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05
Mar

A Harmonious Resistance Creates Global Solidarity for Standing Rock

A Harmonious Resistance For more than a year, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been at war with natural gas’s close comrade, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), over the development of the controversial $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which has frequently been referred to as “DAPL.” (Many resistance members call it “the Black Snake.”) The approved project...
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15
Feb

How Music Inspires and Empowers Rural Africans to Steward Their Environment

The Power Of Music We all have a song that we never forget. Maybe it carried us through tough times. Or perhaps it reminds us of good times we’ve had. It may have taught us an important lesson… maybe even at just the right time in our life. Whatever the reason, it stays with us....
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24
Jan

On Returning to America

It’s been two months since I arrived near Washington, D.C. to be greeted by my family. This has been a tumultuous time in America. Civil liberties are churning, ebbing and flowing as outraged citizens march to protect them and an unwilling government seeks to rescind them. National lands being made ripe for the picking by...
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31
Aug

CMP Month In Review : August 2016

Featured Photo by Thalefang Charles for Cross Okavango Delta Expedition. Okavango, Okavango, Okavango… The Conservation Music Project glided into August aboard a mokoro, a week after launching from its birthplace of Seronga with the Cross Okavango Delta Expedition (CODE) on July 25th. It was a scramble to reset and repack in Johannesburg after arriving from...
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29
Jul

The Elephants’ Playground

As soon as we beached on this island I named it the elephants’ playground… Dozens of tall, regal, royal fan palms dot the place, evermore dotting the ground with their fruit. I tasted this palm fruit today, which lived its life high off the ground, tucked away between its crunchy outer shell and the large...
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08
May

On Leaving Angola

[fbvideo link=”https://www.facebook.com/alex.paullin/videos/10207950653056548/” width=”500″ height=”400″ onlyvideo=”1″]   Finally, some time for reflection. Beginning with where to begin… The last few weeks in Angola were a little bit hectic. To begin with, it’s a difficult country to work in for myriad reasons that need not be listed here. Suffice it to say that aligning and maintaining a group schedule...
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03
May

CMP Fundraiser 2016

[fbvideo link=”https://www.facebook.com/conservationmusicproject/videos/1730779300531670/” width=”500″ height=”400″ onlyvideo=”1″] Dear Friend, We’ve been very busy here in Africa, from Lesotho to Botswana and Angola. Along the way, I’ve been fortunate to realize my current life’s calling – using music to encourage conservation in developing countries! Together, myself and many talented players from Lesotho, Botswana, and Angola are collaborating to...
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23
Apr

Happy Earth Day!

[fbvideo link=”https://web.facebook.com/conservationmusicproject/videos/1726916147584652/” width=”462″ height=”” onlyvideo=”1″]   From all of us here in Angola, HAPPY EARTH DAY! A day to reflect on our nature as humans, and what we can do to help nurture it. We hope you enjoy this quick 1-minute clip of the work we’ve been doing here! The Conservation Music Project is founded...
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15
Apr

Gravação de Amanhã – Recording's Eve

Hey! The past few days have been a bit slower production-wise, mainly on account of the various band members’ day jobs. Not to worry, though, I’ve spent that time improving my audiovisual knowledge and practices, as well as beginning to map out our first upcoming video! On that note, we’re recording our first track tomorrow!...
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11
Apr

Primeira Composição com a banda "Progresso"

Today went well. It started with myself and Abias, lead composer and keys player for the local band Progresso. After a quick jam to break the ice and a couple of phone calls, we had a couple of other composition-minded individuals with us, each with different strengths. I enjoyed getting to know the different roles these guys could...
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