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Kenyan singing strikes right note

Updated: 2018-08-06 07:51:39

( Xinhua )

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NAIROBI-The second edition of a Chinese singing competition was held on July 27 in Kenya's second largest institution of higher learning, Kenyatta University.

More than a dozen contestants performed a rich collection of contemporary Chinese music in front of dignitaries, including the counselor at the Chinese embassy in Kenya, Wang Xuezheng.

"The promotion of China-Kenya relations requires us to further enhance the mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples," said Wang.

"As a comprehensive and high-level university, Kenyatta University has been doing a lot in this regard," he added.

Kenyatta University's Confucius Institute, which was established in 2008, organized the second installment of the competition that showcased the local students' grasp of Chinese music and dance.

"Today's singing competition is a good way to allow more people to enjoy the good voices of Kenya and the good voices of China-Kenya friendship and cooperation," said Wang.

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Kamau Wango, the Kenyan director of Kenyatta University's Confucius Institute said the school has become a hub for cross-cultural exchanges that are bearing positive results.

"We have been hosting many events to promote Chinese culture to young learners. The majority of them find Chinese music, language and folklore interesting," Wango remarked.

The contestants, who performed songs covering diverse themes like patriotism, romance and harmonious coexistence, demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in vocals, rhythm and tone.

Judges noted that this year's Chinese singing competition had improved remarkably in all aspects.

"The contestants demonstrated a remarkable degree of confidence and ability to connect with the audience. Their vocals were refined, and their stage presence was captivating too," said Pricilla Gitonga, a music lecturer at Kenyatta University.

Nyambura Githaiga, a female contestant, scooped the top prize of $150 for her rendition of the patriotic song, Me and My Country.

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