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Jenga Jirani concert to raise funds for Covid-19 victims

By Elly Gitau
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
In summary

Non-profit organisation Jonathan Jackson Foundation (JJF) and Kubamba Krew have organised a mega virtual concert that is poised to take Kenya and world by storm this weekend.

Dubbed Jenga Jirani Festival, it will bring together more than 50 local artistes to perform in what is projected to be the biggest online festival in the country and Africa.

It is projected to reach to more than 10 million people with an aim to raise Sh100 million. The funds will be used to help members of the community ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The festival will be held on November 7th and 8th, and will feature a stellar lineup of top Kenyan music artistes.

They include Nyashinski, Khaligraph, Samidoh, Eric Wainaina, Mercy Masika, Juliani, Blinky Bill, Chris Kaiga, Lady Bee, Moji Shortbabaa and Eko Dydda. Others are comedians Eric Omondi and MC Jessy.

Speaking during the media launch in Nairobi on Tuesday, the Jenga Jirani Festival chairman Jonathan Jackson said the effect of the pandemic is still been felt by many, hence the need for concerted efforts to help those in dire need of humanitarian aid.

“Jenga Jirani is looking to continue supporting families both short and long term, and is calling on Kenyans to come together and help ‘jenga a jirani’,” he said.

JJF has in the last six months provided more than 240 tonnes of meals since the Covid-19 started to support the sick, elderly and vulnerable around Nairobi.

The initiative has reached out to the vulnerable in the society by distributing food, sanitary products and sharing care.