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Chinese singing contest held at Kenya’s second largest university

NAIROBI (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 local students.

“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.

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 results.

“We have been hosting many events to promote Chinese culture to young learners. 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 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 Kenyatta University.

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 Country.

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