Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Afro D All Starz provides the music for dancing and singer-songwriter Mike Hastings is the opener at a Thursday fundraiser. (Photos: top, Dickie Cummings; bottom, Weekly Dig)

Anyone who feels sheepish about “first-world problems” should enjoy the chance to take part in a first-world solution Thursday in Harvard Square: a fundraiser called Songs for Schools.

The nonprofit Room to Read, which focuses on literacy and gender equality in education in Africa and Asia, gets funding three ways at Thursday’s three-hour Songs for Schools party, including that the suggested donation of $3 to $10 to get in goes to the charity, as does the cost of entry to a raffle. Best yet, the more drunk visitors get, the more money the charity gets.

Tommy Doyle’s, the club hosting the party, will donate $1 to Room to Read for each beer bought, said Lisa Walker, the Harvard grad student behind the event.

Meanwhile, the Afro D All Starz provides the music for dancing — led by Afro DZ, alias multi-instrumentalist and hip-hop poet Pete Shungu and DJ Wembi (his Congolese name, which means “musician”) — and singer-songwriter Mike Hastings opens the show with a guitar set.

Afro D’s album “Elevate” can be sampled and bought here, and here’s a clip of the All Starz in action:

And Mike Hastings playing in Davis Square:


Room to Read operates in 10 countries in Asia and Africa, and Songs for Schools is billed as a celebration of it beginning work with children in its third African country, Tanzania. The event is scheduled to run from 7 to 10 p.m. at Tommy Doyle’s, 96 Winthrop St., Harvard Square.

Due to limited room capacity, free advance registration at Eventbrite is encouraged, Walker said. For information, Walker can e-mailed here.