Rift Valley Region Music Festival Thrives at University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, 

By Dalmas Maloba & UEAB Media Team

Baraton, July 8, 2024: The University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, in Nandi County hosted the 96th Edition of the Rift Valley Region Music Festival. The event, attended and officially opened by His Excellency Stephen Sang, Governor of Nandi County, centered on the theme “Talent Development for the Growth of the Creative Economy.” The festival aims to nurture young talents and contribute to the burgeoning creative economy.

The festival featured a diverse array of musical genres, from traditional folk music to contemporary hits, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region. Local media and music enthusiasts attended, eager to witness emerging talents and discover new sounds. Competitions in solo performances, group acts, and instrumental showcases provided a platform for both seasoned performers and newcomers to shine.

In his welcoming remarks, Prof. Phillip Maiyo, Vice Chancellor of the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, emphasized the university’s commitment to nurturing not only academic excellence but also the holistic development of individuals. He expressed excitement over the performances and artistic expressions anticipated during the festival and encouraged participants to explore the university’s beautiful campus and facilities.

While declaring the festival officially open, Governor Stephen Sang underscored the significance of the festival, noting that it provides a unique platform for learners to develop their talents in music and performing arts. He expressed hope that the event would give young artists the recognition and encouragement they deserve, further propelling their journey in the creative arts. Sang reaffirmed his commitment to supporting these young talents, acknowledging them as the cornerstone of the creative economy.

Rift Valley Regional Director of Education, Mr. Milton Nzioka, highlighted the various career opportunities in the music industry, such as production, which can be pursued professionally from a young age. Nandi County Director of Education, Mr. Muriuki Harrison, added that music festivals are crucial components of society, as they encourage individuals to bring out their best in songs and dances while providing an environment for the free exchange of entertainment and values.

Students also shared their perspectives, with Mitch Ayela from Acacia Crest Academy remarking that the festival is not just about music but also about celebrating heritage and sharing stories through songs. The festival will culminate on July 18, 2024, as participants advance to the National Festival, starting on August 2.

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