Cole Porter tribute a HIV fundraiser in Byron Bay

21st November 2015 12:00 PM
Byron Bay singer Lisa Hunt. Byron Bay singer Lisa Hunt. Contributed

SOME of the region's finest musicians and singers will meet up to celebrate the songs of Cole Porter and raise awareness of World AIDS Day in Byron Bay.

World AIDS Day is recognised and observed by millions in more than 190 countries around the world every year on December 1.

Lisa Hunt, Parissa Bouas, Jimmy Dowling, Ilona Harker, Benhur, Shelly Hughes, Shai Shriki, Amber and Stukulele, with the amazing musical talents of Steve Russell, Thierry Fossemalle and Dave Sanders, are some of the artists confirmed for the gig.

American songwriter Cole Porter is one of the best-known songwriters for the Broadway musical stage.

Some of his hit musicals were Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady, Anything Goes, Can-Can and Silk Stockings.

His numerous hit songs include Night and Day, Begin the Beguine, Well, Did You Evah!, I've Got You Under My Skin and My Heart Belongs to Daddy, among others.

The money raised at the gig will be donated to Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK), a grassroots organisation run by women with HIV, to help women and children who are infected with the virus.

Around Africa and in Kenya, women and girls are at the highest risk of HIV infection.

UNAIDS reports that new infections keep increasing more rapidly among young African and Kenyan women aged between 15-24 years than their male counterparts.

Details about the work done by WOFAK in Kenya is available on their website http://www.wofak.or.ke/

At the Byron Theatre on Tuesday, December 1, from 7pm. $35.