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    KZN floods: National Arts Council to raise R10m with star-studded concert

    In April 2022, more than 400 people lost their lives and hundreds more were left stranded without shelter following the KwaZulu-Natal floods. In an attempt to help those who have been affected, the National Arts Council (NAC) will be leading a benefit concert at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday 18 June. 

    The likes of DJ Tira, Mafikizolo and Imali Eningi hitmaker Big Zulu are all set to take the stage. 

    ALSO READ: KZN floods: MaMkhize to build 20 houses for displaced families


    The NAC, along with several other organisations including the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) is hoping to attract 20 000 people to raise R10 million for families who have been deeply affected by the KwaZulu-Natal floods. 

    In a statement, NAC chairperson Princess Celenhle Dlamini says all the organisation has is “arts and cultural currency”, which refers to the artistic community. 

    “So It was natural that our contribution to the two affected provinces(KZN and EC) could be made possible through bringing together the various arts industry organisations, artists, public and private sector to create this magical musical line up, that we hope will bring hope, joy and healing to all the affected victims.”


    There will be two different stages at the Arise Benefit Concert, the main stage where 34 artists will perform and another stage within the Moses Mabhida Stadium precinct where 17 artists will perform. 

    Princess Celenhle Dlamini noted that all proceeds from the concert will be given to a charity organisation agreed upon by all the organisers. 

    The NAC statement highlights that 20% of the funds will be set aside to assist the arts community that was also affected by the floods. 

    ALSO READ: KZN floods: Trevor Noah asks fans to donate to Gift of the Givers [watch]


    SA hip-hop stars AKA, Big Zulu, Kwesta and Zakwe will all be performing on the Main Stage. They will be joined by Babes Wodumo, DJ Tira, Dladla Mshunqisi and gospel star Dumi Mkokstad. 

    On the Doo More Foundation stage, the likes of Dladla Thukzin, Holly Rey and Ukhozi FM’s song of the year winner DJ Hlo will be performing. 

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