Published May 18, 2011A diverse array of Canadian musicians are coming together to help raise money for students needing to attend school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo Classrooms for a Brighter Future concert will be taking place in Toronto on Thursday (May 19) at Revival and will feature an impressive lineup, including artists such as Kardinal Offishall, Ivana Santilli, Glenn Lewis and Slakah the Beatchild.
The concert is being presented by the Canadian Ape Alliance and the Nova Music Group to raise funds to continue to expand construction on classrooms at the Kahuzi-Biega Environmental School in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where more than five million children receive no education as the country's civil war continues.
Other everyday challenges in the country include the presence of armed militias, the significant problem of obtaining daily necessities and environmental degradation. The school, which was first built in 2003, is also seen as a vital community centre, helping to educate the community about environmental issues affecting the many endangered species in the region.
Slakah the Beatchild, who will collaborate onstage with Justin Nozuka as part of his set, didn't hesitate to participate when asked to be part of the event.
"Right away it struck me as something important to be a part of and I just wanted to help out possibly in any way that I could," he says. "It's something that you don't typically see in my opinion, raising money for something like this and the reason it struck a chord with me is because I'm all about helping things from the start, from the root, instead of helping after the problem."
Other artists featured on the bill include Saidah Baba Talibah, Melanie Durrant, Ayah and Wade O. Brown. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here, with proceeds from the Congo Classrooms for a Brighter Future concert going directly to the Phase II construction of the Kahuzi-Biega Environmental School. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show will begin at 9 p.m.