Eddy Kenzo visits Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Vancouver, BC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories – The African Descent Society of BC, in collaboration with Carnegie African Descent Group are pleased to introduce to Vancouver, Africa’s rising star Eddy Kenzo.
What: Press conference with Eddy Kenzo
Where: Outside Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main St, Vancouver
When: July 19, Thursday, 3 pm
Edrisah Musuuza, popularly known as Eddy Kenzo is a Ugandan native whose life story is nothing short of magical.
At the tender age of 4, Eddy lost his mother who meant the world to him. He was forced into living as a street kid for more than 13 years. He did not know where his father was, As a homeless child, Eddy learned to survive on the streets on his own.
That’s where he developed the talent of weaving life stories into dancing, singing and entertaining the public. Eddy’s popularity has earned him a variety of awards, including BET Prize international viewers' choice award (2015), his popularity caught on like bush-fire, Masaka, to Kampala, to global audiences especially among the millennials. It’s hard to listen to his music standing still.
For Eddy, the streets were his education; he leant a lot from the street and is grateful for everyone who has helped him along the way. In Vancouver, he will be with Ghetto Kids, a group that he has formed to dance and tour with him. While in Vancouver, Eddy wanted to visit DTES and learn about the impact of poverty in what is known as Canada’s poorest postal code.
“We are delighted to introduce Eddy to the Vancouver audience in celebration of 160 years people of African descent have been in British Columbia”, says Yasin Karega of ADSBC. “United Nations declared this decade to be the decade of People of African Descent. This festival was designed to promote African culture in Vancouver. We are pleased to be able to share Eddy’s talent with the audience at Carnegie Theater.”
Here is a quick run down of Kenzo's schedule in Vancouver:
- Thursday, gentrification tour in the Downtown eastside, followed by a press conference ar 3 pm outside Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main Street, Vancouver. A conversation and a flavor of his talent and the Ghetto kids to kick of the conversation from 3:30pm - 5:30pm.
- Friday, 5:00 pm a dialogue panel on Recognition, Justice and Development, at SFU-HC 555 W Hastings, Vancouver
- Saturday and Sunday, African Descent Festival at Thorton Park, Terminal Skytrain Station from 10am to 8pm.
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About Carnegie African Descent Group
The Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) is a project of the board of the Carnegie Community Centre Association. CCAP works mostly on housing, income, and land use issues in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver so that the area can remain a low-income friendly community. The Carnegie African Descent Group (CADG) has the same mandate as CCAP, but with a particular focus on issues that Black and African Descent community members experience.
Lama Mugabo, Carnegie African Descent Group
Yasin Karenga, African Descent Society of BC