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President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech at Groove Awards

President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech at Groove Awards

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At a personal level, I believe that there exists no higher form of music than Gospel music, because it is the highest form of prayer. Music permeates the spirit in ways that written words alone cannot do. It not only serves as a medium of preaching the gospel but also invigorates the worship experience and strengthens the life of believers.
At a personal level, I believe that there exists no higher form of music than Gospel music, because it is the highest form of prayer. Music permeates the spirit in ways that written words alone cannot do. It not only serves as a medium of preaching the gospel but also invigorates the worship experience and strengthens the life of believers.

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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.
 
However, I am aware that more still needs to be done within this space if we are toachieve the levels of success realized by those societies that have embraced the artsmore aggressively than we have done. That is why my Government has committed toensuring that the arts are no longer a footnote in the Kenyan development agenda,but an important driver of our economic agenda.Ladies and Gentlemen,Exactly 50 years ago, Kenya gained internal self- rule, setting herself firmly on thepath to full independence. And as Kenya celebrates her Golden Jubilee later in theyear, we as a people have a lot to reflect about. We have made some tremendousgains in the last 50 years but equally, we continue to face some major challenges.In particular, the issue of unemployment among the youth continues to be a thorn inthe flesh for my Government. Our youth are more than half the population and wecannot hope to develop without the contribution and active involvement of thissegment of our population.Indeed, the youth are a melting pot of innovative ideas and a source of restlessenergy which if tapped positively could help speed Kenya along the road todevelopment. My Government recognises the Arts, Sports and Culture as areasthrough which the youth can exploit their talent, achieve self-actualization, generateincome and contribute to national development.For this reason, my Government will introduce a raft of measures that will supportthe growth of opportunities under Arts, Sports and Culture starting from the 2013-2014 Financial Year. These measures include the construction of an ultramodernNational Theatre with live Audio Visual links. We will also be seeking to consolidatelicenses in order to make it easier for artists to perform across the country.In addition to this, we will strive to ensure that artists in every County have access tothe facilities they need to develop, harness and share their talents with the nationand the world. These initiatives will go in tandem with other pledges that theGovernment is in the process of putting in place, including the allocation of a 2.5 percent of the National Revenue to the Youth Enterprise Capital Fund.Ladies and Gentlemen,As we embark on our plans as Government, let me point out that our doors are opento engage with the representatives from this and related industries on ways in whichwe can work together to catapult the entertainment sector into a multi-billionindustry that will compete effectively with others in Africa and the rest of the world.In conclusion, I wish to assure our musicians, and indeed other artists, that myGovernment is committed to supporting you to develop, exploit and benefit from

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