(Hollywood, CA): South Africa's pride Zola, the Kwaito hitmaker, TV host and costar of the Oscar winning film Tsotsi, will perform with Angelique Kidjo and Vusi Mahlasela in an all-star tribute to Brenda Fassi and Miriam Makeba on Saturday, July 1, 7 p.m. as part of Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell (9th Street and Prospect Park West in Park Slope, 718-855-7882 or www.celebratebrooklyn.org).
Zola returns to the U.S. to join Oxfam International in New York to lobby the United Nations for global controls on small arms trade during its Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit trade in Small arms and Light Weapons taking place June 26-July 7. Zola will speak June 26 in support of Oxfam's Control Arms campaign, a joint campaign with Amnesty and IANSA, focusing on getting the world to agree that weapons should not be sold to countries where there is a high risk they will fall into the hands of human rights abusers and war criminals. On June 28, he will perform at an Oxfam-staged concert in New York.
Growing up under apartheid and a product of the rough township from which he took his name, Zola has used his career to bring social injustice, poverty and violence out of the shadows to improve the lives of his fellow South Africans. Zola represented this struggle as an actor in Tsotsi, South Africa's Oscar-winning portrait of an angry young man living in a state of extreme urban deprivation.
This world pumps with the raw energy of Kwaito music, South Africa's answer to American hip hop, which is the style of music Zola is internationally known for performing. "Kwaito kids are made from hunger, abuse, no father, vi