Baby Man­qoba song out $18k raised, $25k to go

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Correspondent

BU­L­AWAYO artistes on Wed­nes­day night launched a track ti­tled Save Man­qoba as part of ef­forts to raise $43 000 needed for the baby’s liver trans­plant in India.

The song, which fea­tures San­dra Nde­bele, Khuliyo, Nk­wali, Donna N, Lady Tshawe, Um­dumo We­sizwe, Iyasa, Nku­lukeko Dube, Band with no Name and Babongile Sikhon­jwa was launched in Bu­l­awayo dur­ing the Jam Ses­sion at Club 263.

At the launch, Khuliyo sang the groovy Afro Pop track which they penned two weeks ago with Gugu­labo Nkomo and Um­dumo We­sizwe as back­ing vo­cal­ists.

Pro­duced by Percy Ncube, the song has a catchy cho­rus: “Save Baby Man­qoba Zim­babwe, we ap­peal to all hu­man­ity.”

The lead vo­cal­ists en­cour­age peo­ple to sup­port the baby to un­dergo the much needed op­er­a­tion so that she will be able to at­tend school like other chil­dren.

The song can be down­loaded from The Chron­i­cle and Sun­day News web­sites as well as the two news­pa­pers’ Face­book and Twit­ter pages.

Mean­while, the spon­sored walk or­gan­ised by Bu­l­awayo jour­nal­ists to raise funds for Man­qoba will be held to­mor­row with par­tic­i­pants walk­ing from the Large City Hall to Hill­side Dams.

One of the or­gan­is­ers of the walk, Sun­day News se­nior re­porter Robin Muchetu said par­tic­i­pants would con­gre­gate at the Large City Hall at 7AM.

“Ev­ery­one is in­vited to the walk.

“Those who want to par­tic­i­pate can pay $5 for adults and $2 for chil­dren,” said Muchetu.

“Those who’ll not be able to join the walk can still do­nate to help the Mab­hena fam­ily.”

She said $17 900 has been raised thus far and en­cour­aged in­di­vid­u­als and cor­po­rates to con­tinue chip­ping in as $43 000 is needed.

“We’ve a tar­get of $43 000 and if we all join hands, we can reach it. Peo­ple can help in any way as there’s no do­na­tion that’s too small.”

Muchetu urged peo­ple to treat Man­qoba’s is­sue with ur­gency say­ing the nine month old baby’s liver could fail to func­tion any­time from now.

So far, com­pa­nies such as Udine, Hawk­flight, Bak­ers Inn, Buy and Build, Mi­mosa Mine, Devine As­sign­ments, Bonsa Spar, Hill­side Dams, 3D Events and Boom City have chipped in through cash and kind.

Af­ter the spon­sored walk, artistes will hold a Save Man­qoba bash at Harts­field Tshisa Nyama where Cal_Vin, Nk­wali, Khuliyo, Djembe Monks, and Donna N will take to the stage with 3D Event DJs Crayzee Black and Liz.

For more de­tails about the walk, peo­ple can call Muchetu on 09-888871-5 or email her at robin.

Those ac­tive on so­cial me­dia have been urged to sup­port the cause by us­ing the #SaveMan­qoba hash tag each time they post about Man­qoba.

Also, those who will not be able to be part of the walk but want to as­sist baby Man­qoba may get in touch with her mother – Shamiso on +263772935224 or de­posit any amount to the bank­ing de­tails be­low: Name: Shamiso Yikoniko Bank: FBC Bank Branch: FBC Cen­tre Ac­count Num­ber: 3070070770125.

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