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Suzan Kerunen in Cancer Benefit concert

Monday May 21 2012

Suzan Kerunen in Cancer Benefit concert


By Edgar R. Batte

Whereas other singers call on fans to support them in concert to launch their latest albums, Suzan Kerunen is doing it differently - she is tying a good cause to her concert.

She has a new seven-track album titled Acher Achera, which she will launch on Friday and use the event to raise funds for a good cause. Kerunen, Uganda’s official tourism ambassador says that this is a gift she is giving to Rotary and people of Uganda.

“The proceeds from the concert are going towards the completion of a two - floor Cancer Ward at St Raphael of St Francis, Nsambya Hospital,” she explains.

She adds, “For me, like you’ve always known, I do not do concerts to make money but with a cause. This album is a compilation of music I did while going through a delicate part of my life. So it music I wrote telling how I felt at the time.”

At the time of writing Acher Achera, Kerunen had just lost her dad, which was an emotionally difficult time. This album therefore came as a self-consolation.

“Acher Achera means that I have resurrected. I am paying tribute to my dad. He lost a battle to diabetes but his body had been eaten away like is the case with cancer patients. Cancer is very deadly,” Kerunen recollects. This is her third album.

The artiste, who has been nominated twice at the Kora awards, will perform alongside Michael Ouma, Jackie Chandiru and Benon.

She is collaborating with Rotary of Uganda for this concert, taking place at the Kampala Serena Hotel, this Friday.

“In our quest for continued service to the community, the Rotarians in Uganda are spear heading a drive to construct a breast, cervical and prostate cancer ward at St Francis Hospital, Nsambya,” says Stephen Mwanje, the Chairman of the Rotary in Uganda Cancer Programme and Past District Governor for District 9200.

Kerunen adds, “It is important for us to pool our resources and efforts to improve the care given to victims of cancer all over Uganda because it affects our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends.”

Entrance to the show is Shs100,000 for ordinary tickets and Shs250,000 for V.I.P tickets.