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Mozambican artist Neyma, joined by Stewart Sukuma, launches music video about children

Neyma and Stewart
© UNICEF Mozambique/2011
Neyma and Stewart performing the song 'Sofrimento' in front of the audience.

MAPUTO, Mozambique, 20 December 2011 – This morning, Mozambican artist Neyma was joined by Stewart Sukuma and guests for the launch of her new music video called 'Sofrimento' at the UNICEF office on Avenida do Zimbabwe.

The song - a track from the CD 'Idiomas' - is in part a duet between Neyma and Stewart. It is a tribute to all children around the world and an appeal to adults to raise children in a culture of peace.

"I hope that one day in the future the very idea of war will be a thing of the past, and that children will never have to experience war and suffer times of conflict, post-conflict and poverty," commented Neyma on the message of the song. "For me, this song and this video is about calling attention to the effects of war and poverty on the world's children."

Neyma and Stewart
© UNICEF Mozambique/2011
The artists were supported by dancers and percussionists.

The launch and mini-concert was introduced by Dr. Roberto de Bernardi, UNICEF deputy representative, who praised the involvement of Mozambican artists in the work for the country's children, such as Neyma's involvement in the MISAU's exclusive breast feeding campaign and the role of Stewart and Mingas in the ongoing anti-violence campaign and other activities benefiting children.

After a live performance accompanied by musicians and dancers, the music video was shown on a large screen in front of the audience. The live performance and the showing of the video were followed by interviews with the media and a social part.

Special thanks went to Folha Verde, which converted UNICEF's canteen into an attractive concert space on a pro bono basis.

UNICEF staff members, who made up most of the audience along with invited guests and journalists, enjoyed the performance and mingled with the artists afterwards. "This was a fantastic event," said Mayke Huijbregts, Chief of the Child Protection, who had brought her daughter along for the occasion.

For more information please contact:

Arild Drivdal, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: maputo@unicef.org

Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: maputo@unicef.org





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