Vuyo Mokoena’s pas­sion lives on

Foun­da­tion to help un­der­priv­i­leged kids

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MPILETSO MOTUMI

THE of­fi­cial launch of the Vuyo Mokoena Foun­da­tion will fea­ture a num­ber of Gospel greats cel­e­brat­ing the late star’s il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer.

His wife Te­bogo Mokoena said the Njalo hit­maker al­ways had a pas­sion for chil­dren.

“When he passed away I didn’t be­lieve that the pas­sion died with him. I felt it was my re­spon­si­bil­ity to carry on with the legacy.”

Vuyo was ini­tially a teacher but he al­ways had the de­sire to be a mu­si­cian and to sing gospel mu­sic.

Te­bogo said the pas­sion Vuyo had for chil­dren stems from the time he moved to Johannesburg and was home­less for a while be­fore be­ing dis­cov­ered on the tele­vi­sion tal­ent show Shell Road to Fame.

“He left ev­ery­thing in Bal­four and came to pur­sue his ca­reer in mu­sic. When he got to Gaut­eng he didn’t know any­one and lived on the streets.

“That’s where his pas­sion for help­ing street kids and the less priv­i­leged came from,” said Te­bogo.

She said the love for chil­dren did not leave Vuyo. Be­fore he died he had or­gan­ised a num­ber of his fel­low mu­si­cians to go back to Duduza in Ekurhu­leni where he grew up, and give out food parcels and money for com­put­ers to the school he at­tended.

Mokoena said peo­ple have asked her why she is start­ing the foun­da­tion nine years af­ter Mokoena passed on.

“I had my own call­ing and needed to in­vest in my­self. I was still young when Vuyo died and we had so many dreams and goals. I had to pur­sue what I was called to do. I went to bi­ble col­lege for three years and then worked in min­istry for five years.”

It was only last year when Te­bogo felt that she could con­tinue what Vuyo had started.

“The foun­da­tion will be work­ing with a lot of chil­dren. We have ap­proached a lot of or­gan­i­sa­tions and are hop­ing to start a cen­tre – the Vuyo Mokoena Arts and Recre­ation Cen­tre in Duduza,” she said.

Te­bogo said the foun­da­tion would also start an af­ter school pro­gramme for chil­dren to nur­ture their tal­ents.

“That was his vi­sion and dream. I am work­ing with an awe­some team and mak­ing sure the dream comes to fruition.”

Te­bogo was also part of the team that worked on Vuyo’s com­pi­la­tion al­bum where she chose songs specif­i­cally to ded­i­cate to the foun­da­tion.

“When Vuyo wrote Le­fat­she la Dikhut­sanyane and Umkhuleko they were ded­i­cated to the home­less. Univer­sal Mu­sic let me se­lect some of the songs for the al­bum.

The Vuyo Mokoena Ul­ti­mate Col­lec­tion CD and DVD is avail­able na­tion­wide.

The launch takes place on Sat­ur­day Au­gust 5 at As­sem­blies of God in Sand­ton and will in­clude per­for­mances from Kholeka, Sipho Ng­wenya and Sizwe Zako among many oth­ers. En­try to the event is R150. @mane_mpi

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