America-based Ghanaian recording artist, gender and leadership specialist, activist, coach/mentor and facilitator, Maame Afon, is out with a vibrant new song collaboration with Ivy Hollys titled, “Right Here, Right Now Africa”.
In 2017, during a session Maame Afon was facilitating at the MasterCard Foundation Baobab Summit for African Secondary Scholars, she challenged the young audience to boldly operate in their unique talents and gifts.
Ivy Hollys, a high school student from Ghana at the time, was inspired to write what would become the genesis of this song.
Two years later, through consistent mentorship and collaboration, they are launching “Right Here, Right Now Africa” as an anthem to commemorate Africa Day, empower people, celebrate their gifts and unleash their potential.
As an internationally recognized thought leader, mentor and passionate advocate for women’s right, leadership, and development, Maame Afon is keen on amplifying voices and she models this by using her own voice as a dynamic singer and recording artiste.
Maame affirms the power of music as a catalyst for change, for movement-building and for promoting philanthropy.
She writes, “the times when I have woven music into social justice related programs, like at the African Feminist Forum, MasterCard Foundation Baobab Summit, Caribbean Heritage Organization’s Salute to Hollywood and the Arts, Global Fund for Women and African Women’s Development Fund programs, I have noticed a shift, an uplifting experience, soothing of the heart and refreshing energy to move forward with determination, renewed zeal and passion.
Simple songs calling people to action remain on the lips of many and eventually become an anthem, a connecting factor to others, with a simple message of hope and inspiration in service to social change and justice.”
In speaking with both Maame Afon and Ivy Hollys about their experience and journey collaborating to create this new anthem, it is clear how music by itself can mobilize people to take action at all levels for meaningful and transformative change.
RightNOWAfrica will connect to ongoing efforts to shift the narrative about Africa, providing other avenues to express and visualize Mama Africa unchained, flourishing and soaring high.
Right Here Right Now Africa is available on all major music streaming and download platforms.