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African musicians unite against Xenophobia

Different African artists including South Africans are staging an inspiring and entertaining coalition against the spate of xenophobic attacks – the mad destruction of the lives and properties of foreigners living in South Africa; an aberration that spread like wildfire in the last week.

The new Africa Against Ebola and Xenophobia rendition of “We Are The World” featured 180 musicians from seven African countries (Cameroon, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe).

The song debuted at the 2014 MTN Radio Awards on 18 April. Organisers of the awards have called on radio stations to broadcast the song as an act of solidarity against xenophobia in South Africa.

The organisers said: “It features 180 artists from across the African continent and is a demonstration of the beautiful music that Africans can make when we work together.”

Also an anti-xenophobia song by about 30 musicians from around Africa was launched on Friday 24 April in South Africa.Artists such as Mzwakhe Mbuli, Solly Moholo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala and Zahara teamed up after being tasked by the Department of Arts and Culture to produce a song against the scourge of xenophobic attacks.

Seven lives have been lost since the xenophobic violence broke out last week. Hundreds of others have also been displaced. Speaking on SAFM AM Live show, Mbuli says people cannot commit barbarism and human slaughter in their name.

He says the song highlights the artists detest towards xenophobia.

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum, Marc Gbaffou says through the anti-xenophobia march in Johannesburg on Thursday, the majority of South Africans demonstrated that they are not xenophobic and they are concerned about the attacks.

Thirdly, MegaGospel, a concert in its fifth edition, having rested awhile, will feature several award-winning artists at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria, Lynwood on May 2. The event aims to unify gospel artists as well as present a common voice against the recent xenophobic killings in the country.

“We have always stood for unity amongst gospel artists via this event, but the fans form a larger part of our events and hence we wish to extend this unity to them as well, thus our support to the #NoToXenophobia campaign,” the event organisers said.
The artists include Kahludi the Gentleman, from DStv’s Idols SA and SABC’s I Want To Sing Gospel season 6, where he was one of the finalists. Joining him will be Mabongi Mabaso, a multi-talented Ingoma and SABC Crown Gospel Awards winner. She was also a nominee in the African Gospel Music Awards and recently featured on Ntokozo’s live DVD recording in Johannesburg.
Also part of the line-up will be Bongi and Collin, the SAMA award and Crown Gospel award-winning husband and wife duo. This will be their first performance on SA soil after returning from their USA tour where they performed at the SXSW conference and festival, arguably the largest music festival of its kind in the world. Completing the line-up will be Just 6, a cappella group.

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