Windhoek - Top African artists joined a star studded line up of international musicians this past Saturday in the historic One World: Together at Home livestreamed benefit concert.
The virtual concert organised by Global Citizen and co-organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Lady Gaga, featured energetic as well as intimate performances by DJ Black Coffee, Sho Madjozi, Cassper Nyovest and Grammy Awards nominee, Burna Boy, who all showcased from their respective homes as they self-isolated during this Covid-19 crisis.
First to open up the African act was DJ Black Coffee, together with Delilah Montagu, who performed the international hit Drive and they gave a stellar performance. Speaking of the event, Black Coffee said, "What an honour to join these incredible artists while supporting a cause that touches us all immensely. Frontline workers need our support, that's why I'm standing in solidarity with Global Citizen and World Health Organisation (WHO)!".
Next inline was Cassper Nyovest. Mufasa, as he is affectionately known to his fans, sang a cover of Harambe by the late South African and Motswako hip hop pioneer and legend, Hip Hop Pantsula, better known as HHP. Before performing it, he said, "This is a cover of a song that was written by a very great man, Jabulani Tsambo. Us, his fans, know him as HHP. The title of the song is Harambe which means pull together, which is what we need the world to do right now." Nyovest then went on to perform a heartfelt and intimate rendition of the song.
Not to be outdone, Sho Madjozi followed up with an energetic and spirited performance. The talented pop star is now synonymous with electric performances and did not disappoint as she belted Good Over Here.
Prior to her display, Sho Madjozi was introduced by the vivacious South African actress and human rights activist, Nomzamo Mbatha. Nomzamo said her foundation, Lighthouse will be donating R1.5 million towards the Covid-19 relief. The money will go to various NGOs, impoverished households as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation which is currently the Each One Feed One campaign.
Anchoring for the African representatives on the global stage was Nigerian music maestro, Burna Boy. Wearing a grey top and slacks, the singer and songwriter performed two songs, African Giant and Hallelujah. While serenading the world, he also brought attention to some of the measures that Africans were taking to protect themselves and their communities amid the Covid-19 pandemic, as images of citizens being tested with infrared thermometers, employing sanitization methods in public spaces and setting up of food markets appeared on a screen.
Other notable global entertainers and renowned personalities who took part in the concert are Lupita Nyong'o, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Danai Gurira.
The aim of the benefit concert was to support and applaud health workers on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19. Global Citizen said the eight-hour online concert raised US$127.9 million in donations.
The Director General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said, "We may have to be apart physically for a while, but we can still come together virtually to enjoy great music. The One World: Together at Home concert represents a powerful show of solidarity against a common threat."