EVELINE DE KLERK
South African award-winning songstress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, is recording a song in Walvis Bay with the Walvis Sunshine Centre, which cares for about 108 disabled and mentally challenged children at the town.
The songstress jetted in on Sunday to attend Namibia’s first National AIDS Conference, as one of the invited guests, after performing in London over the weekend.
Chaka Chaka shortly after delivering her speech on Monday in Swakopmund availed herself to the Sunshine Centre alongside her son, who is also her producer, Themba Mhinga, to start recording the song.
According to Chaka Chaka, the song will be included on the album she is currently working on.
The song, which is titled ‘Growing Up in Mondesa’, (translated from Oshiwambo) is written by Gerson Mwatile, a well-known Walvis Bay artist and music teacher, who dedicates his time to teaching music at the centre.
Mwatile’s arrangements and songs done with the children of the centres are what caught the eye of Chaka Chaka in June during her first visit to the centre, whereby she promised to come back and record with the children
“I will make the song just as famous as my hit song, ‘I’m in Love with a DJ’. And the children will have a chance to perform with me.
With this song, I want to show the world that anything is possible regardless of your circumstances or who you are and music is a universal language that can say it much better,” she explained.
She then said that all the proceeds of the song will go towards the Sunshine Centre.
“They are special children that need love and care just like any other child. God made them too, thus we should look at them like any other child.
Mwatile, on his part, said it is indeed a humbling and once in a lifetime experience to work with a renowned artist whose music is known across borders. “I am happy that I am part of it and thankful to Yvonne Chaka Chaka for giving me the opportunity to work with her,” he said. One of the kids, Poppy Sagarie, who sang alongside the songstress, told New Era that she is happy that the songstress came back. We are happy that we will be touring with her. She is going to make us famous, Sagarie said.