All is set for the Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home, an online concert that will feature the biggest names in African music along with global superstar presenters to celebrate Africa Day.
The concert happening Monday May 25 is presented by YouTube & ViacomCBS Networks Africa in partnership with Idris Elba.
The 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 list of performers includes 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) and FALLY IPUPA (DRC).
Others are 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) and 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) will also perform.
According to MultiChoice Uganda, the show aims to entertain viewers at home and 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 Uganda General Manager, Hassan Saleh.
Hosted by Hollywood superstar Idris Elba, the star-studded show will also feature special appearances from comedian Trevor Noah and South African legendary singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
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 encouragement for organisations and individuals to contribute towards fundraising through The World Food Programme and UNICEF campaign website.