By Admire Huni
RENOWNED American Musician Robert “Kool” Bell, who winded his tour of the country this Thursday together with his band, The Gang, has endorsed the envisaged Museum of African Liberation to be hosted by Zimbabwe.
The Grammy Award-winning musician disclosed his support for the Museum of African Liberation project after a sunrise breakfast meeting held at the site for the envisaged Pan-African structure in the Warren Park high density suburb in Harare this Friday.
One of Bell’s hit songs is ‘Celebrate’ which is still being played on most radio station across the world.
“My bass guitars which are in Washington DC are going to be housed in this museum. That is a big thing and that is great honour for me,” he expressed his gratitude.
Briefing the media after the breakfast meeting, Bell also revealed that the Junior Foundation has donated the original bronze sculpture of the late former world boxing champion, Muhammad Ali.
The miniature sculpture of Ali is expected to be officially handed over to the Institute of African Knowledge, INSTAK, on the 3rd of June, the day the late former world boxing champion passed on.
Ali is celebrated for winning 56 contests throughout his 21-year boxing career and also for speaking boldly against racial discrimination as well as advocating for freedom of worship.
He stood firm for the rights of black citizens in the United States of America.
During his last years, Ali made several humanitarian and charitable appearances across the world preaching the gospel of peace.
INSTAK Chief Executive Officer, Ambassador Kwame Muzawazi described Bell’s gesture and that of the Junior Foundation as a major milestone in terms of African Renaissance.
He said a section will be reserved for Muhammad Ali in the Museum of African Liberation as a way of celebrating his immense contribution towards the emancipation and advancement of black people.
“This signifies the success of the Museum of African Liberation Project. These are our sons and daughters who left the African soil some 500 years ago. They are now coming back home and we appreciate the gesture by our brothers who have planted a seed of solidarity between black American and African people”
Ambassador Muzawazi further implored Africans dotted around the world to grab this golden opportunity to reclaim their pride and the legacy of the forefathers.
The Museum of African Liberation project continues to attract support from Africa and beyond with 22 countries having endorsed it so far.
The major objectives of the Museum of African Liberation are documenting, preserving and protecting the history of African liberation struggles from an African perspective for present and future generations. The museum also seeks to celebrate African achievements dating back from the pre-colonial era.
By Admire Huni