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Friday, October 12, 2012

Matunda Bora bring a little light and rhythm into Ellen's volunteer experience

I have now been here for a little more than 2 weeks and I already feel like this is my home. I just love everything about it. I come from a small island in Sweden and this is my first time in Kenya, in Africa. And Kenya has offered me all that I thought it would be and a lot more! One huge thing here is, of course, the African music. The rhythm, passion and the love comes so easily and so naturally here. 

Like yesterday, we had choir at one of the schools, Matunda Bora. It was amazing! In only one hour we got a mix of “This Little Light of Mine”, rapping girls having some sort of battle (always with a smile though), dancing boys, and beautiful songs in Swahili.

Matunda Bora Choir get into the groove
What I like here is that you really see the fire in their eyes and the passion about all the songs no matter if the songs are about a bicycle or if they are hungry and want food. And they really know how to move.  I thought I had some sort of rhythm but that is completely nothing compared to them, it must be something in the African spirit. I’m so jealous.

The small little creatures are shaking everything they have and that also contains the boys. That’s a big difference from African kids to Swedish, maybe north European kids. Girls or boys would never move like that back home! I don’t know why, but it must be some sort of cultural thing which is sad.

They seem to be so happy here for almost nothing. A new song, a new dance, a new face in their school, it doesn't matter. I really want to encourage everyone to go and see all these things. It gives you perspective and you learn to appreciate, it sounds like a real cliché but it’s true.