Musician Suzanna Owiyo. Photo/Facebook
The Kisumu Social Centre, which has since been renamed Mama Grace Onyango Social Centre was a lively place to be on Friday as musicians Suzanna Owiyo and Mitchel Omondi, literally brought the house down.
The two song birds opened a brief entainment session during the grand launch of the Centre which has been refurbished at a cost of Sh63 million under the Kisumu Urban Project (KUP) funded by the French Government.
Mitchel was the first one to take to the stage, singing the Umgombothi song originally done by South Africa's Yvonne Chakachaka.
Her performance lifted several diginataries from their seats, as Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage Amina Mohamed, Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o, his wife Dorothy Nyong'o, Vihiga Governor Wilbur Otichillo and Kisumu County Commissioner Josephine Ouko among others all took to the dance floor.
After her turn, came Kisumu City's all time finest Sussana Owiyo. She started by saying that the Country is recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
"When I see my dear sister sing and people are dancing, it tells me that we are in the recovery process after Corona. It tells me music is something that gives us life," she said.
CS Amina Mohamed with Governor Nyong'o in Kisumu on Friday. Photo/Lennox Omondi
Owiyo then took her guitar and started doing what she knows best - singing. She sang the Kisumu 100, one of her best songs of all time. The song praises Kisumu; from boda boda operators to the availability of fish.
A big number of dignitaries joined her on the stage during her electrifying performance.
The Kisumu Social Centre has been renamed Mama Grace Onyango, in honour of Grace Onyango - the first female deputy speaker, mayor and Member of Parliament in the Country. The 96-year-old Grace was among those who attended the grand launch.
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