DJ Moz and Jenga Jirani Festival chairman Jackson Jonathan. Photo: David Gichuru/Standard.

The Jonathan Jackson foundation in partnership with Kubamba crew will this weekend host an online festival that is set to be the talk of the town. The event dubbed the Jenga Jirani festival targets to raise Sh100 million to help different communities in the country affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual concert will be held on November 7 and 8. The project which is sponsored by the Standard group will air on KTN home and all other Standard Group’s entertainment social media platforms at 7.30 pm.

The festival will be headlined by top local artists among them Nyashinski, Khaligraph Jones, Samidoh, Juliani, Mercy Masika, and Eric Wainaina among others. Top comedians including Eric Omondi and MC Jessy will also turn up to keep the audience entertained. Speaking during the launch of the event in Nairobi, the Jenga Jirani Festival chairman Jackson Jonathan said that he envisions raising funds for thousands of families that cannot fend for themselves during these hard times.

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 “The effect of the pandemic is still been felt by many. This project is looking to continue supporting families for both short and long term,” Jonathan said.

Moji Shortbabaa, Lady Bee and Blinky Bill. Photo: David Gichuru/Standard.

While appealing for Kenyans to come together to help each other, Jonathan assured Kenyans of full accountability for the money that will be raised during the festival.

“We will show accountability of every coin that we will use. We have teamed up with AMREF Kenya so that all the money that will be donated will go to their account,” he said, adding: “We will also have an advisory committee to ensure that the money goes to only the projects,”

MC Jessy, Kubamba Director John Njuguna and Nyashinski. Photo: David Gichuru/Standard.

Renowned gospel DJ Moses Kimathi also known as DJ Moz said it was time for Kenyans to come together again and help the ones in need. 

“Most families now do not even know what they will eat. They have nothing to put on the table for their families. Covid-19 has messed some lives. The event is all about going and standing together with Kenyans and assuring them that we are in this together. Let us give hope to someone who has lost it,” he said.

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Rapper Nyashinski who held his own successful virtual concert back in April said it is about time to engage in activities that will change lives without expecting anything in return.

Nyashinski will perform at the Jenga Jirani Festival. Photo: David Gichuru/Standard.

“For artists, it’s very important to take part in an initiative that is not just using you. Remember if you put your heart into something someone will benefit from it. This is something I feel very strongly about and proud to be a part of,” he said.

According to Gospel artist Lady Bee, “We went to the ground one day to give support and the person I saw in line waiting for support was my uncle. So do not always consider the neighbor as a stranger it could be someone dear to you. So let us come together and contribute. Let us help someone in need.”

 

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