Monday, 10 March 2014

Sober Hearts Africa founder and friend of South Sea, Zola Songo talks 'Chords for Compassion'

Sober Hearts Africa is a non-profit organization based in Durban,South Africa, that aims to inspire disadvantaged young people to reach their potential. We achieve this aim by engaging youth in music, film, recreational camps and team building workshops. 

The purpose of the 'Chords for Compassion' project is to create a life changing, perspective challenging experience for youth from diverse backgrounds. The project was inspired by the need to develop greater understanding and empathy within South African society. Our extended objective is to inspire the youth to engage more in the high of creativity rather than crime or drugs. We intend to unveil the power they all possess to create, despite their circumstances.

Music will be used as a therapeutic tool. Rather than emphasizing on a tangible musical output our main focus is to create collaborative relationships through a playful and open-minded setting. This way we will break down unfounded opinions and prejudice.

We will be collaborating with schools and teachers to involve South African youth between the ages of 14 and 16, from various racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. 

Watch the promo video here :


  • Our one-day workshops will include 20 participants from 4 different schools. 
  • The first session will consist of icebreakers and team building activities, in order to form trust and create an open, fun and inspiring atmosphere.
  • After a joint lunch break the teenagers will be split into two groups and tasked with writing and recording a song. A professional musician will facilitate the process of songwriting and recording. We will encourage simple musical elements such as beat-boxing, solos, rapping, a capella, clapping and any creative sounds the young musicians can come up with.
  • At the end of the workshop there will be a debrief session reviewing the accomplishment and the journey made.
Though we will impact the lives of the immediately involved participants and staff, we also want to spread the message further. We will do this by having all activities filmed and cut into a documentary, which will be available in the public domain. It will especially be useful for teachers and students nationwide in lessons such as arts and culture or life orientation.
The film will also be used for future fundraising in order to create a sustainable continuation of the workshops. 

Check out the Chords for Compassion campaign here:

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