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Following heavy rains associated with the El Niño phenomenon, which resulted in massive flooding and landslides in Tanzania, the European Union is providing TZS 276,974,500 (€100,000) in emergency humanitarian funding to assist the most affected households. The flooding and landslides have claimed many lives and destroyed thousands of homes.

This funding is in addition to an earlier allocation of TZS 276,974,500 (€100,000) to the Tanzania Red Cross Society, in December 2023, which the EU contributed in response to flooding. This brings the total EU contribution to the Tanzania flooding response to TZS 553,949,000 (€200 000).

The sustained heavy rains continue to make the situation worse for many affected households.

This new EU funding will support the Tanzania Red Cross Society in delivering urgently needed assistance, to scale up lifesaving and emergency relief to the most vulnerable, especially the people whose homes have been destroyed, and those who have been displaced.

The Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) will use this funding to provide tarpaulins and tents affected households, to set up emergency shelters. They will also distribute essential household items to those displaced and to camp-based populations.

The Red Cross society will also provide cash assistance to the most affected and vulnerable populations, conduct search and rescue operations, offer first aid and evacuate  the critically ill or the injured. Finally, this assistance will also be used to purchase and distribute water treatment chemicals, to minimise the risk of waterborne diseases.

This additional funding will allow the TRCS to step up its support and assist 85 000 people in several parts of Tanzania, including Morogoro, Mbeya, Kilimanjaro, Unguja, Geita, Dar es Salaam, Manyara, and Pwani.

This allocation is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC.

Since November 2023, Tanzania has been experiencing heavy rains caused by the El Niño phenomenon. The rains continued into 2024, bringing landslides and floods which caused further destruction of homes, crops, agricultural assets and affected over 200 000 people. In December 2023, a massive landslide near Mount Hanang in the Manyara region of northern Tanzania affected nearly 44 000 people and resulted in 89 deaths. In addition, Cyclone Hidaya made landfall on 4 May 2024, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the coast south of Dar es Salaam. The already-affected areas of Dar es Salaam, Pwani and Morogoro experienced heavy rainfall, exacerbating an already dire situation.

Background

The European Union together with its Member States is the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and human-made crises.

Through its European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid operations  department, the European Union helps millions of victims of conflicts and disasters every year. Headquartered in Brussels and with a global network of field offices, the EU assists to the most vulnerable people, based on humanitarian needs.

The European Commission has signed a €8 million humanitarian contribution agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Federation's Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF). Funds from the DREF are mainly allocated to “small-scale” disasters – those that do not give rise to a formal international appeal.

The Disaster Response Emergency Fund was established in 1979 and is supported by contributions from donors. Each time a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF. For small-scale disasters, the IFRC allocates grants from the Fund, which can then be replenished by the donors. The contribution agreement between the IFRC and ECHO enables the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations (that fit in with its humanitarian mandate) up to a total of €8 million.

BY WILFRED CLARKE.

This May 25th is Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity going back on 25 May 1963. This year, the UK's leading African-owned broadcaster, Colourful Radio, will be celebrating Africa Day live on the air. 

Just as Colourful has been doing for the Caribbean community with the Windrush Day celebrations, the founder and Executive Director of Colourful Radio, Mr Kofi Kusitor said: "For the last 7 years we've celebrated Windrush Day with 18 hours of live broadcast every year on all things Caribbean. Time to do the same for Africa Day.

"This is the first time ever in the United Kingdom that a broadcaster will be attempting to celebrate the significant and diverse African community in this way.

"The day will start with Africa Day Breakfast at 7am, followed by panel discussions, music-led shows, and cultural programmes.

"Africans on the continent, in the diaspora, and everyone interested in Africa is invited to join us in our Africa Day celebrations by tuning in at colourful.com, via popular online radio APPs such as TuneIn and Radio Garden, through smart devices (tell Siri/Google/Alexa 'Play Colourful Radio') or via DAB in London just by tuning into Colourful.

"Must say, I am truly grateful to Colourful Productions and the entire team for their commitment and service to our Africa Day celebrations."

 



Tagged as 'Africa Day on Colourful ' the day will be packed with content and programming that starts with the BREAKFAST SHOW from 7am to 10am anchored by three of the station's African talent namely Clarke, Julius and DJ Reg.

Julius Mbaluto will continue right after the BREAKFAST SHOW to usher in lunch, where Clarke showcases 'Ancestral African Drums'.

DJ Kalunji Fresh, will take his ''Cuts Of Africa' to a different height, playing the best songs from the motherland.

Plugging their 'AFROBEATS SHOW' to the tastes of Africa, will be Flo and Vina. Before singer-songwriter/DJ Deoba Authentic ceases your evening with his tentative mixes. Another DJ spearheading the celebration, will be DJ Reg. One has to tune in to witness his experience and sound collections.

The show that seeks to bring down the curtains on the celebration, is tagged as 'Africa on The Move' which will feature some of the amazing happenings in Africa, documented by various presenters and anchored by Clarke.

 

By WILFRED CLARKE 

Kafui Dey shines through his production skills on ‘Something Something’ as well as ‘Today Be Today’ by Korzai. He is golden when it comes to radio, diamond encrusted when one talks of presenting on television. In terms of audio and visual enterprises, his name is the bell that rings.

Except for some few who knew his production prowess, a cross section of the public did not know that the radio and television broadcaster who does the Breakfast Show on Ghana Television, is also a music producer and in that sense, the brain behind the song ‘Something Something’ by Korzai.

Opening the conversation about recording, editing, mixing and mastering he said: “Before doing radio and television, there was music. My father was a musician, and all my brothers play as musicians as well.

“My youngest brother is a professional jazz musician, he started playing at the age of twos So, always, we had a music background.”

He was once in the same band with the now famous reggae icon, Rocky Dawuni : “I played in school, we had a band in the University of Ghana campus, a reggae band that Rocky Dawuni played in.”

Getting on with Nat Brew, Akosua Agyapong and Rex Omar, he narrates: “When I was on campus at the University of Ghana, Nat Brew’s younger brother told me to come to a studio because a band called Nakorex were about to record a song.”

“I went to the studio, and they sang the song, and I played the keyboard to it. That song is known as ‘Kpalogo Ye De’.

“And I ended up working with a whole bunch of musicians, I even worked with Akyeame, Tommy Wiredu, Charles Amoah, Nii Lante the doctor, Kente, Agboti Yao among many others.”

Coming back to the subject matter, he explained: “Korzai, who is a friend of mine, sent me a demo of ‘Something Something through voice note on WhatsApp.

“The moment I heard the song, I said to him, brother let’s record the song, this song is a hit, given the melody and the message in it. And I thought, it is going to be something special.

“So, Korzai came to town, and we went to ‘Think Media Studio in North Kaneshie to do the recording.”

Not taking full credit and advantage of the process with respect to the tweaks and knobbing in production, Kafui Dey mentioned Danny, as the sound engineer who orchestrated everything together in the space of four hours.

Pouring his creative juices out, Kafui said: “When you listen clearly you will hear my voice as well singing some of the responses behind the main singer Korzai.”

Regarding how the song is taking shape and making waves, Kafui believes: “Something Something’ is a surprise of a song, anytime I play it to people they get the message immediately.”

Relating the song to his biblical knowledge, he said: “You don’t really know what is going to happen next in life, and it reminds me of my favourite book in the Bible, Ecclesiastic where it talks about how unpredictable life can be.

“It has a philosophical sense to it and people are even using it on relationships’ programs as well.”

The good news is that plans are well ahead to produce a video to the song as well as another follow up song called ‘Today Be Today’.

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