Malawian rapper, Pop Dogg, based in Ireland has extended his passion for the mic to raise funds for destitute and orphaned children in his home country, setting strides for other artists to emulate.
Apart from the orphans, Pop Dogg among Malawians in Ireland who are working hard to assist various community-based organizations in the fight against the HIV/Aids pandemic.
The rapper, real name Ibrahim Hadji aka Bwampini, recently performed in Ireland’s capital city Dublin to source funds for the Agape Orphanage Care Centre in Lilongwe and Phalombe’s Likulezi HIV/AIDS project.
In an interview with Nyasa Times, Popp Dogg could not mince words on his passion to rap for destitute kids and raise funds to assist in the fight against the pandemic.
“I got myself involved in these fundraising shows for Malawi because am very passionate about doing something positive to elevate my people,” said the award-winning hip-hop artist who is also a songwriter and producer.
The rhymester added that being a Malawian rapper who is representing his country in Ireland, he is setting a good example to his fellow artists, saying “it’s not about doing shows for money.”
“You can also do shows for a great cause to help those in need. I promoted both shows to get a huge crowd; I did not get anything because I want to make a difference in other people’s lives,” he explained. “I also would love to do shows like these in Malawi.”
The former Lilongwe MC further said his presence at the event brought a lot of people and it made people believe that music is a universal language as people were entertained to Malawian lyrics.
Agape Orphanage Care Centre is led by Patricia Mendes Mzumara but was founded by Dianne Block after she visited Malawi last summer and saw the evacuation of 93 orphans from an eight-bedroom house in area 47 sector 5.
“She saw a need and decided to be involved and mobilize community organizations, individuals to raise funds for the Orphanage, which made her to come back to Ireland with a burning desire to do something.
“As Malawians we have to do something to work hand-in-hand with the people that have the desire to help our nation,” said Popp Dogg.
The fundraisers managed to raise 3,500 Euros (about K780,000) with pledges, and according to the artist, other people promised to buy the orphans mattresses and other valuable items to be used in the care centre.