South African music legend PJ Powers will be performing alongside Radio & Weasel at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday 30th June 2017 in a charity concert to support the empowerment of adolescent girls in Uganda.
The concert dubbed ‘Jabulani Charity Concert’ is being organized by Girl Up Initiative Uganda, a non-profit based in Uganda, that PJ Powers was introduced to by Connie Viveros, President & Co-Founder of Inspired Heart Foundation, an investor and partner of Girl Up Initiative Uganda. The idea for this concert was seeded 5 years ago when Connie and Powers met on a cruise through Italy, Egypt and Israel.
At the stop in Alexandria, Connie and PJ went to see a famous library. When they came out, a group of young Ugandan children recognised PJ Powers and ran up to her screaming: “PJ, PJ, PJ!!” Connie said “goodness you really are known in Uganda!” This started a conversation between Powers and Connie about the potential for a charity concert in Uganda. Connie had already been working in Uganda and asked PJ if she would ever do a concert if she put it together. After teaming up with Girl Up, Monica Nyiraguhabwa and Kim Wolf, the Jabulani Charity Concert was born and is taking place exactly five years almost to the month of Connie and Power’s first exchange outside the library in Egypt.
As Powers recounts: “Life leads you on certain paths and one is driven to meet people at a certain stage in their lives. There was something special that sparked between the two of us and seeing her in Uganda was a surreal thing because this is what we’d spoken about five years ago. Just an embryo can become an absolute reality as we sit here in Kampala waiting for the show on the 30th.”
PJ Powers, otherwise known as Thandeka, is known globally for her hit song “Jabulani” and her recently released a combo-single compilation with Uganda’s own leading performers Radio & Weasel, entitled “Home to Africa”. Powers is the global ambassador for Girl Up Initiative Uganda and hopes that the charity concert can bring awareness to the issues girls face in Uganda and globally. She was most recently in Uganda in April this year to shoot the music video for “Home to Africa” (now live on YouTube) and understand the work and leadership of Girl Up Initiative Uganda. PJ Powers was inspired by the story of Girl Up’s Executive Director, Monica Nyiraguhawa: “Monica totally inspires me. A beautiful young woman coming from the slums and then going on to study at a University in London shows the possibility of any person, no matter how dire their circumstances are, can turn their life around.”
Girl Up Initiative Uganda, ED Monica Nyiraguhawa, said. “We thank PJ Powers for her continued support to Girl Up Initiative Uganda and for our partners like Connie Viveros for hatching the idea for a concert five years ago, our team members that followed up on it and the partners who had the belief to support it. The dream has become a reality. Many young Ugandan adolescent girls will be given hope for a more nurturing environment thanks to this concert.”
Girl Up Initiative Uganda, Deputy ED Kim Wolf, said. “There is no doubt that the Jabulani Charity Concert will be a magical night with PJ Powers performing live with Radio & Weasel. You won’t want to miss this one”
Tickets are still available, but going fast, for the Jabulani Charity Concert to take place at the Kampala Serena Hotel at 7:00pm this Friday the 30th of June. Tickets are 100,000/= for regular, 300,000/= for VIP and 5 million for a VIP table and are available at Shell Lugogo, Shell Bugolobi and the Kampala Serena Hotel.
The Jabulani Charity Concert is proudly sponsored by NTV, Plan International Uganda, Fenon Events, Coca Cola, Johnnie Walker, Toyota Uganda, Bank of Uganda, Sky Beach Lounge, Kampala Serena Hotel, and Mazuri Designs.
At the press conference, PJ Powers gave a powerful and heart filled speech as she shared: “I made a promise to my mum that I will always follow my words, that’s the reason to why I am here for the Jabulani Charity Concert even after losing her”.
To all our followers, we call on you to join the movement to support adolescents girls across Uganda. It’s our time to act now!
“I want to give Ugandans what they have given me in the last 20 years, we thrill so be there and don’t miss,” PJ Powers said.
Radio and Weasel promised to give their best as they perform along the legendary singer famous for songs like Jabulani, There Is An Another and many others.