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The Pink Concert on cards

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LOCAL Afro-jazz musician Dereck Mpofu will be hosting the Pink Concert on January 30 at Park Lane Theatre in Harare aimed at saluting women and the girl child.

WINSTONE ANTONIO
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The concert that will feature an array of musicians, among them, Albert Nyathi, Anderson and gospel musicians Pax Gomo and Flem B will be held under the theme From We-men to Our Women”
Speaking to NewsDay, Mpofu said their objective is to celebrate the achievements of women and bring to the fore the challenges they face.

“With the Pink Concert we are looking at what it means to be a woman in the African and global context highlighting issues such as domestic violence, breast and cervical cancer, child marriage and general women empowerment,” Mpofu said.

“We believe that the Pink Concert shall be a critical platform of engagement and awareness especially when it comes to the involvement of men who at times are left out of the equation as they shall take on the role of women, to walk in their shoes for the day to honour and celebrate them as mothers, sisters, aunts and daughters.”
Mpofu said men should play a critical role as change agents and promoting women and human rights.

“Men should be active participants in the overall campaign against domestic violence, cancer prevention and general empowerment of women as opposed to passive observers,” he said.

“We are working in partnership with ZiFM and African Arts Council to highlight, promote and engage male voices in a creative manner.”
He said on the day of the concert they have a girls choir that will help to convey girl child related issues through, poetry, music and dance.

“At the concert we are expecting several speakers among them Deputy Country Representative United Nations Women Zimbabwe Revai Makanje, Eve Gadzikwa from the Standards Association of Zimbabwe, Susan Makore and Divine Ndlukula from Securico among others and we are expecting our guest of honour to come from the Ministry of women’s affairs,” Mpofu said.

Famed for his song Chisikana Changu Zimbabwe, Mpofu is also the City of Harare Ambassador who is the Goodwill Ambassador for Water Conservation and Zero Littering.

The musician has organised many philanthropic concerts that include the Green Concert which saw Zahara performing in Zimbabwe at 7 Arts Theatre, Harare, in May last year and fundraised over $6 500 towards Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims and Cultural Fiesta among other programmes.

Mpofu has used music to transmit social responsibility and positive messages in the advancement of humanity, generosity and community philanthropy that saw him being honoured with an award in philanthropy by the Philanthropic Institute of Zimbabwe for his immense contribution towards the advancement of humanity in the country in March last year.

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