Vuyo Mokoena’s passion lives on
Foundation to help underprivileged kids
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