Summit reached, gratitude, and new beginnings… please read!

Mission Accomplished!

All composition, recording, and filming for Expedition #K2K’s 13 songs and videos are complete, and we have successfully completed our sea to summit journey from Cape Town’s drying coast to Tanzania’s melting glacier. We are so grateful for all of the support we have received along the way, we could not have done this without you!

Here is a list of just a few things we have accomplished this year with your help:

    • 45,000+ photos taken
    • 20,000+ hours worked by 20+ volunteers
    • 400 days on the road
    • 260 hours of footage
    • 150+ supporting individuals and groups
    • 30 new artists/groups
    • 25 organizational partnerships
    • 22 Interviews
    • 20+ new volunteers from 13+ countries
    • 13 songs and 13 music videos
    • 12 terabytes of digital media
    • 9 countries impacted
    • 4 local chapters: Lesotho, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania
    • 4 international conferences – CGSS, EEASA, OYW, UNEA
    • 3 school visits
    • 2 community workshops
    • 1 hit song in Zambia, “Samalilani” comes on TV daily
    • 1 article on nationalgeographic.com
    • 1 article with Thomson Reuters Foundation, pending publication

Gratitude

We want to extend our deepest gratitude to all of the individuals and organizations on our route who have supported this long journey however they could. Please find a list of these incredible souls below. Friends and supporters abroad, you know who you are, and we love you!

Cape Town, South Africa
Africa Sun Studios
Amandla Development
Buck Rogers
Chuma Mgcoyi
Cuan Thomas
Devon Concar
Explore4Knowledge
Gershan Lombard
Greenpop
Jack Mantis
John Lucas
Misha Teasdale
Paulo Costa
Phil Pells
Rob Coutts
Susi Bayer
Yugesh Pillay

Lesotho
Conservation Music Lesotho
Lerato Lesoetsa
Mosa Theko
Professor Mokuku
Rebel Sol
Reekelitsoe Molapo
Village of Tlokoeng

eSwatini
Bholoja
Black Rhino
Buddy Masango
Bushfire Festival
Jiggs Thorne
Pachanga
Qibho Intalektual
Robert Grenoble
Sands
Smiles Makama
Toby Matoskah Allison
Velemseni

Gauteng, South Africa
Albert Craftsman
Gally Ngoveni
Haikuu
Hanneke Van Linge
Jake Taylor
Nosh Food Rescue
Thabiso Thabethe
Tribute “Birdie” Mboweni

Botswana
David Sandenbergh
Gaone Ranthloiwa
Helene Forward
Leeroy Nyoni
Matthew Lee Merritt
National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project
Old Bridge Backpackers
Patrick John
Stanley Kaseke
Stiger Sola
Tomeletso Sereetsi

Livingstone, Zambia
Frank Tyrol
Heather Coltman
Uncle Ben Mibenge
Wayne Emmanuel
Yes Rasta!

Hwange, Zimbabwe
African Bush Camps Foundation
Fadzai Muungani
Main Camp Primary School
Mambanje Community
Ms. Rebecca
Mwachayingwe
Polite Chipembere
Stanley Mutatisi
Tormenta

Harare, Zimbabwe
Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi (Rest In Peace)
Leroy Gora
Ngoma Nehosho
Tom Brickhill
Tuku Music
Walter Wanyanya

Lusaka, Zambia
African Education Program
Brian Mutale
Chanda ‘Chanx’ Musanya
Edwin ‘Nyno’ Kabeba
Elvie Njeka
James Sakala
Joy Mweemba
Julie-Anne Savarit-Cosenza
Maureen Lilanda
Mr. Champs
Pompi
Shaps Mutambo
Students of Amos Academy
Theresa N’gambi
Time Lyne Entertainments

Malawi
Faith Mussa
Farhai Masamba
Jeremiah Chigwenembe
Judah Mkandawire
Kelvin Before Gumbi
Kim of Diamonds
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust
Matthew Mphande
Ndaba Nyanda
Sangie
Suffix

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Beka Flavour
Jaymondy
Lucky Stone
Minister January Makamba
Nana Paul
One The Incredible
Shubert Mwarabu
Students of TaSUBa
Tania and Hamish Hamilton
TaSUBa College of Arts
Darsh Pandit
Wanene Entertainment

 

Zanzibar
Dhow Countries Music Academy
Dipesh Pabari
Finnegan Flint
Flipflopi Expedition
Lorenz Hermann
Sauti za Busara Festival
Siti and the Band
Stone Town Records
Yusuf Mahmoud

Arusha, Tanzania
CAC Fusion Band
Daz Naledge
Ellisha James
Michael Moshi
Mtingo Traditional Band
SUA Music Movement
Tumaini University
Makumira Cultural Arts Centre (CAC)

New Board Members

It is also our pleasure to introduce you to four new members of our global board of directors, helping our movement to grow in the most balanced and sustainable way possible for the next two years and beyond! If you are interested in a board position or know someone who would be a good fit, please don’t hesitate to reach out to info@conservationmusic.org.

