Kaakie engages orphans in Zimbabwe ahead of HIFA Concert
Multiple award-winning female Ghanaian Dancehall Diva; Kaakie is one of the key artistes headlining the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) this year along with fellow rapper, Manifest themed, ‘Articulate’.
The theme of this year’s event is a key word chosen to create the platform for artistes to engage their audience more directly than just presenting them with music and entertainment.
In line with this, Kaakie along with Buffalo and Gupsy (both strong dancehall acts from Zimbabwe), paid a call on the Chinyaradzo Children’s Home (a place of comfort) – one of the orphanages that houses less privileged and streets kids in Harare.
Dancehall Queen Kaakie, in her keen address to the orphans entreated them to take their education seriously irrespective of their talents; “your dignity comes with your integrity. You have a dignity to protect and to protect that dignity you need to respect yourself. It starts with self respect.”
Adding, “you all here have equal opportunities; don’t underestimate yourselves because nobody knows tomorrow. Nobody can stop you from becoming what you should become unless you stop yourself.”
“Let God empower you and ten you out in the effort to get there,” Kaakie intimated.
Zimbabwean dancehall heavyweight, Buffalo, who lives in South Africa was in his address to the kids said, “anyone of us here is not less. Everybody is blessed. Whatever talent you have, you should always remember God comes first – you can’t do anything without God, you gotta out God first.”
“Some of us couldn’t get higher education so somewhere along the way we found it a bit difficult so all of you here need to take education seriously,” he added.
Gupsy, another notable Zimbabwean act billed to perform along with Kaakie and Buffalo on the ‘Dancehall Night’ of HIFA also took his turn to advise the orphans.
The caretaker of the Chinyaradzo Children’s Home in Highfield, Harare (Zimbabwe), Madam Irene, thanked the artistes for taking time off their schedule to come talk to the students.
HIFA is a 6-day annual festival and workshop Programme that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival of theatre, dance, performance, fashion, spoken word and visual arts.
HIFA has been running consistently since 1999, and in its 16th year this 2015. The festival in 2015 is an opportunity for artistes, implementing partners and audiences to think creatively, to express ideas clearly, and to communicate a powerful artistic vision.
Editor’s Note: A submitted piece by Author/ HighGrade Family Publicist, Elorm Beenie.