Mozambican artists join forces against child trafficking and exploitation
Mozambique, 5 June 2010 – A diverse group of Mozambican artists spanning several generations will came together on Saturday 5 June in Maputo for an outdoor concert marking the Quinzena da criança, a fortnight of activities dedicated to children and their rights, starting with the International Day of the Child on 1 June and ending with the Day of the African Child on 16 June.
The all-day event was held at the Centro Cultural de Matalane, which was founded by the renowned Mozambican painter Malangatana, in the outskirt of the capital Maputo. Performing artists such as Dilon Djindji, Stewart Sukuma, José Mucavele, Neyma, Elvira Viegas, Marlene and Valdemiro Jose, among others, joined forces on stage to raise awareness of child trafficking and exploitation, which many organisations in the region think might increase during the FIFA World Cuptm in South Africa starting in June.
The concert in Maputo also featureed the performance of jazz singer Caroline Henderson from Denmark, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador who has been a strong advocate for child rights in that country for several years.
The strong participation of the artists, who are donating their time to this cause, is an indication of their commitment and contribution to promoting social issues and advancing the rights of children in the country and abroad.
Last year, at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Maputo, several of these artists presented and signed a declaration pledging to put children’s issues at the forefront of the public agenda.
The organisation of the concert is a partnership between the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF), the Kulungwana Association, a non-profit association working for the promotion of culture headed by the Mozambican painter Malangatana, and the International Maputo Music Festival as part of the celebrations marking the International Day of the Child on 1 June and the Day of the African Child on 16 June.