, provide a forum for promising performers of music, dance and elocution to expose their talents and promote the preservation of Kenya’s rich cultural heritage. Participants compete in the areas of set pieces, folk songs, African folk dances, original compositions, arrangements and adaptations of existing music, and oriental, classical and instrumental music.