An official Live Launching of ‘Africa Celebrates Phumi Maduna’ was officially launched over the weekend signifying a breakthrough on the all-male dominated genre of Reggae Music.
The Live Launching brought together all women in the Reggae Music movement from the entire African continent and abroad including Papua New Giunea’s very own sensational music artist ‘Danielle’.
Sister Phumi Maduna, who is the first African woman to venture into the genre of Reggae said the focus of the whole movement is to promote and empower women in Reggae.
“I feel so great and I feel so proud for all the women in Reggae looking up to me to lift them up and I am so thankful to God above because being celebrated by women in Reggae in the whole African continent and the world at large is a success and I cannot explain the feeling that I have right now,” said Phumi.
Phumi said to all women who are a part of the Maduna regime, “I love all your music and all the lyrics that have a lot of great sense and meaning.”
There are a lot of songs on the ‘Africa Celebrates Phumi’ Album which the Reggae sensation said are all beautiful, however she said her most favorite song on the album is ‘Correct Me If I’m Wrong’.
“It (Correct me if I’m wrong) is my most favorite song because the lyrics explain that I am the first woman who challenged and faced Reggae music right here in South Africa because where I grew up, Reggae is a male dominated genre of music,” Phumi said.
She added that she really loved this track because it explained how she paved the way for other women interested in Reggae to be bold as well and to venture into Reggae Music.
Over 20 Reggae tracks were submitted from women in Reggae around the globe which were played during the official momentous launching.
Papua New Guinea’s very own songstress, Danielle Morgan said that she is so proud to be a part of the regime and to represent Papua New Guinea amongst all the other beautiful women in Reggae.
“We are all so delighted to have a beloved sister as we celebrate our African Mama of Reggae”, said Phumi.
Phumi said that when she ventured into the Reggae genre, she became popular in some parts of the globe and this is just the first attempt of her first Reggae album which has proven to be so successful.
“To conquer in this world, women out there or every aspiring artist in Papua New Guinea and around the world, you have to set your dreams or your goals, you have to be focused, stay calm, stay in your lane and don’t be everywhere,” said Phumi.
She added that, “as an artist, when you are everywhere with your music, you will not achieve anything so you must be stable, focused and do one thing repeatedly until God himself answers your prayers.”
“Don’t forget to pray and commit your plans to God and you will see your goals fulfilled,” the Reggae artist added.
Phumi also used the avenue to send a strong message out to all the men out there who continue to abuse women that enough is enough and that abuse must come to an end somehow.
“Stop abusing women and children and that is the message I want to strongly pass on to everyone,” said Phumi.
She added that abuse is not good and one of the important things she is focusing on right now is advocating to end Gender Based Violence and is urging all men out there to stop killing women and children as she believes that every woman and child deserves to live in a safe nation.
The women in Reggae Genre is alive and kicking thanks to artists like Sister Phumi Maduna of South Africa.
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