DJ Shimza’s One Man Show
DJ Shimza's One Man Show (OMS) is back this Christmas. Founded by Ashley Raphala, aka DJ Shimza, the show is a charity event held in Tembisa every Christmas Day and is now in its seventh year.
It’s among the most anticipated annual events in Johannesburg, with a concept that tugs at the heartstrings.
Featuring the musical talents of the Channel O and Metro FM DJ, the show is an initiative that addresses the plight of children who head up households in Tembisa. Orphaned and vulnerable, these children have grown in number but have to date received little to no assistance from the government or the private sector.
Proceeds from the show help buy school uniforms and stationery for these underprivileged children. The show also helps with job creation in the area.
Seeing the growing need of the children of Tembisa, the then 20-year-old DJ Shimza hosted his first show in 2009.
Using his crowd-pulling skills, DJ Shimza attracted 800 people to his first event, roping in friends and colleagues to perform for fans at Mehlareng Stadium, Johannesburg And Reef every Christmas Day since.
OMS has been well received over the years and has featured the musical stylings of Big Nuz, Donald, Mi Casa, Zahara and many other big-name entertainers.
Last year there were more than 18 000 people in attendance,and this year that number is expected to increase.
DJ Shimza, in usual fashion, will also host a Christmas lunch for children who don’t have parents. He normally caters for 400 to 500 children, but this year will be catering for 1 000 children. He also aims to collect 1 000 brand-new pairs of school shoes for next year.
Since its inception, the initiative has had a positive influence on the children of Tembisa and the community as a whole, and DJ Shimza hopes it has an even larger impact in the coming years.
This year’s show promises to be a memorable one and tickets are available at Computicket for R150. VIP tickets cost R300. Tickets bought at the gate will cost R200 for general and R400 for VIP.
The show starts at 12pm, Christmas Day, 25 December. Under 18s, coolers, alcohol from outside and weapons are prohibited as a safety precaution.
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