Yvonne Chaka Chaka records with vulnerable children at Walvis

01 Dec 2016 17:30pm
WALVIS BAY, 01 DEC (NAMPA) - Eleven physically disabled girls from the Walvis Bay Sunshine Centre on Wednesday struck a deal of a lifetime when they got a chance to record a song with South African music star, Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
The song called ‘Kulila mo Mondesa’ (Growing up in Mondesa) was written by Gerson ‘Dollar’ Mwatile, a Namibian music composer.
The singer, whose real name is Yvonne Machaka, is a United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Goodwill Ambassador.
She brought the studio to the centre where they recorded the song. Unicef sponsored the project.
“These children will be superstars. The song will be in my next album, and we are looking forward to a hit song which will generate money for this centre,” said the singer.
Chaka Chaka said she visited the centre in June this year for the Day of the African Child, and heard the children sing and realised they have talent. She promised to return and record with them - a promise she fulfilled.
The singer said she is humbled to give the children a platform to commercialise their talents and possibly make a living from it.
Chaka Chaka urged members of the public to take extra care of vulnerable children and to avoid discriminating against them.
She said they must be given all opportunities they need to realise their dreams and live a better life.
The Unicef ambassador also urged the public to support the centre in all its needs.
“These children have so much talent, so let us accord them all the opportunities they need,” she said.
Choir leader Thercia van den Heever said they are excited to see how the song will do once it is released.
Since its formation in 2009, the group has performed for free at functions and churches.
“We want to make money to buy music instruments and record quality music,” Van den Heever told Nampa.
All proceeds from the song will be given to the centre.
The Walvis Bay Sunshine Centre takes care of 129 physically and mentally challenged children.
Chaka Chaka also attended the first-ever Namibia HIV/Aids conference which ended at Swakopmund on Wednesday.