The Rift Valley Regional Kenya Music Festivals for schools entered Day two on Thursday with calls for cohesion through music and cultural heritage.

Regional Coordinator Evans Keya says the aim of the Festivals is to ensure there is talent growth in music, poetry and traditional narrations.

According to Mr.Keya, under the theme ‘Enhancing national unity, cohesion and integration’ the event seeks to also empower youths to understand more about national cohesion.

Mr.Keya who spoke at Langalanga Secondary school,added that Music and arts should be given priority as it has contributed to jobs creation in the country.

“The festivals are aimed at growing talents in the country by enhancing national unity, cohesion and integration. The Music and art should be given priority as 80 percent of employment comes from the sector” said Mr. Keya.

The items that will emerge winner in the Festivals will head to the Nationals that will take place at Kabarak High school early August this year.

Then from there, is the Statehouse gala for the best items and then the East African concert later in August. Mr. Keya lauded the National Government through the ministry of Education for supporting the event.

“The winning items will move to the next level which is the nationals. But I must commend the National government through the Ministry of Education for supporting the event” he said.

One of the Regional adjudicators Mr. Wycliffe Obiero in an interview noted that Kenya has diverse cultures which can be used to create cohesion.

According to Obiero, this can be achieved if everyone starts appreciating different cultures and heritage in the country.

He adds that as regional adjudicators, they are able to understand various aspects through what he terms ‘cultural intelligence’.

“You must have cultural intelligence for you to be a regional or national adjudicator. In Kenya we have different cultures and this can be a point of cohesion if we start appreciating each one of them” said Mr.Obiero.

The Regional Festivals that were on Tuesday opened by Regional Commissioner Mongo Chimwanga are expected to be closed on 29th by Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui.

This is the 93rd Kenya Music Festivals.

PHOTO/Manoti:The ongoing Rift Valley Regional Kenya Music Festivals for schools.