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Yeoville parties for Africa Print E-mail
20 May 2011

The African diaspora will be pulling out all the stops in Yeoville to celebrate Africa Day. Think poetry, music and football.

YEOVILLE will be a frenzy of activity this weekend as different nationalities converge to celebrate their diversity ahead of Africa Day.

 

Blancho
Blancho du Pouvoir
The celebration will take place at Yeoville Recreation Centre on Saturday, 21 May from 11am to 5pm. It is organised by the African Diaspora Forum and Community Media for Development Productions (CFMD).

 

“Migrants experience discrimination and xenophobia on a daily basis,” says the forum’s chairman, Marc Gbaffou. “But Africa Week and this event are a way to celebrate diversity and remind us that we are all together on this continent.”

Africa Day is celebrated across the continent each year on 25 May to mark the founding of the Organisation of African Unity, the forerunner of the African Union, in 1963.

Yeoville is a cultural melting pot, with people from many African countries making their homes in the eastern Joburg suburb.

This year, festivities will include a diverse selection of pan-African music. Not to be missed is the Mozambican group, Sigauque Project. Also on the cards are Congolese musicians, Marco Don K1st and Blancho du Pouvoir, local reggae musician, Lion Silver Dread, Blue Boy Pantsula and Seeds of Light.

Renowned Poet to the Nation, Zolani Mkiva, will also perform. He is one of the youngest practitioners of one of the oldest oral traditions in Africa kubonga, or praise singing.

 

Soccer
A soccer tournament will take place at Yeoville Boys Primary School
According to the CMFD’s spokesperson, Deborah Walter, music provides a powerful medium for change. “Music brings people together and helps them understand and enjoy each other’s culture,” she adds.

 

Different nationalities will compete in a soccer tournament, taking place from 8am to 11am at Yeoville Boys Primary School. Among them will be people from South Africa, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria.

Ikani Cyprian, a member of the African Diaspora Forum, points out that the soccer match will foster good relations among all Africans living in the community.

“Soccer helps bring people together to celebrate their diversity,” he explains. “It is a chance to celebrate African unity.”

Organisations serving migrant interests will also be present to provide information on everything from xenophobia to health services. For further information about the event contact Medard Abenge on 011 487 0269 or 072 153 0176. Yeoville Recreation Centre is at number 36 Raleigh Street.

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