Music is a new way being used to raise awareness about sustainable land management in the Sahel. The Sahel Desertification Network recently collaborated with three Sahelian artists: Joey the Soldier, Mariam Koné and Kildjate Moussa Algade.
BURKINA FASO – JOEY THE SOLDIER, A RAPPER FOR a POSITIVE MESSAGE
“Young people think that farming should be frowned upon; it is a question of mentality because agriculture has been undervalued. ”
Th son of a separatist militant and grandson of a Tirailleur (African soldier in the French Colonial army), his history and those he sings are intrinsically linked to this “Land of honest men”, Burkina Faso.
See clip at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSonp0C2_I8&t
And, making of the video: https://www.facebook.com/RASCAPRODUCTION/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1608252092567153
MALI – MARIAM KONE, how to LINK MODERNITY AND TRADITION
This singer-songwriter studied music in Bamako, Mali. The exchange programs in which she participated allowed her to perform in numerous shows around the world, before in 2012, winning the “Talents of the City” competition at the Niger Festival of Ségou, under the leadership of Cheick Tidiane Seck. This was then followed by her first album inspired by traditional instruments and combines French and Diaoula.
The fight against desertification is a constant struggle for Mariam Kone. She believes that this phenomenon affects the whole ecosystem. With one of the components being out of order, the whole agro-ecosystem is in turn affected. For her, the agro-ecosystem is a set of components that are all interrelated: water, trees, animals and if one is lost or disrupted, then it impacts the system in its entirety. We must therefore learn to see what is happening around us, to understand the change that is now underway to better combat the process of land impoverishment. Mariam Kone wants to raise people’s awareness through music.
Enjoy the clip at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFCX1h0zIKQ
And, making of the video: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RASCAPRODUCTION/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1724116394314055
NIGER – KILDJATE MOUSSA ALGADE, THE TRANSCEND OF THE DESERT
See clip at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy237U5oFnk
And, making of the video: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.964473223734750.1073741843.549482428567167&type=1&l=7fefc626f0
YOUTH IN DRYLANDS, INITIATORS OF THE RURAL WORLD OF TOMORROW
These video clips on sustainable land management were produced for civil society organizations active in rural communities in arid zones. It aims to enable them to provoke dialogue with the general population and especially with young people, so that they can give their vision of the rural world that want to see in the future .
These video clips were made as part of a project led by the Sahel Desertification Network (ReSaD). This network is coordinated by the CARI association. National platforms members of ReSaD each participated in the production of the clip from their country. GCoza for Mali, CNCOD for Niger and t SPONG for Burkina Faso.The GTD (the french branch of ReSaD) is currently exploring the possibility of making a further collaboration with a French artist.
More information about these artists (in French) and their stories at:
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