The 2014 awarenet Peace Day Concert a great Success!

We are very happy and proud that our 3rd awarenet Peace Day Concert was another great success!

For this year’s Music & Peace Project, 5 different groups of awarenet learners worked hard to write a song to a new backing produced by Corinne Cooper (Rhodes University’s Music Department). Schools participating were CM Vellem HPS, Good Shepherd PS, Khutliso Daniels SS, Ntaba Maria PS and Victria Girls HS.

For a period of 2 months, all learners were trained by Zukani Budaza, Lunga Heleni and Corinne Cooper (Sonic Art Studio) how to write lyrics, compose melodies, rap & sing and how to perform while they documented and discussed the project online on awarenet, which was supervised by Terri-Lynn Penney (VSA). All songs contain the words “awarenet”, “peace” and “love”.

The projects has its peak at the public Peace Day Concert, which is related to the Peace One Day campaign. All learners performed on stage to compete for

  • Best female rapper
  • Best male rapper
  • Best performance
  • Best Peace Day song lyrics
  • Best Peace Day song.

The judges were Elijah Madiba (Manager at ILAM, musician, sound engineer and composer), Tsukudu Moreng (HipHop composer, winner of several contests (classical music and HipHop), co-composer of last year’s awarenet track) and Brent Shaw (CS Master student at RU, producer, composer, sound engineer).


The competition was followed by two guest artists, of which one was the music band “elastic Band”. They also perforned at the last year’s Concert and Tsukudu Moreng is one of the two HipHop artists. The other guest was Ayubulia who performed a one man poetry slam.

Finally, the certificates and prizes were given out to the best female rapper Okuhle Yoli (KDSS) and the best male rapper Luvo Ngwala (NMPS). They each received a pair of head phones. Runner-ups were Phelela Seyisi (VGHS) and Asemhle Singata (GSPS).

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Best lyrics were written by Victoria Girls HS, runner-up was Khutliso Daniels SS. The best performance was presented by Khutliso Daniels SS, runner-up was Good Shepherd PS. CM Vellem HPS was awareded for best stage presence, runner-up was Ntaba Maria PS.

And finally, the best song was won by Victoria Girls HS (Sisanda Ncetani, Celine Igiraneza and Phelela Seyisi). They will receive a professional music video like the winners of the previous years. The runner-up was Khutliso Daniels SS. Huge congratulations to all of you!

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The Master of Ceremonies was Matt Maralack. 350 excited people watched the show. A team of Rhodes students filmed the concert and will produce a video for us. Grocott’s Mail published two articles. The second is here. The project was funded by Rhodes University, Sonic Art Studio and eKhaya ICT.

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