The Voice of the Speechless Online Benefit Concert will be aired on Sunday, 13 December 2020, at 8pm SAST, and 1pm EDT. It’s in aid of children and families with special needs. You can support this project by buying a ticket for R75 at https://go.raindust.co/vos
A range of artists come together to host the online benefit concert in order to support the Voice of the Speechless (VOS) project, which is part of the Brain Child Fund (BCF) organization.
Who’s on the bill?
Actors/filmmakers Anel and James Alexander host the show, all the way from their home in Hollywood! Artists like Rubber Duc, Nathan Smith, Ziya, Christiaan Baartman, Sincerely Anne, Petronel Baard, Brad + Nicole (from the USA) and Stefan Jansen gave up their time, special songs and talent to support this worthy cause.
Earlier this year, Ziya, a South African musician, composer, songwriter and co-founder of the Brain Child Fund, who currently lives in Philadelphia in the US, had a conversation with a mother in the Brain Child Fund network. “I asked how they were doing during lockdown. Her response was that if this was lockdown, they were permanently in it. Their son has compromised immunity, which essentially means that they cannot go anywhere as he is very fragile,” explains the musician, who herself has three children with special needs.
That is when the lyrics of the heartfelt song, Lonely Together, which was released to radio stations worldwide during lockdown, came to Ziya.
“VOS is ultimately a social awareness project that uses edutainment to raise awareness and to destigmatise special needs individuals using music and videos,” explains Ziya. The project is truly pioneering – it records special needs children’s sounds and environments, documents parts of their journey, and captures their stories in songs and music videos. The aim is to offer people a glimpse into the worlds of nonverbal special needs children from various backgrounds and countries.
Brain Child Fund (BCF) is an organization that has a heart for the special needs community. They help special needs families thrive and focus their energy on educating and supporting special needs families and raising awareness about the humanity and beauty of special needs individuals through sports and culture. VOS online benefit concert is a project in support of this vision.
The concert was produced by VOS, Starburst Promotions and Fathom Media. Visit www.voiceofthespeechless.org to donate to this worthy cause.
What: The Voice of the Speechless Online Benefit Concert
When: 13 December 2020, 8pm SAST, 1pm EDT