Reekelitsoe Molapo

Reekelitsoe Molapo is a 25-year-old social entrepreneur from Lesotho with over 3 years’ experience in the field. She is an environmental activist who is passionate about education, sustainable development, and responsible production and consumption. She is versatile and multi-skilled; with training in research, entrepreneurship, energy, leadership, and African studies. In the past she has worked and volunteered with organisations like the Global Business Roundtable, MM-Holdings, World Vision, US Embassy and EU Maseru amongst many; which equipped her with various skills. She believes in sustainability and doing impactful business and this led her to found Alternatives Co; a green start-up that provides eco-packaging, biofuels, and clean energy gadgets.
Outside of her professional work, she works closely with Lesotho’s Ministry of Gender and Youth in their various youth programs and has co-founded Conservation Music Lesotho and Educate Your Peer Foundation which are organisations centered around community and youth development. She recently completed a short leadership course with the University of Cambridge and has plans to pursue studies in social entrepreneurship this year. She is a One Young World Ambassador, a Pitch at Palace Commonwealth alumni, a YALI RLC alumni, a Queen’s Young Leaders Awardee and a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Awardee.

Katie Kendall

Katie has 7 years of experience in helping organizations and businesses succeed to accomplish their business goals. Focusing predominantly on organizations in the Agriculture and Agribusiness sector, she has experience in research, project management, financial analysis, organizational coaching, and leadership coaching. Her educational background includes an Undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences, as well as a Masters degree in Agriculture Sciences, where she completed a research-based thesis on the use of crop waste to produce biofuels.

Currently, Katie is considering transitioning into a career in teaching with the hopes of having more flexibility and impact around the world. Her passion for international development led her to spend 2018 working as an advisor with Care International in Mozambique, where she advised on a 5-year Malnutrition project. This is where her path crossed with Conservation Music.
Katie is an ex-varsity level athlete, photographer, trained royal conservatory musician, and an avid public speaker and facilitator.

Jon Fleming

Jon has over 25 years of leadership and management experience inside Fortune 50 and start-up companies in wireless telecom, payments, media, advertising, and software. He has had executive leadership roles in strategy, marketing, sales, business development, product management, software development, and operations. Jon has extensive international experience managing in multi-cultural environments in Latin America, Western and Central Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  A Ten-year military veteran, Jon is a decorated USMC officer and aviator.

Currently the Vice President and Country Manager of Audible Canada (an Amazon company), he has responsibility for P/L, strategy, marketing, business development, operations, content acquisition, and programming development, and Corporate Social Responsibility.  Jon is also a founder and Chair of the Global Advisory Committee for James Madison University’s Center for Global Engagement, whose mission is to broaden worldviews and promote global understanding for the JMU community by cultivating, facilitating, and supporting global engagement at home and abroad.

Originally from Washington, D.C., Jon is a proud graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Foreign Languages.  He was also an International Management Fellow while obtaining a Masters of Business Administration from the Anderson School at UCLA.  Jon resides in Seattle, Washington with his wife and fourteen-year-old boy/girl twins.  They also have a son who is a freshman at JMU.  In his free time, Jon enjoys live music, open water swimming, watching Charlie’s Angels re-runs, and skiing.

Mac Thayer

Mac Thayer is the founder and executive director of New Business Associates, Startup Virginia, and the Junior Golf Scoreboard, a website designed to give players, parents, and coaches easy access to information on the world of competitive junior golf worldwide. He attended St. Lawrence University and served as an officer in the United States Navy before attending the renowned Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mac is an experienced business mentor and has previously chaired many boards.

As the chairman of the Conservation Music board, Mac brings to the table not only a wealth of experience and knowledge but also a great deal of passion to deal with Climate Change, which he sees as the greatest challenge of our time. Having witnessed the inspirational and catalytic power of music firsthand during the Vietnam protests, he has no doubt that music is an answer.

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This post was written by Charles Ross for Conservation Music

About Conservation Music

Our Musical Nonprofit For Conservation

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Conservation Music is on a mission to produce and promote musical media that educates listeners and viewers in conservation and sustainability, with an emphasis on rural developing communities, and to serve as a platform for similar efforts. Currently, the organization primarily collaborates with musicians throughout Southern Africa, catalyzing songs in local genres and local languages regarding local conservation issues in countries like Lesotho, Botswana, Angola, and more.

About the Editor

Alex Paullin

of Conservation Music

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After years of soul-searching and months in the African wilderness with the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project, musician and geographer Alex Paullin combined his foremost passions and founded Conservation Music, a non-profit aiming to foster a global culture of sustainability using music as the messenger. Throughout his life, he aims to expand the Conservation Music movement globally, in hopes that his lifetime will see and hear songs of conservation being sung throughout the world.


