Concert to raise money for documentary about African orphanage

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September 17, 2012 by Sarah M

//By Jeremy Zoss//

On Sept. 30, Kieran’s Irish Pub will host “Music for Malawi,” a benefit concert that will raise funds for a new documentary about an African orphanage. The event will feature music from bands such as The New Gruv, The Debuts and others, as well as a silent auction featuring items from the Minnesota Twins and other sports teams.

Funds raised during the event will go towards “Maji Zuwa,” a documentary about an orphanage in Malawi, Africa. Director Ben Blair, a veteran of the Children’s Theater Company, is working to raise $57,000 for travel and other basic expenses. Blair plans to spend a year at the Maji Zuwa guest lodge and orphanage, which was founded by Blair’s friend Matt Maroon. Visitors to Maji Zuwa spend their time on volunteer projects such as building schools, feeding orphans, working in clinics and more.

Malawi has a population of 15 million people and a median age of 17. Over 1 million of Malawi’s residents are young orphans.

“When Matt (Maroon) told me some of the stories about the children he was working with and the lengths they have to go through to survive, I decided I had to do something. Making this film is how I can help,” said Blair in a statement. “Small amounts of funding and time make a huge impact to the lives of children in Malawi, providing survival basics and also education.”

Doors for the Music for Malawi benefit concert open at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 at Kieran’s Irish Pub, 601 1st Ave. N. The show starts at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $20 is recommended. Advance tickets can be found online at


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