Joe Nina to perform at Durban’s Bat Centre

2010-12-21 00:00

JOE Nina, the 2010 South African Music Award winner for best alternative African album Unchained, and known for hits like Maria Podesta (Ding Dong) in the 90s, will be performing at the Bat Centre in Durban at 8 pm on Friday, accompanied by The Green Berets.

Born Makhosini Henry Xaba, Nina was confined to a wheelchair in 2000 following a serious accident that almost cost him his life. The incident made him aware of the need for social advocacy for people with disabilities and to initiate a multi-faceted campaign for people with disabilities in wider society.

This campaign has included tours with legends from the entertainment industry, like Steve Kekana, Babsy Mlangeni, Benny Palime and the late Stompie Mavi, all of whom have varying degrees of disability.

Nina’s social activism and his strong sense of disability awareness have also inspired the new song Awuyeke, which appears on his new album, The Greatest Hits, recorded with The Green Berets — a collective of nine tenors and baritones on crutches led by Mhlonipheni Gumede, who were all students at the Manson Lincoln Special School for students with disabilities in Umlazi. Awuyeke was also chosen as the theme song for the 2010 16 Days of Activism for no Violence against Women and Children campaign.

Tickets are R100 at Computicket and R150 at the door. — Arts Editor.

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