Kenyan singer Mayonde represented not just Kenya, but the entire African continent, in the 2017 World Youth Forum official song ‘I Dream of a Place‘.
The official song is a catchy composition brought to life by the Egyptian cinematographer Mazen El Motagawel, featuring stunning architectural and natural landscapes from across the globe. The Kenyan version is resplendent in scenes from tourist attractions such as Hell’s Gate National Park, the Giraffe Center and K1 Clubhouse.
“I’m genuinely shook. The most painful and beautiful project I’ve ever worked on,” posted Mayonde on her Instagram timeline over the weekend. “I’m grateful for the hardships, the lessons and the great friendships made from all around the world. I’m so hopeful for the great future that lies ahead. Thank you God! Thank you that I could be part of this in this lifetime. Even in the smallest way ✨ It’s time for love. It’s time for peace.”
The World Youth Forum official song video clocked 2 million views in under 5 days, spreading the message of love and harmony across the globe.
This year’s just concluded World Youth Forum took place in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, bringing together opinion-shapers and leaders to discuss issues affecting the planet’s youth population, including unique platforms such as the Model United Nations. Presided over by Egyptian President Abdelfattah El Sisi, the Forum’s agenda focused on critical pillars such as Youth Global Issues, Sustainable Development, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Culture and Civilizations and Creating Future Leaders.
Selected youthful artistes from each continent sang portions of the official song for the forum, including Greek, Russian and Kenyan versions.
Above, you can watch the Kenyan version of the World Youth Forum official song, and below, you can view the aggregated official song.