Online Africa Day benefit concert to raise funds for UNICEF and WFP




DStv and GOtv subscribers have an opportunity to celebrate Africa Day today – Monday, May 25, 2020. The “Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home” presented by YouTube and ViacomCBS Networks Africa in partnership with Idris Elba will feature the biggest names in African music along with global superstar presenters to celebrate Africa Day.

The Africa Day Benefit Concert At Homewill be a 2-hour special that will broadcast to millions of viewers in Africa and around the world on MTV and BET at 21:00 CAT.

The two-hour special aims to not only entertain viewers at home but also to raise funds that will support food and health needs for children and families in Africa affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All proceeds pre and post the virtual concert will be directed to the World Food Programme and UNICEF who have joined forces in support of those most impacted by COVID-19.

“We are excited to celebrate Africa month as a continent, and there is no better way to celebrate our beautiful and vibrant continent than with music, the one universal language. Viewers can enjoy their favourite artist in the comfort of their home,” says MultiChoice MD Nancy Matimu.

The humanitarian concert will feature star-studded special appearances from Trevor Noah and performances from African legends Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ismael Lo together with some of the most talented artists across the continent, including Burna Boy, Bebe Cool, Tiwa Savage, Sho Madjozi, Davido, AKA and Tiwa Savage with newly announced performances from Drizilik, James Bks, Wavy Boy Smith and more who are uniting to commemorate Africa Day and provide hope and inspiration during COVID-19.

The benefit concert will also have African musical legend, Yvonne Chaka Chaka together with Rita Ora, Richard Mofe Damijo, Masai Ujiri, Amadou Fall, Francis Ngannou, Pearl Thusi, Nelson Freitas, Boity Thulo, Eliud Kipchoge, Bonang Matheba, Timi Dakolo, Anika Noni Rose, Cobhams, Skepta, Wale, Jidenna, Serge Ibaka and French Montana with previously announced African and International stars who are all adding their messages of support.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of many and disrupted economic activity, increasing the threat to food security and children’s survival and wellbeing. All funds raised from the concert will be donated to UNICEF and the World Food Programme to support COVID-19 affected communities in Africa. The benefit concert will be made available after Africa Day to continue encouraging organisations and individuals to contribute towards fundraising through the World Food Programme and UNICEF campaign. 

The full list of stars, artists, humanitarian champions and personalities that you can expect to see at the historic Africa Day Benefit Concert at Home includes:

Performers:

Adekunle Gold (Nigeria), Afro B (UK), AKA (South Africa), Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Bebe Cool (Uganda), Burna Boy (Nigeria), Busiswa (South Africa), C4 Pedro (Angola), Davido (Nigeria), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Drizilik (Sierra Leone), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Ismael Lo (Senegal), James BKS (France), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (South Africa), M.anifest (Ghana), Nandy (Tanzania), Nasty C (South Africa), Ndlovu Youth Choir (South Africa), Niniola (Nigeria), Reekado Banks (Nigeria), Rema (Nigeria), Salif Keita (Mali), Sauti Sol (Kenya), Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Stonebwoy (Ghana), Teni (Nigeria), Timi Dakolo (Nigeria), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Toofan (Togo), Wavy Boy Smith (UK) and Yemi Alade (Nigeria).

Contributors

Adesua Etomi-Wellington (Nigeria), Amadou Fall (Senegal), Anele Mdoda (South Africa), Ange Eric Nguessan (Ivory Coast), Anika Noni Rose (USA), Anthony Hamilton (USA), Banky W (Nigeria), Boity (South Africa), Bonang Matheba (South Africa), Brian J White (USA), DJ Cuppy (Nigeria), DJ Fresh (South Africa), Douglas Lwanga (Uganda), Dr Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde (Nigeria), Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya), Falz (Nigeria), Francis Ngannou (Cameroon), French Montana (USA), Irene TTYA (UK), Jidenna (USA), Kida Kudz (UK), Ludacris (USA), Maphorisa & Kabza de Small (South Africa), Mark Angel (Nigeria), Masai Ujiri (UK), Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde), Nomzamo Mbatha (South Africa), Not3s (UK), Omari Hardwick (USA), Pearl Thusi (South Africa), Rita Ora (UK), RMD (Nigeria), Robbie (UK), Rotimi (USA), Sean Paul (USA), Serge Ibaka (Congo), Seun Kuti (Nigeria), TBO Touch (South Africa), Toke Makinwa (Nigeria), Trevor Noah (South Africa/US), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Winston Duke (USA), Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa) and Zozibini Tunzi (South Africa).

Viewers can also follow the Africa Day Benefit Concert at Home on Monday, May 25 at 21:00 CAT across MTV Base (DStv channel 322 and GOtv 72), BET Africa (DStv channel 129 and GOtv Channel 21) and at 23:00 CAT on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) channels.

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