Africa Unites for peace

2015-05-07 06:00
Eyodidi Funeral Services boss Chris Stali is staging Africa Unite Festival in in Philippi.

Eyodidi Funeral Services boss Chris Stali is staging Africa Unite Festival in in Philippi.

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After a recent spate of xenophobic attacks in some parts of the country, music will be used to heal wounds when the Africa Unite Festival is held at the Bhongolwethu Primary School in Phillipi on Saturday.

Aptly themed “Ünity is Power” this mega concert will see 30 musical groups ranging from gospel, maskandi and traditional dancers sharing the stage.

Organised by Chris Stali, Eyodidi Funeral Services owner and former MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sports, this musical bash promised to be a humdinger.

“We have no brought togethere genres that would not ordinarily share the stage to simply drive the message that unity is power and music is a healer of wounds,” said Stali.

Star gospel singers like Sithembiso Soboyiso, Mfundo Tywaku, Chumani Ngojo,Andiswa Mzaleni and bands like African Gospel Worshipers, Holyman, Jensent Sisters, Eyodidi Gospel Singers and Angels of God to name a few will deliver power songs on the day.

Stali said he noted that local musicians were not reaping rewards of their work.

“Up and coming artists from Cape Town see no fruits in the industry. For them to succeed they have to follow in the footsteps of Brenda Fassie, Ringo Madlingozi to eke out a living in Jozi. Passionate people about their music had to move out and we have to stop this,” said Stali.

He said the Africa Unite Music Festival was born out of the need to address this problem.

“Our aim and focus is to identify and develop artists particularly in the gospel sector where we see a lot of talent,” he said.

The festival will also focus on addressing challenges facing communities like xenophobia, alcohol and drug abuse and human trafficking.

Stali said prominent speakers from community organisations, churches, councillors and government officials will attend and share their plans and experiences on matters raised.

“We have taken time to research challenges facing our youth and we hope by engaging them in stuff like music and sport we will be shaping their destinies,” he said.

Stali he had to dig deep in his pocket because he could not a sponsorship to stage this concert.

“This is my passion and hopefully next year we will have partners,” he said. The show will start at 10am and tickets the entry fee is R50

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