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    • CommentAuthorleilakaas
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2010

    1. Senegal Surround Sound - Senegal
    Launched by Malaria No More in partnership with Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour, this advocacy and education initiative is designed to create a culture of insecticide-treated bednet (ITN) use and malaria treatment. N'Dour's song "Xeex Sibiru" tells the story of a young man who gets malaria and misses out on life. Collaborating artists on the track serve as voices of the community who instruct him that he knew better and should have protected himself with an ITN. The campaign launched with a concert performance by N'Dour and his band in Senegal in June 2009 to raise awareness. The song was recorded in 3 versions - Wolof, Pulaar, and Serere - and is being broadcast nationally and locally.
    Contact: Martin Edlund OR

    2. Wahapahapa - Tanzania
    Wahapahapa ("we originate here" in Swahili) centres around a 30-minute radio serial drama that explores key social issues around HIV/AIDS such as stigma, cross-generational sex, multiple concurrent partners, HIV testing, and treatment and care. To complement the radio drama series, the producers commissioned songs from 10 Tanzanian musicians. Inspired directly by the drama's characters, storylines, and themes, the songs feature lyrics intentionally designed to provoke discussion around sensitive issues. These songs, as well as others heard on the drama, have been released as compilation albums, and 8 music videos are being produced for use by community outreach programmes.
    Contact: Robert Karam

    3. Congo's Paraplegic Musicians: Lullabies of the Abandoned
    This October 2009 report describes the formation - in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - of a band called Staff Benda Bilili. Four paraplegic singers, disabled due to polio, formed the band after facing rejection by other musicians. Playing on home-made instruments, they produced their first album - "Très, Très Fort" - which has led to a tour of Europe and a film. Music has become not only a source of economic stability for these survivors, but also serves as a platform for messages on child vaccination and for the needs of the underclass of paraplegics whose disabilities have resulted from the breakdown in the administration of polio vaccine to the economically poor of the DRC.

    4. Stop AIDS Caravan - Cameroon
    Coordinated by the World Bank, the caravan addresses Cameroonian youth aged between 11 and 19, drawing on national and local pop stars as a vehicle to pass on messages in an effort to prevent HIV/AIDS. The programme presents entertaining activities to inspire young people to keep learning about and working to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS, travelling to where they are and developing appealing messages to fit the local context. The idea is to use music to deliver the message that HIV/AIDS is real and its burden heavy in a way that schoolchildren can relate to.
    Contact: Helene Pieume OR
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