By Faith Haushona-Kavamba
MULTI-award winning musician Allen Jonathan, popularly known as Swart Baster recently reaffirmed his vow to give back to his fans by self-funding a school tour.
The philanthropist-in-the-making dug into his pockets a few weeks ago, from July 8 to July 29, to tour through various schools in the Kavango regions, accompanied by a handful of few other musicians from the regions to entertain and educate school learners.
“A while ago I visited the Dr Romanus Kampungu Secondary School where I spoke to the teachers and asked them about some of the problems being experienced by the learners. They told me that substance abuse and teen pregnancies were among some of the issues plaguing the learners. That got me thinking about what I could do to help and a school tour came to mind,” Swart Baster said.
He explained that he knew that as a musician he had more influence on some of the learners than the teachers do and he could use that influence for good.
“I have seen it all, done it all and experienced it all, so I felt that I was well equipped to advise our young learners. I also knew they would listen to me because they are fans of my music so I decided to entertain and educate them all in one go,” he said.
Swart Baster visited the Rundu Senior Primary School, Elia Neromba Senior Secondary School, Revival Centre Christian Academy, Kaisosi Combined School and Sarusungu Combined School.
He performed a mixture of new songs as well some of his classics such as his hit singles Lamba and Ding Dong. “It was a very interactive encounter with the learners because after I performed and spoke to them they also got to ask me questions about why I was performing at their school. I feel that they left with valuable information,” Swart Baster said.
“The only challenge was that I paid for everything from my own pocket, including for the other artists that I had invited. The only thing I would like to change is that. I want it to be bigger and better so I was thinking of finding s p o n s o r s h i p s , perhaps enter into an agreement with the Ministry of Education and make the tour a national one with 10 or 12 musicians,” the Chimbwetu Style hit maker said.
This is not the first time the award-winning musician has done philanthropic work this year. Earlier on in the year he donated clothes to poverty stricken residents of the Oshango area in Wanaheda.
It was the first clothes donation he had done in Windhoek, however he used to donate clothes regularly when he was based in Swakopmund.
Apart from working on his current album, The Point of No Return, which is scheduled to be released this October, Swart Baster also said he plans on doing the same for ill patients in hospitals to lift their spirits.
“I realised that as a person of influence I have to help my community as much as I can. I have to use my influence for good so I will not stop working with those who need my help,” he concluded.
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