Garissa University Memorial concert

After the death of 148 people both students and security officers following the grisly attack at the Garissa University college, activists, artists, poets, friends, families, colleagues and Kenyans from all walks of life gathered at the freedom corner at Uhuru park gardens for a memorial concert.

The memorial was organised by Boniface Mwangi and friends who got overwhelming support from corporates and other well wishers.

The concerts saw perfomances by poets who recited their pieces of spoken word, singer Amos and Josh performed their song Baadaye alongside Rabbit as a tribute to the fallen.

Some of the performances brought the crowd to tears despite the fact that some of the attendees were not familiar with any of the victims but chose to stand with their families and friends.

There was a board that had 148 masks with names representing each of the victims of the attack.

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Image – Garissa University Facebook page
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Image – Garissa University Facebook page

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Not Forgotten Memorial Website Set Up

A memorial website to commemorate Kenyans who have lost their lives in terror attacks has been set up. Activists led by Boniface Mwangi say you can log on to www.notforgoten.co.ke and post names of loved ones.

Speaking about the website, human rights activist Boniface Mwangi said, “The idea is to have as many profiles of the about 2000 we have lost in those 50 attacks, to remember them, to remember what made them happy, to remember who their families were, what their families remember about them so if you can if you know anyone kindly just look for the website. Let us not allow ourselves to dehumanise these people as statistics.”

Kenyans held a vigil Tuesday night at Uhuru Park grounds to commemorate the lives lost in last weeks terror attack on the Garissa University.

Here is a screenshot of the website

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Remembering Whitney Houston 3 years after her untimely death today

Three years after music legend Whitney Houston left the stage, her legacy continues to influence the music industry, and her death still haunts the world. Reflect back on the career of a singer who earned the title, “The Voice.”

Houston’s rise to international stardom is often cited as one the largest influence for black artists being granted mainstream airplay, along with Michael Jackson. Her video of “How Will I Know” become the first music video by a black woman to receive heavy rotation on MTV. Her breakthrough success is said to have paved the way for other black female artists, including Janet Jackson and Anita Baker.

In her acting debut as the star of The Bodyguard (1992), Houston also performed for the film’s soundtrack. The most notable track included was Houston’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” which became a worldwide success and one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Houston’s recognition in music history continues to stand as a monument of pop culture. Apart from being one of the best-selling music artists of all time, she is cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being most awarded female artist of all time. Throughout her career, Houston won a total of 415 awards, including two Emmys, six Grammys, 22 American Music Awards and 30 Billboard Music Awards.

To this day, Houston holds the record as the artist with the most (seven) consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Her second album, Whitney became the first album by a female artist to debut at No. 1.

Commonly referred to as simply “The Voice,” Houston’s remarkable talent remains one of the most celebrated worldwide, releasing seven studio albums, and contributing to four movie soundtracks, across a 24-year span.

On Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub at the Beverly Hilton at the age of 48. According to the official coroner’s report, Houston had died of an accidental drowning with heart disease and cocaine as contributing factors. Her death came as the music industry gathered for the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12.

A private memorial service was held Feb. 18, 2012, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Among those who performed were Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and R. Kelly, with remarks made by Kevin Costner, Rickey Minor, cousin Dionne Warwick, her personal guard of 11 years Ray Watson and Houston’s longtime producer Clive Davis.

The details surrounding Houston’s death still haunt the industry as her only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown remains on life support in Atlanta, Ga. Bobbi Kristina was discovered face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub last month, Jan. 31, sharing eerie circumstances with her mother’s demise.

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Otieno Kajwang’s memorial service (photos)

The late Otieno Kajwang’s body has been taken to Uhuru park for public viewing after a prayer meeting and family viewing at the Maxwell SDA church.

The body was received at Uhuru park by ODM senators, the coffin was drapped in Orange cloth  to signify his party loyalty.

The body will leave for Kisumu later on today for a requiem mass tomorrow. Raila Odinga will lead several leaders to Kisumu to accompany the body.

The burial date has been set for Friday in Homabay.

 

Lucky Dube’s daughter to host memorial in Kenya

The late Lucky Dube’s daughter will be in Nairobi next month for a tribute concert for her iconic dad. Nkulee Dube is expected to jet in on October 14 ahead for a two-show gig in Nairobi and Nakuru. She will perform some of her father’s top hits like Prisoner, Mama and Remember Me.

Dube was gunned down in a botched carjacking in Johannesburg on October 18, 2007. His death sent shockwaves around the globe affecting all of those who loved his thought-provoking music.

Chigy, who is in charge of the concert, said he remembers when Lucky Dube came to Kenya and performed at a concert dubbed Sunbeat. “It was a great concert. Back then everyone loved his music, I was young but I enjoyed his music. Those were good times.”

The Dennis Oliech-run entertainment outfit is also responsible for bringing other reggae acts like Busy Signal and RDX to Nairobi.

Read more: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-191860/lucky-dubes-daughter-host-memorial-kenya