Unity in Diversity at the Luo Festival 2016


The 2016 edition of the annual Luo Festival that celebrates Luo Culture, a culture of Class, trendsetters and pace Setters over the weekend saw a celebration that embraced unity in diversity. Music being a universal language of mankind, hundreds of revelers from all walks of life thronged the Carnivore grounds putting to rest the argument that ‘Luo’ is no longer a lifestyle but a software that can be installed in any Kenyan from any tribe. As Sarah Dessen clearly puts it; ‘Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.’

The event that kicked off Saturday afternoon was hosted by an array of comedians including Othuol Othuol, Ajo Mbuta, Owago Onyiro, Obinna, Eric Omondi and Jalang’o. As customary, a variety of traditional luo delicacies such as ‘aluru’, ‘athola’, ‘osuga’, ‘aliya’ and the famous lakeside tilapia fish were served. This year top Luo artistes, Luo MC’s, Kenyan Fashion Designers, Chefs and top notch Deejay Joe Mfalme graced the occasion.

The arena media and Ramogi FM sponsored event saw the attendance of the luo business and political class headed by CORD leader Raila Odinga, who was received on stage amidst cheers. The CORD leader took the opportunity to preach peace and urged Kenyans to embrace unity across the country. The fashion arena was graced by models who showcased designs by Yvonne Odhiambo of Afrostreet Kollections.

Emma Jalamo popularly referred to as ‘opija’ thrilled the fans with his mellow delivery as Raila Odinga joined him on stage for a dance. Other performances of the night included an electrifying stint by Vicmass Luo Dollar of the ‘Bank Otuch’ fame, Dola Kabary who sent the crowd wild with his hit ‘ Sella’, Madanje Perimeter and Igwe Bandasson who performed earlier in the day. Akothee apart from her theatrics, disappointed fans with a shoddy performance that saw her background vocalist save her horrible rendition. The queen of Ohangla music Lady Maureen literally drove the crowd wild as the showstopper and final performer. She engaged her audience kicking off her performance with her famous hit ‘Abiro iri Messiah’. Her two hour performance that ended in the wee hours of the morning marked yet another successful luo festival.

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