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Mrejo responds to the global call to action to support the exiled Festival Au Desert


This charismatic Motswako artist from Mafikeng is releasing his long-awaited first album through BakTu Musik in November 2013. All indications are that his decade-long journey to find his niche in the local music industry is finally starting to bear fruit.  Mrejo says of the 14-track CD:  “The album is based on my personal journey through challenging times in the business. It’s titled 1000 Reflections as a metaphor, referring to someone looking at himself in a shattered mirror.”

He adds: “This project is a personal look at the ups and downs I have faced on my road to success. I really hope it will communicate messages of hope and inspiration to those following in my footsteps.”

Now, to further communicate his message of hope and inspiration he is throwing his weight behind an Africa Peace Concert, presented by the newly launched Africans for Africa network platform, with other South African artists including Nomisupasta amongst others, and Sounds from the Sufi Darqawi who will session with Mali artists, bringing the sounds of the Desert and nomadic people to South Africa.

Mrejo will headline the Africa Peace Concert on December 3 at the vibey Zen, situated in the Maboneng precinct of Johannesburg, starting at 8pm. Entrance is free, however donations will be welcomed.

He says, "It is a very beautiful idea first of all for African artists to come together, young and old as one voice. A voice that the world may start to listen to issues that we really experience on a daily basis as Africans."

South Africans are being urged to support activities around this unique African cultural festival – a North-South collaboration of Mali’s exiled Festival au Desert and South Africa’s Emthonjeni Arts.

This ‘welcome’ African Peace Concert in Johannesburg on December 3 is part of the build-up to the upcoming residency in Hamburg, Eastern Cape hosted by Emthonjeni Arts, under the auspices of the Africans for Africa network.  The upcoming collaboration will consist of a melting pot of arts engagements, opening of new markets, collaborations and dialogues. It takes place over a two-week long residency programme at the Emthonjeni Arts centre in Hamburg, South Africa from 3 – 16 December, 2013. 

For the first time a delegation of leading musicians from Mali will be in South Africa for the residency.  The musicians include Cheick Siriman Sissoko, Ahmed Ag Kaedi (the founder of Tuareg guitar band Amanar); Djibril Djiré; Issa Samake; Zoumana Tereta and Maria dite Sayon Sidibé. 

The Malian musicians will also be participating at the Africa Peace Concert.

Check out Mrejo, one of local motswako hip-hop’s most exciting new voices, on Facebook (https://www..facebook.com/pages/Mrejo/121762174648130 or
https://www.facebook.com/groups/mrejofanbase/) and Twitter (@mrejo_letsopaa),
See him on his video: http://youtu.be/AtmKkZdKNWg, look out for 1000 Reflections at a record store near you.