Kenya & University of Cape Town, 2020
Kennedy Kioko Mulwa is the co-founder and former director of Bel Canto Chorus Nairobi, a young women's ensemble based in Nairobi whose aim is to promote choral music excellence through performance, as well as promoting collegiality and mentorship among its members.
A holder of an LLB (Hons) from Kenyatta University, he is zealous about minority rights and takes every opportunity to speak against oppression. An active music composer and arranger, Kennedy has 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. His compositions took first prize at the Kenya National Music Festival for three years in a row.
Kennedy is a pianist and organist, by virtue of which he was the first Secretary of the American Guild of Organists, Kenyan Chapter. In this capacity, he promoted, and continues to promote, organ music in Kenya, as an art field that is in dire need of revival. His organ composition premiered at the Exeter College, Oxford, in March 2020.
He has previously directed various church choirs, most recently, the St. Veronica Parish Choir Syokimau, and strongly believes 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 he finds between music and law. Recently, Kennedy presented a paper at the Kabarak University International Conference on Refocusing Music and other Performing Arts for Sustainable Development 2019. He is now pursuing a Master of Music at the University of Cape Town, specializing in Ethnomusicology.