Foundation conference to host ‘passionate performer’

2015-06-30 06:01
Passionate performer Jjo.

Passionate performer Jjo. Photo: supplied

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PASSIONATE songwriter, singer, recording artist and dance choreographer, Joelene Joseph, known as Jjo, was 15 when she started singing in her church.

Now the singer will be performing at the Robin Hood Foundationand#039;s and#039;Future Women of Africaand#039; conference at City Hill Church on Tuesday, 28 July and Wednesday, 29 July.

The conference is free for 1 000 previously disadvantaged delegates between the ages of 15 and 36 with the aim of inspiring and empowering, as well as igniting direction and excitement in their future.

“As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations, The Robin Hood Foundation wanted to do something substantial - something that could potentially change the lives of 1 000 young South African women who would not normally have the opportunity to attend a conference such as this,” explains Kim Griffith Jones, co-ordinator of the Robin Hood Foundation.

As a singer, song writer Jjo gets lyrically inspired by different facets of life.

“Experience, relationships, friends and family inspire me. I write about lifeand#039;s experiences and issues.

Her debut album Love With No Limits was inspired by personal experiences. In 2012 she was diagnosed with a stress-induced form of epilepsy called Left Lobe Temporal Epilepsy.

She became limited as she experienced seizures at unpredictable times and was unable to be the independent woman she once was. She was restricted from being on her own and from driving. Her children and husband were traumatised by the extent of seizures she experienced.

and#034;I couldnand#039;t be that competent mother and wife I once was and that broke my heart. Life had changed in a blink of an eye. I became depressed and felt distanced from the world. I started drawing strength daily as I began to write down my inspirations, finally understanding the purpose for my trial,and#034; explains Jjo.

and#034;I began to write about determination, courage and tenacity in life and decided that my album will be a tool to resurrect people in a dark situation. I begin to express my feelings in my lyrics, in order to bring transformation into lives with no hope.”

Jjo wants to use her music as a tool to change mind-sets and mend brokenness which is why she didnand#039;t hesitate when asked to perform at the Robin Hood Foundationand#039;s 10th anniversary focus event for 2015 - the Future Women of Africa Conference.

The conference is for women between the ages of 15 and 36. The only pre-request for delegates is that they are passionate about wanting to attend, can understand and speak English and are able to organise transport to and from the conference.

For more information, contact Kim on 076 612 9060. To apply to attend this free two-day educational conference, email for your application form

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