Mu­sic fes­ti­val to en­cour­age men to unite against vi­o­lence


The Man and Boy Foun­da­tion (MBF) will on Sat­ur­day host the first ever “Male Mu­sic Fes­ti­val” in KwaBhaca, where only male artists will per­form.

The main ob­jec­tive of this an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val is to mo­bilise male artists from dif­fer­ent mu­sic gen­res across the coun­try to unite against so­cial ills such as gen­der­based vi­o­lence. Women are also wel­come to at­tend the event.

MBF di­rec­tor Nku­l­uleko Nx­esi said the fes­ti­val will pro­vide a plat­form for all male artists to de­nounce and fight so­cial ills.

“Most im­por­tantly, male artists on an an­nual ba­sis will par­tic­i­pate in an event that raises aware­ness against so­cial ills, in­clud­ing gen­der-based vi­o­lence, sub­stance abuse, crime, il­le­gal tra­di­tional ini­ti­a­tion and oth­ers.”

He said the in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val will be at the Town Hall in KwaBhaca start­ing from 10am to 7pm. The en­trance fee is R50.

“Artists will visit a chil­dren’s home in KwaBhaca be­fore the be­gin­ning of the fes­ti­val as part of mo­bil­is­ing male artists and men in gen­eral in sup­port­ing abused and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren,” said Nx­esi.

This event is part of MBF’s ac­tiv­i­ties in the buildup to the 16 days of ac­tivism against women and chil­dren abuse. Pro­ceeds raised at the con­cert will be used in the fight against gen­der-based vi­o­lence pro­grammes.

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