>> Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The well-known and popular Star Choir is back in Sweden. They are together with Triple & Touch, on this occasion going to tour 25 Swedish cities and perform more than 30 concerts between the 22nd of September and 27th of October. Wherever the choir has performed the Swedish audience has felt the great warmth and tremendous musicality of the young South African choir. The reviewers have been overwhelmed by the talent of the choir who are between the ages of 16 - 20.
‘’It is really nice to be back to Sweden because people are very friendly, but also for the reason of the importance of the tour in order to raise funds for Star for Life HIV/AIDS activities in South Africa and Namibia’’ says Thankiwe Mabuza from the Star Choir.
The Star Choir will in addition perform during the European Development days in Stockholm, 22-24 October. In addition, the Choir will perform two concerts in Stockholm and Malmö in the honor of a reception for the Grandson of Nelson Mandela, Mr. Zwelivelile M.D. Mandela. The purpose is to raise funds to support projects prioritized by Nelson Mandela at his birthplace in Easter Cape, South Africa. The choir will during the visit as well continue to promote cultural exchange meetings with Swedish choirs and schools in Sweden, to spread the information about Star for Life, but also because the musical meeting is important.
‘’It is always wonderful to have the possibility to experience these youngsters from Southern Africa. The music is maybe the most positive carrier, when it is about to get people from different parts of the world to feel, that actually we are all the same and have the similar dreams’’ says Göran Rudbo from Triple & Touch.
The Star for Life, which started in 2005, covers 62.000 learners today and is run at 63 schools in South Africa, Namibia and Sri Lanka. The Star for Life programme inspires learners to strengthen their self-esteem, make their dreams come true and live an AIDS-free life. The programme is part of the daily education at the schools. The Star for Life programme is an NGO and has no political or religious affiliation.