RAHU, Talent Africa And Artists In Anti-Aids Campaign

Artists from L-R; Hip Hop kingpin GNL Zamba, Maurice Hassa, Young Zee and producer D-King.
Artists from L-R; Hip Hop kingpin GNL Zamba, Maurice Hassa, Young Zee and producer D-King are teaming up to fight the HIV/AIDS Scourge.

Uganda gained world wide fame in the 1990s and early 2000s for its commendable reduction in HIV/AIDS prevalence rates. However, the recent years have seen a steady jump in the rates.

Now, local NGO, Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) in partnership with Talent Africa, last Tuesday launched a campaign in which they will work with a string of local artist to promote various messages on sexual reproductive health and rights and reverse the rise in the scourge’s prevalence rates.

The project is funded by Rutgers WPF under the ASK ALLIANCE.

The launch of this project took place at the plush Kabira Country Club in Bukoto, a Kampala suburb.

Talent Africa's Ali Alibhai (C in cap) with the artists.
Talent Africa’s Ali Alibhai (in cap) with the artists at the workshop. Right is UNFPA’s Christine.

The musical project is intended to inspire and encourage young people take care of their health by practicing safer sexual behavior, making informed choices and choosing to be responsible citizens and make a change in their communities.

10 local musicians including; Irene Ntale, Ray Signature, Big Trill, GNL, Maurice Hassa, Nyanda, Jodi, Airport taxi, Young Zee and Cindy are to record and produce 4 songs and a documentary based on themes that are collectively developed.

RAHU team leader Humphrey Nabimanyi (L) and Talent Africa's Ali at the workshop.
RAHU team leader Humphrey Nabimanyi (L) and Talent Africa’s Ali at the workshop.

Most of the artists above attended the launch at Kabira with an exception of Irene Ntale, Cindy and Jamaican sensation Nyanda.

Their place in society as role models was identified as key in pushing the message.

One of the Key activities in this project will be distribution of condoms. A total of 1,000,000 condoms will be distributed to young people to protect them against sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS. The condoms will be supplied by UNFPA.

The artists were taken through rigorous but friendly training to ensure they are conversant with the message they will be preaching.
The artists were taken through rigorous but friendly training to ensure they are conversant with the message they will be preaching.

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