NEW YORK – Safe Water Network is announcing their summer benefit concert on July 23 at the Fairfield Theatre Company in Fairfield, CT. Sponsored by Joanne Woodward-Newman and celebrating the philanthropic legacy of Safe Water Network founder Paul Newman, the benefit will directly fund access to safe drinking water in Ghana and feature the massively popular Ghanaian reggae singer Samini (pictured), performing with a full band from Ghana.
Bringing together the transformative power of music and life-changing access to safe water, this benefit will fund Safe Water Stations in Ghana, where 40 percent of the population still lacks this essential life need.
Safe Water Stations are small community businesses that improve health and create jobs in resource-poor communities while providing long-term access to safe drinking water. The revenue generated by a Safe Water Station pays its operators and creates a reserve for maintenance and repair, ensuring the system’s longevity and the community’s independence.
Currently nominated for MTV Africa’s 2015 Evolution award honoring Africa’s most-influential and iconic contemporary musicians, Samini blends Ghanaian Highlife, Jamaican Dancehall, Afro-pop, and American R&B for a unique soul-shaking “African Dancehall” reggae style that won him MTV Africa’s Artist of the Year in 2009.
Listen to Samini’s hit “Time Bomb” here:
Following sellout concerts across the United States (including SXSW) and Europe, Samini and his dynamic musicians will bring down the house in a rare opportunity to see this versatile star in an intimate setting — all benefiting safe drinking water in his native country.
Individual show tickets for the July 23 benefit concert may be purchased through the Fairfield Theatre Company website and range in price from $45 (for General Admission) to $150 (which includes VIP reception, premium seating, and Ghanaian gifts). VIP reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with the concert at 7:45 p.m.
“What is exciting about Safe Water Network’s approach is that it is truly sustainable.” – Kofi Annan, Former U.N. Secretary General, during a 2013 visit to a Safe Water Station in Ghana.
About Safe Water Network
Founded in 2006 by the actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, Safe Water Network envisions a world with thriving, healthy communities, each managing its own sustainable supply of safe drinking water. We build Safe Water Stations – small, locally operated businesses that provide reliable, affordable access to purified water while generating revenue for maintenance and future repair, ensuring the community’s independence and system’s sustainability while creating jobs and improving health in resource-poor communities. To date we have reached nearly 500,000 people in Africa and India, and will reach 1 million by 2017. Our long-term goal is to demonstrate the success of our systems at scale and build partnerships with others to enable broad-scale replication of the Safe Water Station model, ultimately reaching many millions more in need of safe drinking water around the world. To learn more about Safe Water Network, go to safewaternetwork.org.