Kisima music festival goes continental and now includes film too.Kisima music and film awards is back to celebrate what is best on the African continent-in music and film.Music has always been part of Africa and Africans in all occasions be it to communicate, celebrate or mourn.Music is essential to all of us in our lives-we listen to it when waking up, while travelling, at work, and with our friends. For many, music is like a constant companion. It can bring us joy and motivate us, accompany us through difficult times, and alleviate our worries.
For most people on this continent and indeed the entire world, music is much more than mere entertainment. It has been a feature of every known human society. According to a music psychologist at the University of Cambridge and City University of New York David Greenberg almost every culture in the world has some history with music.
“Primitive tribes and religious practices have used music to reach enlightened states for thousands of years, and Pythagoras used music to heal different psychological and physical ailments,” Greenberg says. At Kisima music and film awards we believe that music does not only reach us on intellectual, social, and emotional levels, but it is also spiritual and mystical.
The use of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic devices in music can induce a psychological state in both the musicians and the listener that is beyond words to describe. Music can bring us back to ourselves, be our mirror, and show us a side of ourselves that we may have long forgotten or never knew existed. This is true to our liberation struggle on this continent, in weddings and national days. This is also true when we mourn our heroes and our departed. Music is an ever present fixture. While we are a musical society, we hardly stop, we rarely stop to actually think about what it is. After all, what exactly is music?
One of the most succinct definitions of music comes from the Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni, who said, “Music is sonorous air.” It’s extraordinary to think that a simple vibration unseen by the human eye can facilitate a deeply rich emotional experience, alter perception and consciousness, and induce ecstatic states of being. That is what Kisima is all about. Touching that part of humanity by a combination of sounds and vibration. This is what we seek to bring together-artists who espouse this vibrancy and craftily put words and dance together. We shall not just look at the vibrancy of the music in west Africa, we shall combine it with that in southern Africa, eastern and central Africa and the north too to have the biggest melting pot of music at the carnivore in Nairobi on December 13, 2020.
We welcome Africans on the continent and the diaspora to choose their music and best artist over the last 12 months so that we can celebrate them. And we plan to celebrate them big at the awards gala like no other.
Fundamentally, music is a combination of sounds, and sound is vibration. We intend to tease this out during Kisima.