INTERNATIONAL Peace Day is commemorated annually on September 21, a day the United Nations says is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
This year a group of African artistes came together and released “One”, a Peace Day Anthem by Coke Studio Africa which features five of Coke Studio Africa artistes: Maurice Kirya (Uganda), Ali Kiba (Tanzania), Dama Do Bling (Mozambique), Wangechi (Kenya) and Ice Prince (Nigeria).
The song was written and produced by Zwai Bala - the Grammy award-nominated South African musician of Kwaito group “TKZee”.
The artistes will perform the song for the first time in front of approximately 3,000 young people at The Peace One Day Youth Celebration at Amahoro Petit Stade in Kigali, Rwanda. On the same day, the song will be available worldwide via iTunes and other platforms. The event will be broadcasted live in Rwanda and to the world on the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) network, among other networks.
All of this was made possible by funding from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. According to organisers, all proceeds from the sale and streaming of the song supports the non-profit Peace One Day to raise awareness and engagement of Peace Day, 21 September in the Great Lakes region of Africa and the world.
Here’s a teaser of the anthem…