Xenophobia has no place in SA: Madikizela-Mandela

Xenophobia has no place in SA: Madikizela-Mandela

April 2015

Struggle veteran, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, says she hopes the recent xenophobic attacks that claimed seven lives were the last to be witnessed in South Africa.

Madikizela-Mandela attended a free concert by the Paris-based Alma Chamber Orchestra at the Regina Mundi Church in Soweto on Saturday. The Alma Orchestra is in South Africa to promote peace, tolerance and unity as part of its World Tour of Unity.

The event in Soweto, organised by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, was the last of the three concerts held in the country.

Foundation Chairperson, Ivor Ichikowitz says that everybody has been excited by what they have seen. "The tour has been amazing, and communicating through music is the most fantastic means of communication because you're cutting across cultural barriers, language barriers, religious barriers, colour barriers. And everybody has been incredibly excited by what they've seen."

Alma Chamber Orchestra President, Zouhir Boudemagh, says the world’s only peace orchestra organises 10 concerts per year all over the world to promote peace. "Our foundation with other foundations like the Brazaville foundation. The Ichikowitz foundation and others joining us. We're going to, as much as possible, make people understand that by reaching out, by opening the hand, by opening the heart, by opening the mind, we can all have differences, and these differences will enrich us. And just to reach out to everyone to say, peace is important to the world."

The Alma Orchestra also performed in collaboration with the Soweto Youth String Ensemble. Co-leader of the Ensemble, Kabelo Monnathebe, says the main thing is to inspire people. "Inspire people in difficult positions. And just keep them hopeful about life and about the future, through music."

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