African music stars Ice Prince, Dama Do Bling, Maurice Kirya, Alikiba and Wangechi unite for Peace One Day, to release Coca-Cola Peace Anthem on Peace Day 21 September 2015
The first-ever Peace Day Anthem will premiere at the Peace One Day Youth Celebration in Kigali, Rwanda on 21 September 2015 in front of thousands of young people and beamed live into Rwanda and the world on the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) network.
The anthem, written by musician Zwai Bala and produced by Coke Studio Africa, is hoped to inspire a generation of young people to celebrate Peace Day as a catalyst for sustainable peace in the region. The anthem will be performed by top artists of the African music industry Ice Prince (Nigeria), Dama Do Bling (Mozambique), Maurice Kirya (Uganda), Alikiba (Tanzania) and Wangechi (Kenya), who will be joined by leading dance groups Krest Crew and Jabba Junior, and artists Innoss’B, Urban Boyz, and Knowless on the day.
The Peace Day Anthem will be available on iTunes from 21 September 2015; all proceeds will go to the non-profit organisation Peace One Day to support its mission to reach three billion people with the message of Peace Day by 2016, with the hash tag #PeaceDay central to the social campaign encouraging widespread action on the day, being a key tool towards achieving that goal.
The Peace One Day Youth Celebration 2015, which is part of Peace One Day’s wider campaign in the region made possible by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, is being organised in partnership with the Rwandan National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC); and supported by the Rwandan Ministry of Youth and ICT and the Ministry of Sports and Culture. The event will highlight how peace can be nurtured through music, dance, and sport, and will feature young people from the region who will share their inspirational personal experiences of peace.
“I am thrilled to be marking this Peace Day with the first-ever Peace Day Anthem being performed on stage in Kigali thanks to Coca-Cola and it being broadcast live into Rwanda and the world on the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency network,” said Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley (http://www.peaceoneday.org). “I’m extremely grateful to RBA for enabling Peace One Day to empower young people from not only Rwanda and the wider Great Lakes region of Africa but also globally to become the driving force behind the vision of a united and sustainable world, using Peace Day 21 September as a focus for their actions for peace.”