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Kennedy Mulwa

Kenya & University of Cape Town, 2020

I am a cross-disciplinary academic and practitioner, keen on building collaborations and spaces of engagement both in the corporate world and in social settings. With a bachelor of Laws from Kenyatta University, I am zealous about minority rights and takes every opportunity to speak against oppression. An active music composer and arranger, I have won numerous composition awards on the national arena, including with the choirs of Holy Ghost Cathedral Mombasa, Moi Girls School Nairobi, and Loreto High School Limuru. My compositions took first prize at the Kenya National Music Festival for four years in a row. I am also a pianist and organist, by virtue of which I was the first Secretary of the American Guild of Organists, Kenyan Chapter. In this capacity, I promoted, and continue to promote, organ music in Kenya, as an art field that is in dire need of revival. My composition for the organ, titled “Toccata and Fugue”, premiered at the Exeter College, Oxford, in 2020. I have previously directed various church choirs, most recently, the St. Veronica Parish Choir Syokimau, and strongly believe that music can be used as a tool for social change and advancement, particularly in giving voice to the voiceless. This is the nexus that I find between music and law. I hold a Master of Music at the University of Cape Town, specializing in Ethnomusicology, basing his research on African musics in Christian liturgy. as well as a Master of Science in Human Resource Management at the University of Nairobi. I am currently a PhD student at the South African College of Music, UCT, researching Pacific Islander performers in Melbourne, Australia.

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