In Kigali this September 21st, all roads lead to Kigali for the Peace One Day Youth Celebrations to mark the international Peace Day. The concert is organized by Coca Cola and the Peace One Day Organization, an international organization advocating for worldwide peace. This celebration aims to inform thousands of young people from Rwanda and the region, inspiring them to become the driving force behind the vision of a united and sustainable world, using Peace Day as a catalyst for individual and collective action.
The event is set to bring together several African acts to perform for the first time ever a special Peace Anthem by Coke Studio Africa. These will include Ice Prince (Nigeria), Dama Do Bling (Mozambique), Maurice Kirya (Uganda), Alikiba (Tanzania) and Wangechi (Kenya) who will be joined by leading Rwanda artists Krest Crew & Jabba Junior, Urban Boyz, Knowless, and Innoss’b. The Peace anthem, written by South African award winning musician and Grammy nominee Zwai Bala has been produced by Coke Studio Africa to inspire a generation of young Africans to celebrate Peace as a factor of long lasting stability and progress in the region.
The climax of the concert will be the performance of the Peace Anthem by Coke Studio Africa which will be available on iTunes from 21st September 2015 and also as a call back tune/ring tone from local mobile telephone companies with proceeds going to the non-profit organization Peace One Day to support its mission to reach 3 billion people with the message of Peace Day by 2016.
In anticipation of the great event, Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley said, “I am thrilled to be marking this Peace Day with the first-ever Peace Day Anthem being performed live at Petit Stade Amahoro Stadium thanks to Coca-Cola. I’m extremely grateful to all of the extraordinary artists who are giving their time so generously to the event that will be a youth-focused daytime event featuring popular young artists and influential young speakers”.
Peace One Day was founded in 1999 by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley and managed to drive the initiative that led to the unanimous adoption by the United Nations member states of an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September every year. The event is to take place on 21st September 2015 at Petit Stade Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda and entry is free.