Charity event to raise funds for the underprivileged

Michael Mtukudzi and Mariahann Brown.

A Valentine’s charity event to raise funds for underprivileged schoolchildren in Hout Bay will be held in Hangberg on Saturday February 18.

The concert, which will feature local artists and performers, kicks off at 2pm.

It is the brainchild of popular soul songstress Mariahann Brown, who for the past two years has sponsored Sentinel Primary School with stationery out of her own pocket.

“I previously worked in the fishing industry, and a few years ago started a music career as a soul and jazz artist,” she said.

“I have built up a local fan base, and I thought I could use my connections to bring a few entertainers together for this event. I have always had a great desire to sponsor the school, particularly since I know things aren’t what they used to be in terms of how much money people take home.”

She said it was heartbreaking to see some youngsters going to school without shoes, and that was the impetus she needed to stage the Valentine’s event.

To make the occasion even more enjoyable, the concert will take place at Texas Waterfront Park “with a magnificent view of the mountains and boats on the sea”. The event is aimed at people of all ages, and on the bill are Zimbabwean rapper Xmunn, R&B artist Warren Love, Ms Brown herself, Delft gospel singer Naomi, entertainer Michael Mtukudzi, Malawian singer D7 and Khayelitsha kwaito dancers Bulldozer and Shive. DJs Toolz and Mario Fink will also be on the decks, while a one-hour open-mic session will also give Hout Bay locals the opportunity to show off their hidden talents.

Mr Mtukudzi, who works at Ice Dream ice-creams, said staff had also come on board to support the charity event.

The theme for the day is “red and white” and a prize will be offered to the best dressed couple.Guests are asked to take their own camping chairs and tables.

Tickets are R80 a couple, and can be obtained by calling Mariahann Brown at 061 900 3913; Michael Mtukudzi at 061 858 6063 or Marilyn Brown at 061 828 3814.