On Saturday 20th, once again the Dawida family gathered at the Galaxy resort to commemorate a son of the land and a true legend in the musical spheres. MR FADHILI WILLIAMS
The gentleman famed nationally for the song malaika is the inspiration behind this annual event that was in its 6th county edition this year. Malaika is one of those hits that has traversed generations and boundaries Adored by the old and young equally
Set to commence around 8.pm in the night , the event feature lots of guests from all walks of life.
Various business men, politicians , elders, media personalities and students were all on board. It all began with photography sessions courtesy of voi2day.com and Explode Africa as Mary Ndunda the current Miss Malaika welcomed high profile guests.
|Mr. Duncan Mwanyumba delivering his speech|
The opening speech was given by Mr Duncan Mwanyumba who happens to be part of the chief initiators of the Malaika festival . In his speech he appreciated the turn-up that was better than the previous years and urged those in attendance to embrace the festival henceforth.
Mr Mwanyumba’s message to the county officials was basically a call for proper acknowledgment and support from the county government as the festival was an essential activity in preserving part of the county’s heritage at large.
|MCA Mghanga giving his speech|
Later on he invited various county officials and politicians among them being nominated MCA Mr Mghanga to make speeches. In his speech the MCA emphasized on the need of preservation of the Dawida culture and all things involved including the local brews such as Bangara; some of the local brews which have lately been under scrutiny as a result of strict national policies that ban their production
As a means to keep the “Fadhili flame” burning, the MCA also promised to finance a video production for the existing audio records by the great legend who departed in 2001 and was buried in Kariakor cemetery -NAIROBI though he hailed from Mwatate..
One of the special guest of the event was the son to Mr Fadhili Williams who spoke fondly of the Dad and encouraged the crowd to keep buying the dad’s records
Malaika festivals over the years has evolved into day that not only celebrates the life and times of Fadhili Williams but also a day that uncovers the wholesome dynamic beauty of Taita Taveta land and her rich dynamic culture
|Mzee Ngala performing during the event|
The colorful even event featured as well traditional musicians and bands, various budding talents in the entertainment industry as well as the legends in the making such as Mzee Ngala who dazzled the crowd with his timeless hits.
|it was a spectacular to behold|
For the Media and Technichal team, Bill Hoods of Mabeste TV, Wilson Mwailiko of explode africa photography, alongside voi2day.com were by the sidelines capturing every moment of the amazing Malaika festival as Voi’s leading DJ PAPI kept the event lively.
|Wilson in action|
Check out More pics below.DON’T MISS THE NEXT EDITION
|Reigning miss Malaika-Mary Ndunda|
|Mercury on stage|
|what a bevy?|
|TAITA TAVETA UNIVERSITY salsa group|
|Galaxy resort-The venue|
|amazing taita dishes on display|
|The traditional dances in action|
|K. M. Mwalasha testing the drums|
|the dancers in action|
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