3pm today: a musical celebration of Vanuatu’s resilience after Cyclone Pam

The musicians who will be performing at this afternoon's Kivhan fundraising event

Some of the musicians performing at this afternoon’s Kivhan fundraising event. Photo: Alcina Garae

Vanuatu Wan Voes Kivhan artists and festival organizers are organizing a mini-Kivhan Festival and fundraiser today (Friday 11 March 2016), 3pm–9pm at Wan Smol Bag.

All money raised will go towards Vanuatu Wan Voes Kivhan’s milestone project, rebuilding the Marae Community Hall on Emae island, which was destroyed during Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu Wan Voes Kivhan artists and musicians are inviting the general public, business houses, communities to come to the fundraiser as it will also be a celebration of music one year after Cyclone Pam. 

Here’s the live bands and hip hop dance who’ll be performing:

  • Drovicool
  • Masamp Crew
  • Modern Roots
  • Realistik
  • Smol Fyah
  • Young Life
  • Jayvii
  • Darrel (Saxo)
  • Krassrut
  • Concerners
  • Alme System
  • Vanua Zouk

The entrance fee is only 50vt. There will be lots of island food, fresh fish from Marae community, BBQ wings, kava, and the 2015 Zion Fest DVD will all be on sale.

Kivhan organizers thank all partners and sponsors towards tomorrow’s fundraiser.

Lukim yufala!

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