13-year-old Leyla Mohamed who came to the limelight after an impressive rendition of Wimbo wa Historia performed during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega county.
Following her rendition of the Enock Ondego masterpiece going viral on social media, the St. Teresa's Primary School pupil was floated to perform during the annual festivity.
Her performance though was dodged by sound difficulties with the pre-recorded track overlaying inconsistently as Layla poured her heart out in front of President Uhuru Kenyatta, First lady Margaret Kenyatta and other dignitaries.
As the track abruptly stopped playing, Leyla powered through and sang the song unphased with the technical hitch.
The camera panned to President Uhuru who was clearly irritated by the error. He, however, seemed impressed by the teenager's perseverance who sang through without a beat.
After she was done, the president and the first lady clapped, cheering on Leyla.
Kenyans who were following the events online expressed their disappointment in the organizers for ruining the performance.
"Alas. Someone just ruined what was a much-anticipated performance by Leyla, she of the Wimbo wa Historia fame, at Mashujaa Day 2018," one netizen noted.
Others acknowledged Leyla's efforts expressing their admiration for her tenacity despite the sound failure.
"Good performance Leyla Mohammed. Forget about the sound technicians. They disappointed you," another tweeted.
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