The Kabarak University School of Music and Media is the youngest formed school which was instituted earlier this year under the leadership of the founding Dean Professor Mellitus Wanyama. The school is currently hosting its 1st two-day Annual International Research Conference on Refocusing Music and other performing arts for sustainable development, at the School of Music and Performing Arts Library.
The research conference was declared open by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Henry Kiplangat who was in attendance alongside members of management; Professor Ronald Chepkilot, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration and Finance, Rev. Professor Jacob Kibor, University Provost, Professor Simon KIpchumba, Registrar Administration and Human Resource, Dr. Antony Somba, Registrar Academics and Research, Mrs. Patricia Chebet, University Librarian and the Ag Deans of Students Dr. Dorcas Githaiga.
In his speech, the vice chancellor commended the School of Music and Media for organizing this International Research Conference to offer a readily available platform to share research outputs, network with other researchers, and identify creative ideas for the betterment of the industry and advancement of the SDGs.
He urged all conference participants and the researchers at large to utilize this platform so gracefully given to bring forth their potential for a better future.
Kabarak University holds Annual International Research Conference across the various schools of this institution of higher learning. Guest speakers who interact academically and share ideas and innovation are invited.
In this particular conference, we were humbled to have Professor Geoff Madimabe Mapaya , Professor of Music at the University of Venda (UNIVEN) in South Africa as our keynote speaker. In his topic presentation, The Shape of Things to Come, he talked about Contemporary African Music and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He introduced music and how contemporary African Music came to be. Of keen interest is the discussion about Forth Industrial Revolution in music and how in the coming future.
Dr. Kahithe Kiiru, the production manager and the head choreographer, Bomas of Kenya had a very educative presentation on cultural dance research, practice, and creativity as conscious decolonization.
It has been a very successful conference so far and we thank all the partners and participants for being part of this history-making international research conference.