Nine of Africa’s most talented artists have come together to create a new anthem that celebrates the power of girls and women everywhere. It’s called, “Strong Girl.”
The song is incredible. The nine female vocalists are Victoria Kimani, Vanessa Mdee, Arielle T, Gabriela, Judith Sephuma, Waje, Selmor Mtukudzi, Yemi Alade and, in her debut performance, Blessing. Nigerian actress Omotola stars alongside them in the video. They’ve come together to share one message: empower girls and women in the poorest countries, so they can lift their own communities out of poverty.
The Poverty Is Sexist campaign launched on International Women’s Day this year, and so far over 115,000 people around the world have signed the petition telling world leaders to act now to help girls and women reach their full potential. The campaign and song emphasise why women and girls are important to the fight to end extreme poverty. The song includes artists from 7 countries, each artist contributing in the writing of the verses. The lyrics of “Strong Girl” call out the importance of standing with girls and women every- where. All over the world, girls and women are showing their strength and achieving extraordinary things, despite the barriers they face. It’s time to stand with girls and women, because together we’re stronger.
Selmor Mtukudzi is an Afro Jazz artist who has a very fine and incomparable voice that has proved to be a successful and well-recognized brand. In addition to her vocal talent, Selmor has mastered the art of playing hosho and mbira which is complemented by her mhande dance moves. She is the 3rd born daughter in her family and cannot avoid the fact that she is born into a legendary music bloodstream, her father being the Zimbabwean superstar Oliver Mtukudzi. She started singing at a tender age of 10 which saw her appearing in local films and dramas such as,” I Am The Future”, which featured at local cinemas. Selmor has performed with local jazz bands such as Tanga Wekwa Sando, Kwekwe band, Jabavu drive, and Pax Afro. She has also shared the stage with international artists such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Tsepo Tshola. Selmor has toured various countries such as The United Kingdom, Finland, Namibia, and South Africa.
Selmor’s destiny and firm belonging to the musical craft was somewhat sealed by her marriage into yet another legendary music family. With her veteran guitarist husband, of 6 years, Tendai Manatsa, they have 3 children who are already proving to be musically talented. Against this background, music is the daily bread of the family which unites them even more and has been the platform for them to build their music careers. Selmor Mtukudzi had been working closely with her husband as a duet until December 2012 when they decided to separate the two artists to allow each one to stand on their own.
Joining the global surge of solidarity that’s starting in Africa and championed by our amazing African women and spreading around the world. But it can’t stop there – we need the help of world leaders to put girls and women at the heart of the development agenda this year. If we stand #WithStrongGirls and women, we could end extreme poverty for good.
You can join the worldwide campaign in one of three ways:
- Post your power pose photo on social media, tagging the strong women
in your life and using the #WithStrongGirls hashtag.
- Sign our Poverty Is Sexist petition for world leaders to deliver real change.
- Watch and share the ‘Strong Girl’ music video on YouTube.