Norwegian rap duo puts smiles on the faces of former street children in Rwanda
By Misbah M. Sheikh
Kigali, July 2010
A famous Norwegian rap band, ‘Karpe Diem’, has been in the country to support UNICEF in improving the lives of young children.
The band, composed of two dynamic male artists, Chirag Patel, 25, and Magdi Abdelmaguid, 26, was here with a film crew to shoot for an upcoming fund raising concert for UNICEF in Norway.
While in Rwanda, they visited a centre to help reintegrate children who lived in the street back with the families as well as a hospital that promotes a package to prevent, treat and support children affected by HIV.
At FIDESCO, a centre for children who used to live on the streets, Chirag and Magdi played football with the boys and taught them how to sing backup (in Norwegian!) to one of their famous songs – Tog, which means train in Norwegian.
The children had such fun humming the melody that they added their own bass and drums, which made for a wonderful “made for television” short film.
“We are thrilled to be able to do something for these children,” said Chirag and Magdi. “When UNICEF asked us to stage a concert in Norway to fundraise for children around the world, how could we say no? It is our way of helping to make a difference in children’s lives.”
“And we have learned so much here. It is great to see UNICEF in action, to see how these street kids are taken care of and their families even helped to ensure that they don’t go back to the streets… And then this programme to support children living with HIV – for a poor country like Rwanda, it is really great to see how UNICEF support can make a difference in so manychildren’s lives”, added the band.