September 17, 2011 -- Thirteen big hearted Rwandan artists – the All
Stars – have joined the nation in the campaign to alleviate the pain and
anguish experienced by Somalis; especially for children in war-torn
Somalia who have little to express joy for as a famine and drought rages
in the region.
Last month, the government of Rwanda pledged 100,000 US dollars to
support the famine ravaged Horn of Africa region, and especially
Somalia. This was during a fund-raising function at the African Union
Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The All Stars’ track titled Humura Somalia is part of their own
fund-raising campaign to save Somalis from dying from famine. It was
released on Sept. 3 and first played, later, at a college event and
during a recent soccer match.
The talented Rwandan also plan charity events including concerts and
road shows to raise funds for the noble cause.
The 13 stars – Miss Jojo (Josiane Uwineza) , King James (James
Ruhumuriza), Shanel (Ruth Nirere), Jules Sentore, Intore Masamba, Gabiro
Girbert, Kitoko (Patrick Bibarwa Kitoko), Tonzi (Clementine Uwitonze),
Mani Martin, Alpha Rwirangira, Ziggy55 (a member of The Brothers group),
Riderman (Emery Gatsinzi ) and Jay Polly (Joshua Tuyishimire), say they
believe Somalia needs everyone’s support.
On Thursday, Mani Martin, one of the artists, told Xinhua that his sole
wish is to put a smile on Somali children’s faces.
“My part in the song is, ‘we are the future of this continent; we are
the hope of its people!’ Personally, I always make effort to do
something to help the vulnerable through my talent of singing,” Martin
“So, for me, I really own such an initiative. I appeal to everyone else
who realizes the predicament of Somalia – if we all stand up, at once,
together, at least even those children could laugh and be happy,” Martin
In an interview with The New Times, Rwanda’s daily English newspaper,
Miss JoJo said she is “honored to be part of this humanitarian
campaign,” and encourages others worldwide to use their talents to aid
“People are dying of hunger every minute. They need our support and I
believe that if we all join hands we can save their lives. The song says
that we are the hope of Somalia and calls on the world to react to the
situation in Somalia,” Miss JoJo is quoted saying.
A youth group – Rwanda Youth Campaign for Somalia (RYCS), recently
initiated a broader campaign to help Somalia.
Its coordinator – Jean Népo Rwema Sibomana, says they plan to raise up
to 1 million dollars for the plight of Somali children