Chaka Chaka: African artistes need one united song like MJ

Mama Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Africa music princess and South African icon Yvonne Chaka Chaka says she wants the continent’s biggest artistes to come together and compose a song like Michael Jackson did.

“We Are the World” is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa in 1985.

Chaka Chaka who will be performing at a charity concert organised by Shule Foundation tomorrow at Kampala Serena. All proceeds will fund a unique educational faculty.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka with Karitas Karisimbi

Addressing press on Thursday morning, Chaka Chaka said: “I would love for us to have different African artistes come together to do a Michael Jackson “We Are The World” kind of project but put it in mind that it requires financing. It is not easy to get all those musicians at the same time.”

“We are the world” was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie (with arrangements by John Barnes) and produced by Quincy Jones for the album We Are the World.

With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 30 all-time physical singles to have sold at least 10 million copies worldwide.

Yvonne talking to press Thursday morning


Chaka Chaka said she is happy to be in Uganda and happy to be part of an African cause.

“Right now I am dressed up all African. This jewellery I am wearing was done by the lady seated to my left. She is Ugandan.”

“Imagine these were done by the children that we want to take off the street. What would happen if we gave these children a better opportunity? It is time for us to act and I am here to make that happen.”

The music princess apologised to the youth for the wrongs of the elders.

“That is why I am now doing what I am doing.”

Yvonne addresses press

She said to give back to society shows that life is about giving. She thanked Shule Foundation for giving her this opportunity.

“Charity begins at home. You should support your own. Support me as much as you support your artistes. Get these children off the streets. Support them as much as you can. Come for the concert to support these young talents.”

Chaka Chaka recalled that she grew up in a poor family.

“My dad passed on when I was little. My mum went on to work in a white family and provided for me. I have always wanted to give back to the community. It is an African thing to give back.”



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