SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT ANDCOMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYADURING THE 2013 GROOVE AWARDS, KENYATTA INTERNATIONALCONFERENCE CENTRE, 1ST JUNE, 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen,I am delighted to join you tonight for what is also my first Groove Awards withSafaricom gala night. I take this early opportunity to congratulate all the nomineesand winners of the 2013 Groove Awards.I am aware that since the Groove Awards were launched in 2004, they have had atremendous impact on the local gospel music scene. As a result, our gospel artistesnow enjoy a higher profile at home and abroad. Indeed, the local gospel music sceneis no longer an inferior art form, but a force in its own right.Music unites us and inspires us. We turn to music when we are happy and we turn tomusic when we are sad. Indeed, as Africans, music is an integral part of our everydaylives and we have a song for every season and for every reason.Moreover, music is a very effective and powerful medium of communication. Musicfacilitates communication which goes beyond words, enables meanings to be shared,and promotes the development and maintenance of group, cultural and nationalidentities.At a personal level, I believe that there exists no higher form of music than Gospelmusic, because it is the highest form of prayer. Music permeates the spirit in waysthat written words alone cannot do. It not only serves as a medium of preaching thegospel but also invigorates the worship experience and strengthens the life of believers.Ladies and Gentlemen,Beyond its intrinsic value, music is a multi-billion industry through which manytalented people across the world make a decent living. I am encouraged to note thata vibrant and dynamic music industry has been gradually emerging in our country.Indeed, in the last decade or so, the Kenyan music industry, and particularly gospelmusic industry, has witnessed exponential growth and is in the process of transforming into a vibrant sector of our economy.Coupled with the investments made by individuals and companies involved in theindustry, and the ripple effect it continues to have on other sectors, I believe themusic industry has the potential to become one of the key sectors driving oureconomy.