, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 17 – Rock and Christianity merge forces in Nairobi this weekend and all with a view to encouraging Kenyans to know their HIV status, especially young Kenyans.
Under the banner of “Jijue campaign” translated to mean “know yourself campaign”, a youth based organisation linked to the Mavuno Church is bringing in famous Christian rock-band Jars of Clay for two shows on February 20 and 22 that are expected to be massive.
In fact the four-member band jets in Tuesday night, and we have I Choose Life (ICL) Africa to thank for it.
ICL is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation that carries out prevention, care and support programmes in institutions of higher learning in the country.
They began work in Kenya in 2000 at the University of Nairobi and has since expanded to 13 institutions of higher learning; namely Kenyatta, Daystar, Egerton, Moi and Maseno Universities, Mombasa Technical Training Institute, Mombasa Polytechnic University College and the United States International University (USIU).
ICL envisages ‘An AIDS Free Africa’, and aim to create a movement of caring communities among students that make responsible and informed choices with regard to life and HIV/AIDS.
On February 20, ICL will launch its 1 Million campaign, with the help of the Franklin, Tennessee rock band that consists of lead singer Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell on piano and keyboards, Stephen Mason on lead guitars and Matthew Odmark twanging at the rhythm guitars.
At the Mavuno Dome in Bellevue they will be joined by Kenyan great acts Eric Wainaina, Pete Odera, Kanjii, Atemi, DJ Mozz, M.O.G, A-Star, Jimmy Gait, Juliani, and others who believe in this noble cause. The damage here is Sh1,000.
Two days later, the same flock will perform at the KICC from 2pm to 6pm and charges are Sh550.
The US rock band will on the same day be part of the KU Testing Week, where Kenyatta University will be holding their annual HIV testing drive. They will interact with the peer educators from the university before the week starts.
The peer educators are already running an essay competition, and have scheduled exciting activities such as candle light walk, and (brace yourself) Mr & Miss Status competition.
Mirth aside, Jars of Clay is worth paying for to go and watch. Having established themselves in 1993, they have been going strong ever since and apart from several outreach programmes have managed to churn out eight albums, with a ninth one due for release on April 21, 2009.
If you get tested before and during the show, you get glow in the dark bands!