The Kisumu Youth Football Association’s (KYFA) 2013-14 leagues have begun and Manyatta United, the youth soccer team supported by the Manyatta Youth Resource Center (MYRC) and Equip Manyatta, is the talk of the town. With direction from the MYRC’s new head coach, Opiyo, Manyatta United has started the season unbeaten in all categories. This year, the MYRC is supporting more teams and youth football players then ever before. With u-12 boys, u-14 boys, u-14 girls, u-16 boys, and u-18 men, the MYRC is supporting almost 200 youth soccer players. With the increase in players and coaches, it is a constant struggle to be able to find enough funds to support so many.
The performing arts section is also working hard in preparation for this year’s Kisumu Vybez Awardz. On this night, Kisumu’s top artists, dancers, and producers come together to crown the year’s greatest with performances and awards. MYRC members have been nominated for best producer, best female artist, best collaboration, best hip-hop artist and best solo song. One artist supported by the MYRC, Nahna, collaborated with Kisumu diva, Needah, in a video that has been nominated best music video of 2013. You can view K-Town by Needah featuring Nahna at this link:
The MYRC’s recording studio, Starbell Records, has been supporting a new producer, Jamal Malique, as Equip Manyatta sponsors Azaria Juma, the MYRC performing arts director, at Home Boyz production school in Nairobi. This school is the top music production school in East Africa. We hope that when Azaria finishes school he will be able to return to Kisumu and collaborate with Malique to make the studio even stronger. Malique has been nominated as a best producer candidate for the Vybez Awards. You can visit his Reverb Nation page and hear some of his work at:
With so much happening in 2013, the MYRC and Equip Manyatta need continuous donor support in order for their programs to stay successful. The MYRC wants to be able to pay its employees a livable wage and also keep programs going that the youth need. With your support and the support of others, this goal will be possible.
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