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Eastern Equatoria state artists unite for peace

September 8, 2016 (TORIT) - Over 50 local artists in Imatong, one of South Sudan’s newly-created states, have resolved to form a new union to steer peace and unity among citizens across the state.

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Musicians performing in Jonglei capital Bor on September 6, 2015 (ST)

The artists, after nearly five hours of deliberations, elected Patrick Ohucoli as the new chairperson of Imatong State Artist Union (ISAU).

Speaking shortly after he was elected, Ohucoli promised to work hard to create peace and unity amongst all the artists within the state and the visiting partners from sisterly states and across borders.

He proposed that a concert be held every year to that the upcoming singers are promoted by those already in the industry.

The director-general in the state ministry of information, culture, youth and sports, Wani Kute Joseph assured the artists that government was working hard to resolve challenges facing artists.

He said the newly formed association of artists would make it easier for local musicians get support from donors and partners in the state.

“The organization will seek to develop unique talents and link artists beyond Torit and South Sudan borders,” said the director general.

Jacky Miss, a local artist, said the organisation will promote local events, facilitate interactive activities to keep youth off the street.

“It will most importantly create links between artists in Torit and South Sudan state capitals as well as the national town of Juba,” she said.

The new body, its officials said, will mainly organize events such as Miss Malaika, Talent Search and help stage Karaoke nights.

(ST)