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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
[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...Read More
[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...Read More
[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...Read More
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!...Read More
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...Read More
Today I met with Abias Cavuvi, band leader of the soon-to-be Conservation Musicians Progresso. We set out a plan, and agreed to meet tomorrow to begin to compose a new tune about protecting and respecting the numerous rivers that radiate out from the Angolan highlands. Especially those heading south towards the Okavango Delta! Here’s a clip...Read More
It’s 4a.m. in Menongue, Angola. The stars are in full form this morning, the Milky Way extending towards the road that my colleagues will take out of the Angola today. If only the road were as smooth as the Via Láctea, as they call it here, perhaps they wouldn’t need to leave quite so early. The...Read More
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