Kenyan artist performing at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC are excited about the prospects of being hosted by US First Lady Michelle Obama,
Kenyan artistes performing at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC are excited about the prospects of being hosted by US First Lady Michelle Obama, reports .
This is after word went around among the Kenyan delegates that an invite had come through from White House.
"After all the drama, and our payment issues settled, we have been rocking this place and giving a truly good show to our fans here in the National Mall," Afro-fusion musician. Makadem said the news that they would be meeting Obama's wife has boosted their morale.
She is our sister and the President is one of our own. This is exciting," he said. The group performed in a pavilion dubbed Ngoma Kenya and attracted multitudes of fans from different parts of the world.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international expo sition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The Festival takes place for two weeks every summer overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It is an educational presentation that features community-based cultural exemplars. Free to the public, like other Smithsonian museums, each Festival typically draws more than one million visitors.Kenya is a country of deeply rooted traditions and a vibrant cultural crossroads. Some of the oldest artifacts of human communities have been discovered in Kenya, making the East African country truly a cradle of humanity.
Today, it is a dynamic nation that links its prehistoric past to new cultural expressions in a land of great environmental contrasts. Kenya’s diverse landscapes—stretching from snow-capped mountains to the Great Rift Valley, from deserts to lakes, vast savannahs, lush forests, and a sparkling coast—are reflected in the rich diversity of the Kenyan people and their traditions.Occurring just after the fiftieth anniversary of Kenya’s independence from the British Empire, theKenya: Mambo Poa program will present the ways in which the people of Kenya are balancing protection of their valued cultural and natural heritage with the challenges and opportunities for change in the twenty-first century.
Festival visitors will be able to interact with exemplary craftspeople who work with everything from clay to soapstone to recycled materials, learn about important fossil discoveries by taking part in a model dig site from the Great Rift Valley, run with Kenya’s Olympic athletes, dance to both traditional and contemporary music from many regions of the country, discover how Kenyans live among and work with some of the most magnificent wildlife on the continent, and experience Kenyan life in the United States.All of this will take place in venues and spaces that reflect the creative and dynamic experiences of the Kenyan people, whether they live in urban or rural, coastal or inland environments.