Top stars billed for concert to benefit ailing Busi Mhlongo

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Maskandi icon Busi Mhlongo, who is recovering from an illness, stands to benefit from a concert that aims to assist musicians.

The event will be held on Sunday.

Mhlongo will be joined on stage by leading South African artists Gloria Bosman, Max Mntambo, Judith Sephuma, Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa Mazwai, Ringo Madlingozi, Sibongile Khumalo, Siphokazi and Zuluboy.

Dubbed the Vuka Sizwe Benefit Concert: Honouring Busi Mhlongo, this project "An SABC Green Revolution Project", will take place at Old Joburg Park Station, Newtown Precinct, corner Miriam Makeba and Carr streets.

The concert will honour Mhlongo, the African queen, lady of song, vocal powerhouse, musical maestro and Durban-born diva, who is currently battling breast cancer and will be celebrating her 60th birthday.

The Vuka Sizwe Benefit Concert will be broadcast live on SABC2 at 8pm, and coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The initiative was given further impetus by courtesy visit an SABC delegation headed, by chief executive Dali Mpofu, paid Mhlongo. The diva is said to have asked Mpofu to make sure the initiative happend as soon as possible.

On his return Mpofu assigned Sipho Sithole, the SABC's head of group strategy and risk management, to lead the project.

A former Gallo Music deputy chief executive, Sithole has experience in the music industry.

Mpofu commented: "As the custodian of South Africa's cultural expressions and tradition, the SABC is committed to the creation of a strong and viable music industry and economic independence for musicians.

"The Vuka Sizwe Benefit Concert is a series of initiatives under the SABC Green Revolution Campaign that will see the SABC taking an active role in, among other issues, the creation of a platform for the development of music across all genres, and the provision of a platform for the identification, development and nurturing of talent across all genres and stars of music.

"Through this benefit concert, we will also seek to raise funds for charitable causes that will create cancer awareness and continue the fight against this dreaded disease, especially among women."