The Star (Nairobi)

13 November 2012

Kenya: Kisumu Mayor Hosts Diwali Party

Diwali, popularly known as the "festival of lights," is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar. The festival falls between mid-October and mid-November and is an official holiday in many countries with a large community of Hindus and Jains.

The festival will be marked today and as part of the celebrations, Kisumu mayor Sam Okello hosted a Diwali party for Hindus residing in the lakeside city last weekend. The event also doubled up as Obama victory celebration.

The mayor thanked members of the Asian community for their contribution to the development of the city. Many Asian businessmen and women in Kisumu attended the event.

The chairman of the Asian community Sunil Shah and councillor Naresh Patel called for mutual relationship between the Asian community and African natives to help in building the city. Okello said the council will host such Diwali dinners every year.

Low turnout mars Hunterz show in Nairobi

He has been a successful music producer but very rarely do producers become overnight successful singers like Timbaland or Ne-Yo. Meet Hunterz who has Kenyan roots but was born and brought up in the UK.

He had the chance to learn every possible instrument and produce for stars like Taz of Stereo Nation and then started to sing when he was offered a song by the everlasting UB40.

The star performed in Nairobi on Saturday but due to the Diwali festivities his concert at the Lions Club Loresho Hall was poor. When I went to meet him backstage, he knew what was happening and diplomatically said: "You have to introduce yourself in every country you go and sometimes this happens."

Concert honours Bollywood music legends

In 1965, there was a huge Bollywood hit film called "Guide" whose songs have lived on. On Sunday, there was a concert to cherish the golden oldies by the Bollywood music legends who have passed on such as Rajesh Khanna and Shammi Kapoor.

The song "Gaata Rahe Mera Dil" was written by Shailendra and was the title of the concert at the Oshwal Centre, Nairobi. The show was organised by Sailesh and Mehul Savani.

They brought in the talented Shailaja Subramanium to give her voice to the hits of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle songs. It was a beautiful evening of going back in time and remembering the legends.

The Asian Scene team wishes the Hindu Community a very Happy Diwali. May all your wishes come true.

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