SOUTH AFRICAN SOLIDARITY CONCERT TO FIGHT HUNGER
Rome, February 28, 2002 - Against a backdrop of acute food shortages in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe and an alert from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of a growing food emergency across southern Africa, musical artists and performers from across the continent are converging on Johannesburg, South Africa, to lend their support and to contribute their talents to the fight against hunger.
They are gathering under
FAO's TeleFood campaign banner for the South African
Solidarity Concert. The aim of this concert, as with all
TeleFood supported events, is to reach out and raise awareness
of world hunger and to mobilize resources for hundreds of
hunger-fighting projects. FAO launched the TeleFood Campaign in
response to the 1996 World Food Summit resolution to halve the
world's hungry by the year 2015. To date, more than 1,000
hunger-fighting microprojects all over the world, in developing
countries as well as in countries in transition, are financed by
TeleFood funds. The South African Solidarity Concert, the first
major TeleFood event of 2002, is scheduled to take place in
Johannesburg's FNB Football Stadium from 18:00 on 2 March
to 06:00 the following morning.
Audio Clip 1:
FAO Director-General, Dr. Jacques Diouf, in a special message to the people and the government of South Africa, has warmly welcome the Johannesburg TeleFood Concert as another "NO" to hunger."
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Audio Clip 2:
A press conference for the upcoming UNFAO Telefood concert was held on the 13 February 2002, at the Department of Agriculture in Pretoria, South Africa. The press conference was to inform the public about the concert, which is to be held on 02 March 2002 at South Africa's biggest stadium, the FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg. The communications coordinator for the concert, Jacqui Mofokeng, explained the importance of the concert and how it affects the public.
Duration: 38 seconds (credit: the National Community Radio Forum-NCRF-Johannesburg)
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Artists from different parts of Africa will be participating in this concert. The artists are playing the social responsibility role to contribute towards food security and the eradication of hunger. Among the artists will be Mandoza, a South African multi-award winning artist, who told us about his feeling about the concert.
Duration: 21 seconds (credit: the National Community Radio Forum-NCRF-Johannesburg)
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Another South African group that is looking forward to contribute effectively at the concert is Bongo Maffin. One of the group members Thandiswa Mazwai, represented the feeling of the group about being part of the concert.
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Audio Clip 5:
One of the artists who have been part of the Telefood concert for sometime is Angolan songster Tony Ngushi. Ngushi has effectively contributed in his country in reducing hunger and assisting with finance for development. Ronnie Makgothokgo spoke to Ngushi about his contribution to the concert.
Duration: 90 seconds (credit: the National Community Radio Forum-NCRF-Johannesburg)
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