Aga Khan Academy Mombasa – National Choral Champions!

23 August 2011

The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa won 14 top three placings including five firsts at the recent 2011 National Kenya Music Festival held in Nakuru.

Members of the choir had performed for His Highness the Aga Khan during his visit to the Academy in JulyThe Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa won 14 top three placings including five firsts at the recent 2011 National Kenya Music Festival held in Nakuru. In one category the Academy was placed first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth. The school was recognized on Kenyan national television as the top individual school in a competition that featured approximately 85,000 participants from different parts of the nation.

The festival receives entries from nursery schools, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities. Students use different avenues of self expression in celebrating Kenyan cultural heritage through an extravaganza of music, dance and elocution.

The Aga Khan Academy singers were directed by Choral Master Mr. Philip Agutu Ouma, an expert in choral music whose singers have won titles at this national festival for the last five years, with strong support and accompaniment by Head of Expressive Arts, Mr. Otieno Onyango. They guided the performers from the Divisional and Provincial competitions to ultimately representing Coast Province at the National Festival.

Individual results included:

OPERATIC ORATORIO LIEDER: Xenia Karungu 1st

OPERATIC ORATORIO LIEDER: Sameer Shah 2nd

OWN CHOICE TRIO: Xenia Karungu, Cicilia Tende, Njeri Mwengi 1st

BHAJAN–HINDI/ GUJARATI: Parthivi Bhatia 1st

SOLO PUBLIC SPEAKING: Emaan Rashid 1st

PIANO SOLO ADVANCED: Saumya Gupta 1st

HINDI/ GUJARATI SOLO: Sameer Shah 2nd

ORIENTAL CLASSICAL VOCAL: Mishal Lalani 2nd

SOLO SET PIECE: Jane Mwengi 2nd

OPERATIC ORATORIO SOLO: Parthivi Bhatia 2nd

OPERATIC ORATORIO SOLO: Vanessa Mucheke 3rd

SOLO SET PIECE: Timeus Mulinge 3rd

TRIO OWN CHOICE: Jane Mwengi, Parthivi Bhatia, Moureen Mulinge 3rd

ORIENTAL CLASSICAL VOCAL SOLO: Saahil Ariff Manji 3rd