Hip-hop artist Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalilani, has donated K250 000 towards the private citizens’ Covid-19 response championed by media influencer Stanley Kenani. The funds were raised during his Grin’s Fire Friday event on Instagram.
In an interview, Tay Grin said he decided to donate the money because Covid-19 has affected many lives and the health facilities have been overwhelmed.
He said: “During the show, we have several guests and last Friday we had legendary African super star 2face Idibia who contributed money, along with Walter Nyamilandu Junior. We channelled that money towards the fight against Covid-19 and the winner of Friday’s dance challenge.”
The Chipapapa hit maker said the current Covid-19 situation needs everyone’s involvement.
“People are suffering. We need to learn to share the little we have. We cannot expect government to be the only one helping. I also call upon fellow musicians to follow suit. Let’s be creative and use our platforms to raise awareness and raise funds,” he said.
Explaining about his Grin’s Fire Friday, Tay Grin said he decided to launch the weekly live event to entertain people while in the comfort of their homes.
“This event was inspired by the current situation we are going through; so much hardship and we are in gloomy times. I also wanted to use the same as a platform to raise awareness about Covid-19 and raise funds to assist those in need,” he said.
The show, Tay Grin said, wants to prove that young people can still survive these hard times by being innovative.
“During the show, I go live on my Instagram page and everyone with an Instagram account can log on and either comment in real time or call in direct to either talk to me or dance for the audience,” he explained.
The Grin’s Fire Fridays first show registered 2 500 viewers while last week the numbers grew to 6 700.
Reacting to the show, one of the country’s comedians Tannah, who is in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, said the event relieved him of some stress.
He wrote: “Thanks for yesterday man. It was awesome. [I have] been isolating for a week now and that live show was good company to some of us, I had fun.”