Music programme to empower youth
The Permanent Presidential Music Commission has kicked off youth talent development programme in music and dance across the country.
The commission was going round the counties using music and performing arts to empower young people, hoping to create opportunities for them in the music industry in the long-term.
The Commission’s Director Dr. Donald Otoyo said they would spend Sh. 100 million provided to them by President Uhuru Kenyatta to help out- of- school youth find alternatives to crime, gangs and drug and substance abuse, using music.
Speaking in Mombasa on Monday, Dr. Otoyo said they are seeking to identify, nurture and promote music and dance talents in the country in efforts geared towards promoting peace and cohesion.
He termed music as a critical tool for youth development anywhere in the world adding that the commission was determined to support young people in their endeavors to perform and create musical products.
Dr. Otoyo said the youth empowerment programme started in 2009 but the grant received from the president has enabled the commission to visit many counties and increase the scope of training.
“The grant is intended to introduce youth to music by providing instructors and mentors, instruments and even time in recording studios,” he said at Mombasa Beach Hotel where 80 youth are undergoing intensive training in music.
“By empowering young people through high quality music programs, we will not only tap youth passions and interests but also provide them the means to earn decent income,’’ he said.
By Hussein Abdullahi