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Being blind hasn’t stopped me from singing about peace

 

Yei River County, located 105km west of the capital Juba in South Sudan, was host to a one-day peace and reconciliation concert on 7th July 2017. The goal of the concert was to promote the spirit of peaceful co-existence amongst the south Sudanese communities living in Yei, and to advocate for human rights, gender equality and hard work.

 

This is the second edition of the concert being held under Capacity Building for Post-Conflict Reintegration (CAPOR), a project being implemented by Action Africa Help South Sudan. At least 10 music artistes took part in the event. The event was graced by the the local community, including the local area chief Waningo Charles.

 

The main guest artist was 19-year-old Alex Sebit, known by the stage name ‘Dr. Amplifier’. It is easy to enjoy his soulful music conveying messages of peace, respect for human rights, and gender and equity. He sings in simple Arabic and in one of the local languages, Kakwa.

 

AAH South Sudan Peace concert July 2017

Alex (in dark glasses) performing during the peace concert in Yei in July 2017

 

Alex is visually impaired. His story might have turned out different had he not been trained on music composition. “Although I cannot see, my ears, memory and determination keep me moving.”

 

The first time he walked into the CAPOR office in Yei to record his songs, it was hard to believe that he was going to make any strides in music. But Alex silenced skeptics when he got behind the microphone in 2010. Alex now makes a living from musical performances during events in the town.

 

Alex is now learning how to play the piano and is inspiring other people living with physical disability in South Sudan.

 

CAPOR is funded by Bread for the World. The goal of CAPOR is to tailor information, education and communication activities to support rural populations in Equatoria Region to successfully participate in the social and economic community development, and to contribute to a peaceful reintegration and social rehabilitation of an independent post-conflict South Sudan. Since its inception in 2007, the project has been working and supporting peace committees, fine artists, women groups, puppetry builders, radio drama groups and Boma Development committees.

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