Germany, South Africa celebrateties with joint reggae music

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2 November 2004 , JOHANNESBURG - Germany's reggae and dancehall band Seeed and South Africa's Kwaito group Bongo Maffin on Tuesday released a song that will be used to celebrate relations between the two countries and raise money for AIDS awareness campaigns in South Africa. Their collaboration, a single titled: "Call Me" with Bongo Maffin vocalist Thandiswa Mazwai singing in English and Xhosa and the 11-member Seeed providing the backing sound was mixed at a studio in Johannesburg. The song was intended t

2 November 2004

JOHANNESBURG - Germany's reggae and dancehall band Seeed and South Africa's Kwaito group Bongo Maffin on Tuesday released a song that will be used to celebrate relations between the two countries and raise money for AIDS awareness campaigns in South Africa.

Their collaboration, a single titled: "Call Me" with Bongo Maffin vocalist Thandiswa Mazwai singing in English and Xhosa and the 11-member Seeed providing the backing sound was mixed at a studio in Johannesburg.

The song was intended to offer an exciting sound and a positive message for the youth in Johannesburg and is due for limited distribution in South Africa and Germany, according to project co-ordinators from the German Development and Cooperation service.

A commercial version is to be included in the next Bongo Maffin album - a portion of the profits are to be ploughed into South Africa's LoveLife Aids awareness campaign that targets youth in the country where more than five million people live with HIV/AIDS.

Seeed is expected to jet into South Africa later this month for performances in which they will share the stage with Bongo Maffin in cities around the country.

The two groups were also due to host music and HIV/AIDS workshops for emerging local musicians in four townships around the Johannesburg and Pretoria and in the town of Middleburg.

This town in the country's Mpumalanga Province was recently twinned with Germany's most populated Bundesland (or province), North Rhine Westphalia. Their capitals Mbombela and Dusseldorf aim to build up a city partnership in the coming weeks.

The annual German-South African Cultural Week's programme began in mid-October with a special emphasis on South Africa's celebration of 10 years of democracy.

An opera, a variety of lectures, and a jazz concert are among the planned cultural, political and sport events that have already taken place. 

DPA

Subject: German news

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