An African Peace Concert will be held on 3 December 2013 at the Zen in Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg to welcome ‘orphaned’ Mali’s Festival au Desert (Festival in the Desert), which found a ‘house of exile’ at the Emthonjeni Arts Centre in South Africa.
A number of Malian famous musicians are due to feature at this show of solidarity and brotherhood, alongside South African artists, such as hip-hop singer and songwriter Mrejo.
The Malian musicians include Cheick Siriman Sissoko, Ahmed Ag Kaedi (the founder of Tuareg guitar band Amanar), Djibril Djiré, Issa Samake, Zoumana Tereta and Sadio Sidibé.
These musicians are also due to take part at the two-week long residency to be held at the Emthonjeni Arts Centre in Hamburg in the Eastern Cape province.
Entrance to the concert is free, the organisers said this week, adding that the event is being held as a celebration to share with South Africans the music from northern Mali.
It also aims to create awareness and raise funds for the Malians musicians’ visit, and to support the logistics of the Africans for Africa (AFA) network.
“This project has been driven by the passion of the Africans for Africa Network,” cultural activist Vanessa Perumal said in a statement.
“We urgently need to raise funds the concert is free and open to everyone on 3 December to ensure we share Africa’s cultural heritage and the African narrative seldom told in African media,” Perumal added.
Photo: Malian musicians Sadio Sidibé and Baba Salah. Credit: Le-bema.com