2018 was a busy for the Art of Music, so many activities taking us from Korogocho all the way to Poland.
To top it off the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta gave us a special shout out as Ghetto Classics were commissioned to perform an orchestral rendition of the famous patriotic song Tushangilia Kenya, composed by our very own Mwalimu, Thomas Wasonga in 1985. The recording itself was a wonderful experience and to be recognised by the President a very special achievement.
We look forward to 2019 and wish you all wonderful holiday season.
As we close the year, I wanted to share with you, my fellow Kenyans a story of hope and patriotism combining two of the things that I am really passionate about, music and our youth.As part of creating musical content to support communication of the Big 4 Agenda. I commissioned a group of young and very talented musicians called Ghetto Classics to perform an orchestral rendition of the famous patriotic song Tushangilia Kenya, composed by our very own Mwalimu, Thomas Wasonga in 1985. The talented Ghetto Classic youth aged between 8 and 24 years have come to distinguish themselves as one of the most talented musical communities in Kenya, escaping drugs and other negative youth influences, while perfecting their art.Founded in 2008, in the Korogocho slums of Nairobi, by Elizabeth Wamuni Njoroge, Ghetto Classics were simply a group of ordinary kids with humble and sometimes traumatizing backgrounds, living under the care of the Fr John Webootsa, a catholic priest based at the Kariobangi parish.Elizabeth captured the determination, energy, talent and promise displayed by the young boys and girls of Korogocho and she immediately set out to find ways in which to harness their inner drive and potential. Today, the 1500 youth, perform at concerts around the country and the world, Ghetto Classics is changing the story of the slums from one of despair to one of promise. Please watch their video and let me know what you think. Enjoy!
Imechapishwa na Uhuru Kenyatta kwenye Ijumaa, 28 Desemba 2018