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 Chicken makes stage debut at Music Festival

Chicken makes stage debut at Music Festival

Never in the history of the 89-year old festival has a live bird or animal been featured on stage, and the audience was both shocked and fascinated. Jamhuri High School's unusual presentation attracted a lot of attention at the festival at Meru School during the secondary schools performances in the Zilizopendwa category

By Line : Anthony Njagi

Posted : 23-08-2012

Last Modified : 23-08-2012

Chicken makes stage debut at music festival

The Kenya Music Festival serves up many surprises but a Nairobi school have made history by appearing on stage with a live chicken.

Jamhuri High School’s unusual presentation attracted a lot of attention at the festival at Meru School during the secondary schools performances of the Zilizopendwa category.

Never in the history of the 89-year festival has a live bird or animal been featured on stage and the audience was both shocked and fascinated.

The annual event features cultural dances, Zilizopendwa songs, set pieces, poetic talent from schools, colleges and universities.

What made the students stand out was their innovative use of the chicken, which the crowd of more than 2,000 thoroughly enjoyed.

What was not clear, however, was the status of the chicken. Was it a registered participant? What were its feeding and accommodation arrangements?

Had it come to the Meru festival as a full fledged participant or as a meal for the students? The Jamhuri High School fraternity was silent on the issue.

“While this is very innovative, I think chickens should be roaming at home or sitting on the dining table,” said artistic director Shikuku Shitubi.

He expressed concern over the chicken’s travel, accommodation and its ultimate fate after the festival.

Meanwhile, Chavakali High School from Western Province won the audience’s hearts with a fantastic performance in the Zilizopendwa category.

The school gave a rendition of Maroon Commandos’ evergreen song, Carol. The song and dance was arranged by Humphrey Kisia.

At Meru Teachers College, universities and colleges this time presented well researched and choreographed dances, verses and songs.

The big performers were Mount Kenya University Thika, Kisii University, Moi University, University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University. Not left behind were Baraton, Masinde Muliro and Maseno.

Mombasa Polytechnic, Nairobi Aviation and Zetech colleges also made an impression. Nairobi’s Zetech College won in the Kiganda folk songs category. They also performed a Burundi folk song.

 

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