African stars to unite

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Front Page - SIYABONGA SIT­HOLE siyabon­gas@the­newage.co.za

A STAR-STUD­DED line-up of some of the con­ti­nent’s most ac­com­plished mu­si­cians and phi­lan­thropists is set to de­scend on the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre for the Africa for Change Awards next Tues­day.

The awards cer­e­mony will see leg­endary Sene­galese mu­si­cian Yous­sou N’Dour, lo­cal singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Zimbabwe’s Jah Prayzah and Con­golese singer-song­writer Fally Ipupa take to the stage to per­form and un­veil their col­lab­o­ra­tive record, The Song For Africa, the of­fi­cial song for the awards.

African Amer­i­can pro­ducer and ac­tress Lynne White­field will be co­host­ing the event along­side en­tre­pre­neur and co-founder of Akon Light­ing Africa, Se­na­galese em­pow­er­ment ac­tivist Thione Niang.

Pub­li­cist Jackie Phamotse said the awards were meant to shine the light on ex­tra­or­di­nary lead­ers who had changed the lives of or­di­nary Africans on a daily ba­sis.

“The awards seek to cel­e­brate and hon­our those who have ded­i­cated their lives to the work of phi­lan­thropy and the col­lab­o­ra­tive song will also see African stars unite on stage as they put the em­pha­sis on na­tion build­ing and the legacy of ed­u­ca­tion in Africa,” she said.

Among those to be hon­oured is for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela’s widow, Graça Machel.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

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