HARARE – Veteran South African artiste PJ Powers justified her top billing with a classy performance at the Rhino Fest Three gig held at Old Georgians Sports Club in Harare on Saturday.
The 52-year-old musician electrified the bumper crowd by performing her old hits like Jabulani and There is an Answer during a concert that raised funds to support the country’s specialised anti-poaching dog unit.
It was a great performance by the South African star that took music fans down memory lane.
PJ Powers shared the stage with fellow South African artiste Ghapi and a host of local artistes who include Run Rhino Run singer Bud Cockcroft, Gary Stanley, Mackay, Public Nuisance, Amy & The Calamities, DJ Macson and DJ Frank.
PJ Powers, who revealed that she has visited Zimbabwe 38 times, told the Daily News that she was delighted to contribute to the raising of funds for Zimbabwe’s anti-poaching efforts.
“I have come to Zimbabwe to perform at this concert as well as to help raise money for the protection of our precious Rhinos from poachers.
“Something has to be done in order to combat the serious problem of Rhino poaching for the illegal horn trade that has become an international dilemma,” she said.
PJ Powers added that what made rhino poaching infuriating was the fact that the demand for the endangered animal’s horns was based on a fallacy.
“Demand for Rhino horns comes from the scientifically dismissed myth that there are medicinal and sexual enhancing capabilities inherent within the horn and it has been proven that there is no medicinal properties,” she said.
Concert organiser and musician Cockcroft, who also performed at the Rhino Fest Three gig, said the gig was part of efforts to raise funds to save rhinos from extinction by supporting a specialised dog unit called K9’s For Conservation that has been set up by Soul Trust.
“This concert is to help save our rhinos which continue to suffer from attacks by poachers. Specially trained dogs will be used on tracking operations in support of anti-poaching efforts nationwide,” said Cockcroft, who has consistently used his singing and song writing skills to further anti-poaching and conservation initiatives in Zimbabwe.
He added that there were four dogs that have been already trained so far in Bulawayo and are now in the forest tracking poachers.
“Our goal is to have 24 trained dogs, 24 kennels and handlers who will track poachers and they will be deployed to any area in Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority for anti-poaching operations,” said Cockcroft.