Musicians ‘Reach a Hand Out’ to Fight Aids

When I first watched the video your ways on a local television station, the first thing that came to mind was how did all these artistes come together to record a song about getting the youth to change their ways to avoid the deadly scourge-HIV. The song features, Jamaican singer Nyan’da, who rocked Kampala recently, GNL Zamba, Big Trill, Irene Ntale, Maurice Hassa and Ray Signature. The vocals from each artiste were perfectly blended with each artiste being tasked to pen their verse. All the recording was done by Talent Africa through its proprietor Ali Alibhai. However, the artistes and concept were put together by Humphrey Nabimanya.

Nabimanya is the founder and Executive Director of Reach a hand Uganda and host for an Urban TV youth programme on HIVAids and sexual and reproductive health. Prior to setting up Reach a Hand Uganda, the Community Psychology graduate from Makerere University had worked with organizations such as Literacy Adult Basic

Education, Rutgers WPF and DSW. among others, Nabimanya would sensitise his peers about HIVAids and openly aocating safe sexual behaviour among the young people since 2004. Your ways is part of a youth-oriented campaign led by Reach A Hand Uganda, which targets teens and young adults and aims to empower them with knowledge to better understand their sexuality and make informed choices regarding early pregnancy and safe sex practices.

“The teens love us they jump fences at school just to come to see us perform, which means what we tell them is vital so who better to tell them how to handle their lives than the people they adore,” said GNL Zamba.

Alibhai told The Observer that from July through November, they will be having awareness concerts with performances from the artistes who featured in Your ways and the likes Young Zee, Van Data and Navio. They will then hold a final concert in December to coincide with the World Aids day celebrations.

Source : The Observer

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