Black Coffee Is on a Mission to Raise Funds for Coronavirus Relief Efforts
The South African musician is raising funds in an effort to donate a million rands to organizations fighting the COVID-19 outbreak.
DJ Black Coffee is on a mission to help raise funds for organizations fighting to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. He's already got a pretty good head-start too. Having already raised 90 000 rands (approximately USD 5000) in just five days for the government's Solidarity Fund, the South African artist wants to raise a total of 1 million rands (approximately USD 55 000), according to reports by TimesLIVE.
Speaking about his efforts to help in the fight against the spread of coronavirus in South Africa, Black Coffee says the following in a recent statement:
"I couldn't have found a better use for my music and my craft than use it to help fellow South Africans who in the spirit of Thuma Mina, have stood with the president, stayed home and stayed safe. At a time of great uncertainty, I'm inspired by the resilience and commitment of South Africans. After weeks of isolation and reflecting, I've decided that I will commit to a residency of livestream sessions... while fundraising and building awareness to aid different charities. These foundations along with you and I are together in the fight against Covid-19, healing our loved ones, supporting the medical staff on the frontline and empowering freedom to live our lives to the fullest once again."
South Africa's Solidarity Fund was established shortly before the country began its 21-day national lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that government would seed 150 million rands (approximately USD 8.2 million) as part of efforts to support vulnerable South Africans and curb the spread of the coronavirus. South Africa's two wealthiest families, the Oppenheimers and De Beers, have already donated a billion rand each (approximately USD 59 million) to the fund.
The country, which is currently on day-13 of its lockdown, has a total of 1749 confirmed coronavirus cases with 13 reported deaths at the moment.
In music news, Black Coffee's Soulistic Agency will be presenting a lockdown edition of "Africa Is Not A Jungle"––the tour which has seen the musician performing across South Africa and other parts of the continent including Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola and Uganda.
Additionally, Global Citizen also announced that it would be hosting its upcoming "One World: Together at Home" concert featuring Burna Boy and Idris Elba among several other artists and celebrities. The concert aims to raise funds to support healthcare workers amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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