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November 13, 2012

Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa

Coldplay, Beyoncé, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Sons, Plan B, Bruno Mars, REM and Fleet Foxes are just some of the superstar artists featured on this great release.

Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa’ is the latest project from Artists Project Earth (APE) and features high profile western and African musicians collaborating on exclusive African mixes of contemporary hits. APE travelled to Mali to record African musicians, Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate, Ali Farka Touré Band, and Rokia Traoré. Sessions also took place in Kenya, South Africa and Swaziland. Members of Miriam Makeba’s band and Senegalese musicians also added their brilliant musicianship to the collaborative tracks.

‘Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa’ is the long-awaited follow-up to the 2006 smash ‘Rhythms Del Mundo: Cuba’, its successor ‘Rhythms del Mundo: Classics’ in 2009, and 2011’s ‘Rhythms Del Mundo: Revival’, all of which were released in aid of the charity Artists Project Earth (APE).

Formed in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster in 2004, APE was the brainchild of founder Kenny Young and aims to raise awareness and funds for climate change and disaster relief projects.

To date the organization has mobilized some of the world’s biggest artists to help champion their cause and has provided funds to support over 300 projects worldwide, such as:

  • Reforestation initiatives in the UK, Africa, Mexico and Brazil
  • Wetland conservation in Uganda and orangutan conservation in Sumatra
  • No Tar Sands, Anti-Fracking and Biofuelwatch campaigns
  • A Special Award for the global Transition Towns movement
  • … and in times of need, to help alleviate those suffering from natural disasters.

Funds raised from this campaign will support organisations working throughout Africa to mitigate the impacts of climate change and drought.

Kenny Young, Founder and Trustee of Artists Project Earth said, “Artists Project Earth is funded entirely by sales of Rhythms Del Mundo albums. If you value our work addressing climate change and environmental justice, then please do make a donation to this good cause by purchasing a copy of our new album. Unlike most charitable donations, you get something tangible and enjoyable in return – as well as the knowledge that you are actively supporting some really well-respected organisations and projects. We are known as the ‘Fairy God-Funders’ of the climate change movement – please help us to continue spreading our magic!

Album Tracklisting:

1. Viva La Vida (Africa Mix) – Coldplay
2. I MissYou (Africa Mix) – Beyoncé
3. She Said (Africa Mix) – Plan B
4. I Need a Dollar (Africa Mix) – Aloe Blacc
5. Not Afraid (Africa Mix) – Eminem, TS1
6. Timshel (Africa Mix) – Mumford and Sons
7. Is This Love? – Rokia Traore
8. Under the Bridge (Africa Mix) – Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. Mykonos (Africa Mix) – Fleet Foxes
10. Losing My Religion (Africa Mix) – REM, Ali Farka Toure Band
11. I Am Because – Shanade
12. Grenade (Africa Mix) – Bruno Mars
13. John and Yoko – Rokia Traore

Check out the full video for COLDPLAY’s Viva La Vida #RhythmsDelMundo African reworking:

About Artists Project Earth:

APE has funded over 300 projects and awareness-raising initiatives around the world that combat climate change and develop local resilience and solutions to climate injustice – and it also gives emergency funding for natural disaster relief.

www.apeuk.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ArtistsProjectEarth

November 5, 2012

Oliver Mtukudzi at the Cape Town World Music Festival!

The first of its kind, The Cape Town World Music Festival will be an accessible inner-city music festival showcasing the best in World Music in a format that is crafted to enlighten, entertain and engage.

The festival is designed for enthusiastic fans of the genre, as well as hopes to attract a new culturally curious audience. Cape Town will experience 32 acts over 2 days, placed on four unique stages, each showcasing diverse music from across the globe.

From traditional and roots music to world dance music and modern world adaptations from all continents, the festival caters to all music lovers.

Spanning from Harrington Square to the Assembly and the Mahogany Room, the festival will feature: a main day/night live music stage with both local and international artists, a day time free stage, an intimate acoustic/listening space and a late night Nu World dance stage featuring the best of world dance music. The festival will also host a series of music and industry workshops as a build up to the main event, as well as host a day time local craft market, food stalls and bars on event days.

More information at http://capetownworldmusicfestival.com/