How Talanta Hela is seeking to bring together African and Caribbean cultures
Talanta Hela initiative over the weekend held a three-day festival dubbed Rally, Biz na Sherehe, an event that was in tandem with Kenya’s 70th edition of the WRC Safari Rally in Naivasha.
The event held at the ‘Hustla Village’, Buffalo Mall in Naivasha was a picturesque of high octane energy, headline performances from household artistes such as Khaligraph Jones, Fena Gitu and Ssaru.
A mix of the young and the old mingled in a memorable event that injected life to the party.
The festival was not all about colour and fun but also had a tinge of business with exhibition area where innovators showcased their enterprise in various fields such as e-mobility, artwork and technology.
At the flag off of the WRC Safari Rally, Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, enlivened the occasion by stating that sherehe (partying) is part of Safari Rally culture.
A youthful horde made their presence felt with their dressing and air of juvenile excitement, while the middle-age “Subaru Boys”, as expected, gave a spectacle of their own with their noisy machines.
Speaking at the event that was also graced by the Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda Mr Namwamba said: “Kenya is rising with Talanta Hela, monetizing talent and Pesa Mfukoni for our talented young people. This is all part of the bottom up economic transformation agenda.”
“Kenya and Antigua and Barbuda are working on a concert in December that will bring together African and Caribbean countries in one melting pot,” Namwamba said.
The Antigua and Barbuda envoy promised to help the Kenyan music industry gain a bigger profile on the international stage.
“I am looking forward to doing some Genge music and featuring some Kenyan artistes. I am going to help promote Kenyan artistes and promote them internationally. Kenyan music is rising. We are looking forward to providing platforms to Kenyan talent. Shine Kenya, shine music and shine talent,” the envoy said.