Sazi Gcaba is one of 20 opera singers from around the world who have been chosen to participate in a production called Artist For Peace, which is aimed at raising funds for the crisis in Ukraine.
The proceeds of the production will go to reputable organisations that are providing humanitarian aid to victims of the conflict, which has left thousands of Ukrainians homeless and deprived of their homeland as a result of Russia’s invasion.
Opera company Opera Cecilia invited young emerging opera artists across the globe to audition for its digital benefit concert and Gcaba (23) – a music student at the University of Fort Hare in East London, Eastern Cape – made the cut.
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Last year, he emerged as the winner of the Voices of SA International Opera online competition in the Under-22 category.
“It feels great to be recognised internationally, and I believe this platform will enrich my profile as a South African artist.” Gcaba said:
He began singing in primary school, when he joined the school choir.
“I remember how I used to hate this kind of music, but my English teacher saw something in me. I must say I am glad I listened to her as opera music has opened a lot of doors for me, and I believe I am still going very far.”
Opera Cecilia says it wants to help the people of Ukraine in the best way it knows.
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“The Opera Cecilia team is heartbroken at the events happening overseas and we want to help in the best way we know how through the expression of our art. Artists For Peace, a benefit concert, is produced with the support of @360ofopera to raise funds for victims of the war.”
All concert proceeds will be directed to GlobalGiving, a non-profit organisation based in the US, and its Ukraine crisis relief fund.
“GlobalGiving is a highly reputable and top-rated charitable organisation whose mission is to transform aid and philanthropy to accelerate community led change.” The company said in a statement:
The digital concert is set to premiere on April 29 and donors can contribute however much they can. Details on where to access the concert and to donate will be communicated closer to the time.