Suzy Eises raises N$10k for charity

A tribute to Hugh Masekela has filtered through to the poor.

28 September 2018 | Art and Entertainment

Namibian jazz lovers had an opportunity to pay homage to African jazz legend and human rights activist Hugh Masekela, when award-winning artist Suzy Eises hosted a tribute show in his honour at the National Theatre of Namibia last month. The event celebrated the life and music of the iconic pioneer of jazz before, during and after exile. Eises says she did this simply because before her job as an entertainer, she is a human being.

“I believe I have a responsibility to serve the Lord's children. Wherever and whenever possible, I will continue to serve others as much as I can. I am happy and at peace when I can give to those in need. Because I have been given much, I too must give, “she said.

Eises' charity organisation which is Physically Active Youth (PAY) programme is a dynamic after-school centre in Katutura which provides a safe and nurturing learning environment for Namibian children and youth coming from disadvantaged communities. The singer said she heard about the programme through a friend who works there and the story about PAY touched her. Eises says she loves children and that she is very passionate about learning about the development of children.

The Friday singer says her show was a success as the theatre was almost full. From the event, she is able to donate N$5 000 to the children at PAY and N$5 000 to the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation in South Africa.

“It makes me glad that people supported the initiative. Through generous sponsors such as The Knowledge Foundation, Mobipay, Bank Windhoek, Avani, Air Namibia and a few supporters of my music - we were able to have the audience members up dancing near the close of the show. I really appreciated the fact that people were happy, that's most important for me,” she said.

Asked if she will host another concert in the future, she said she would and that she would love to honour all musicians and human rights activists who played a special role in her life.

Eises is currently preparing to work on new music with international musicians in 2019 and will continue her studies in music early next year in Gabon.

“I will still be performing during my three-year degree. At the moment my focus is to become the best that I can be as a musician. Training is always important. I aspire to become one of the best African musicians and so I need to pay my dues and work hard to achieve my goal,” she concluded.

June Shimuoshili

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