(Xinhua) -- The second edition of Chinese singing
competition was held on Friday in Kenya’s second largest
institution of higher learning, Kenyatta University amid
thrilling performance by students.
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, and
strengthen cultural and people to people bonds,” said Wang.
“As a comprehensive and high-level
university, Kenyatta University has been doing so a lot in this
regard,” he added.
Kenyatta University’s Confucius
Institute that was established in 2008 organized the second
version of Chinese singing competition that showcased
outstanding grasp of music and dance from the Asian Nation by
“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
Kamau Wango, the Kenyan Director of
Kenyatta University’s Confucius Institute said it has become a
hub for cross-cultural exchanges that are bearing positive
“We have been hosting many events to
promote Chinese culture to young learners. Majority of them find
Chinese music, language and folklore interesting,” Wango
The contestants who performed songs
covering diverse themes like patriotism, romance and harmonious
co-existence demonstrated 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 stage presence was
captivating too,” said Pricilla Gitonga, a music lecturer at
Nyambura Githaiga, a female contestant
scooped the overall prize totaling 150 U.S. dollars after a
thrilling rendition of a Chinese patriotic song called Me and My