South African baritone, Njabulo Madlala.
Internationally acclaimed baritone, Njabulo Madlala, hopes that you will help change the lives of underprivileged South Africans by supporting his concert in September.
South African baritone, Njabulo Madlala.
Njabulo Madlala hails from Inanda, a poor township just outside of Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. As a young boy he was inspired by his grandmother’s love of music. He has fought against all odds and is now one of the country’s most well known opera singers.
I have had the privilege of hearing Njabulo perform on a number of occasions and each time I am transported back to more than a decade ago where, on one beautiful Christmas morning, I experienced the sound of a Zulu chorus as it rang out across the lush green hills surrounding Inanda dam.
On Tuesday 8th September 2015 Njabulo will be performing A South African Songbook: sounds for hope and progress at St. James’ Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL, London. His performance will include opera, classical and South African favourites including Shosholoza and The Click Song.
All funds raised from this event will support the incredible work of the following charities:
Amazwi Omzansi Africa Trust was founded by non other than Njabulo himself. With knowledge of the hidden vocal and musical talent in South Africa and an understanding of his own struggles growing up in a township, Njabulo has created a platform to discover and nurture young classical artists from underprivileged backgrounds. Njabulo is a grounded man with a strong sense of pride in where he came from and what he has achieved and he hopes to bring that joy to other young people’s lives.
Starfish Greathearts Foundation does an incredible job of helping to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS. Approximately 450 children are orphaned in South Africa on a daily basis, mostly due to this pandemic. Starfish supports community-based projects across the country thereby empowering individuals and groups to bring about change and the results of this holistic approach are clearly visible.
One to One Children’s fund works in a number of countries including South Africa. Currently they are running an ART (antiretroviral) support programme in the Eastern Cape. The project’s overall objective is to reduce mother to child transmission of the HIV virus to two percent however it has a far-reaching impact through the support of approximately 5,000 HIV+ children, training for community workers and nurses, a nutrition programme to establish more than 5,000 vegetable gardens as well as adolescent care and outreach.
Foodbank South Africa plays a three-fold role. They not only rescue food otherwise destined for landfill that is still edible but they also help prevent hunger and malnutrition for tens of thousands of South Africans and support community-based entrepreneurial produce growing projects. Although South Africa produces enough food to fulfil each citizen’s nutritional requirements on a daily basis, approximately one quarter of the population are food insecure which means they do not know where their next meal is coming from.
Topsy Foundation focusses on education to empower social and economic development in townships across Mpumulanga. Their home based care project ensures community workers visit those who cannot access healthcare and ensure such individuals receive basic nursing and counselling support. Topsy also assists with prevention of child headed households and homes where families cannot cope with too many members and too little income through their orphaned and vulnerable children project.
Afrika Tikkun envisions a South Africa where every child in a township has a sustainable future. Their cradle to career model has three core stages of ensuring each child has access to fundamental and holistic development. They also run a programme to provide support for children with disabilities and their families among other projects. Afrika Tikkun has created over 600 jobs and reaches 19,500 beneficiaries, including children and families, on a monthly basis.
To purchase tickets: http://southafricansongbook.brownpapertickets.com
To find out more about Njabulo please visit his website: http://www.njabulomadlala.com