DJ Shimza, Siya Kolisi Foundation host music show from Robben Island

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Ashley Raphala, popularly known as DJ Shimza, and the Siya Kolisi Foundation, have joined forces to raise funds for communities affected by COVID-19 through a music session from Robben Island on Saturday afternoon.

Museum Spokesperson, Morogoa Ramaboa, says the event aims to continue the legacy of Nelson Mandela and other struggle stalwarts through music. Ramaboa says they understand the significance of the island and appreciate the contribution of all political prisoners in shaping the history of South Africa.

The music show, which will be live streamed on various platforms, also forms part of Mandela Day celebrations. It will be streamed between 16:00 and 18:00.

Madiba would have turned 102 years old on Saturday.

“It’s our heritage; it’s how we got to where we are today. We are fighting today, struggles. The people that came before us fought so hard for us to have everything that we have right now. It’s very important that the young people of South Africa don’t forget about where we come from as a country,” Shimza said while explaining the significance of playing at Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years during the apartheid era.

In the video below, DJ Shimza talks about his one-man show to raise funds for charity: