Piksy and Hyphen’s first line of call is to make music lovers happy, sad, or give them any feeling that lyrics spark.
But the two artists, who were born in the same month of June – June 9 being Piksy’s birthday while June 11 is the birthday of Hyphen, formerly Young Kay– seem to have realised that real happiness lies in their power to make those who are less privileged in society happy too.
And, according to Hyphen, an individual’s wealth should be measured on the strength of the intensity with which he reaches out to others in the quest to see the burden of preventable problems laid down forever.
“That is why, while feeling happy that June is my birth-month, I and Piksy, a man I share a birthday with, have teamed up to reach out to orphans in Blantyre through an initiative we are calling Mai Mussa Trust. We are embarking on an initiative that will see us holding performances at Blue Elephant in Blantyre on June 8 and Levels in Zomba on June 9 from 8pm,” Hyphen said yesterday.
And, as if it were a stage performance, where Hyphen curtain-raises for Piksy, the latter joins in: “You see, there is a woman, who is fondly referred to as Mai Mussa, who has been looking after orphans since 1997. She has a centre called Chikondi Disability and Orphan Care Centre, which looks after 18 children who stay on campus and 68 others who walk in and go back home. We want to reach out to both groups of children.”
The thing is, while Mai Mussa has not always sourced items she needs to make the lives of orphans she looks after serene, the centre’s problems were compounded after one of its sponsors— an individual full of good will— died in 2007.
“ S i n c e t h e n , t h e centre has been facing more challenges than before,”said Piksy’s manager, Wisdom Phanga.
Piksy and Hyphen have ambitions to reach out to others, yes; but their ambition is premised on reachable targets. This is obvious when one learns about their target: K500, 000, which they hope to raise through the entry-charge-per-head of K2,000 at both venues.
“But, again, we want to reach out to the children at the orphan centre in another way; apart from using the K500,000 we hope to generate through our two shows in Blantyre and Zomba, we want to collect clothes and other items from people of good will. We will, thereafter, donate to the children,” Piksy said.
“Of course,” now, this is Hyphen’s voice, “we will not be accepting gifts of clothes and other items while performing on stage. No! No! No! It is impossible to be jumping up and down on stage and, then, bending or kneeling down to collect, say, clothes. ” [Laughs].
He adds: “What I am saying is that well-wishers can donate the items after the show. Everyone is welcome to join us. In the end, we will donate the items on Saturday, June 16. It is our way of reaching out to those who need our love.”
Phanga said artists who want to join the cause can come forward and will be welcomed with open arms.
So far, Blakjak has come forward to offer his services as host at both shows [Blantyre and Lilongwe]. Bosarro Music Group has also offered to be part of the show.
These are part of their efforts to let the human heart pour itself out, in the name of charity, for the delight of others.
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