Field Notes: Expedition #K2K – The Mountain

We’re Back!

We have missed you! Here is where we’ve been and who we’ve worked with…we can’t wait to share the finished results with you soon! If you would like to contribute to Conservation Music‘s (CM) Expedition #K2K, please visit our Patreon page, where you can schedule monthly donations of any amount, or make a single donation via the button in the top right of our website.

“Samalilani” from Lusaka Goes Viral

  • Samalilani video is on National TV after the news daily in Zambia
  • Artists have attended frequent radio interviews and are preparing for 2 different TV programs
  • Song is on daily rotation on multiple radio stations
  • Online it has gathered hundreds of thousands of views, reactions, and comments
  • It has successfully spurred a national conversation on Climate Change

During the month of November, the CM movement joined forces with some of Lusaka’s foremost artists to create a truly special song and music video. From the start of the month, a team of talented vocalists and songwriters such as Shaps Mutambo, Theresa N’gambi, and the ever-popular James Sakala came together as a powerhouse of talent for the Earth. With the help of local producer and beatmaker Mr. Champs, these artists created an impactful and moving song that uses poignant storytelling to tackle local environmental issues such as tree cutting, charcoal burning, and water management, along with humanity’s neglect of such problems. Soon enough, the legendary singer Maureen Lilanda lent her voice and profound lyrics, as she sang of a past time of fellowship and regard for the earth. Shortly after, Zambia’s smash hit Pompi, the African Eagle, jumped in on the bridge with a heightened call to action, taking to the streets and rooftops, megaphone in hand, to awaken our Zambian brothers and sisters. The track, entitled Samalilani, is the culmination of multiple award-winning Zambian artists and the Conservation Music movement, coming together for the greater good, and is a prime example of what can be accomplished when people from all over the world put their heads together to create music for change in Zambia.

 

Lilongwe, Malawi

After wrapping up a fruitful eco-production in Lusaka, Zambia, the CM crew headed to the landlocked paradise, Lilongwe, Malawi. Despite its renowned beauty, the country is heavily impacted by climate change, causing pressing issues such as a drying lake that is overfished, frequent burning, rising temperatures, littering, and pollution. To highlight these points, we brought on Faith Mussa Official, KIM, Sangie Angel,  KBG – Nyalimuzik & Suffix. The music flowed while being inspired by the surrounding Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.

 

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

After departing from Malawi, CM headed to Tanzania, where the final three months of Expedition #K2K would be completed. Our first stop was Dar Es Salaam, where we worked with Shubert Mwarabu, Lucky Stone, Nana Paul, One The Incredible, Shubert Mwarabu, and Beka Flavour, Geline Gee Fuko. Big thanks to Wanene Studios for helping bring our eco-song “Mazingira” to life.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

With just two months left, CM headed to the island of Zanzibar to tell the tale of an island as a microcosm for our planet. Throughout the month, we worked closely with the super talented Siti and the Band. While bringing another eco-production to life, CM also connected with Stone Town Records, The Flipflopi Expedition, Sauti za Busara, UN Environment, and many others on the island!  Lastly, we would like to thank the super talented Shamsi Music from Nairobi for the onstage CM shout out at Sauti za Busara. Can’t wait to work with these guys in Kenya!

What’s Next? Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Here’s what is happening in the coming weeks as we wrap up the 13-month Expedition #K2K with a series of extremely special initiatives that you have made possible with us…

  • The stage is set for our 13th and final production all across the Kilimanjaro region, featuring underground rappers from Arusha town, members of Chagga and Maasai communities, and a special guest to be announced after the 16th! We will be covering topics like glacial melting due to climate change and soil abuse, littering, and deforestation.
  • Tomorrow we embark for the UN Environment Assembly, one of the biggest environmental summits in the world. We have been invited to speak up at dialogues, perform at an event, display our music videos, and represent our cause at a booth in the Sustainable Innovation Expo. Our delegation is composed of founder Alex Paullin, board member Mac Thayer, and CM Lesotho co-founder Reekelitsoe Molapo.
  • At the end of our final production, Conservation Music will complete our sea-to-summit expedition at Africa’s highest point… Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro. From drying coast to melting glacier.

None of this would be possible without your support… please stay tuned into our social channels Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin and if you are able, consider making a donation to help us complete Expedition #K2K, empower our new local chapters, finish our productions, and make it to the next step of our journey as we deepen our impact with dozens of incredible people in Africa and beyond.

Get Involved & Donate

Expedition #K2K is our third iteration of long-term fieldwork, and it is by far the most exciting. To learn more about CM, and to stay connected throughout the mission, please subscribe to our Newsletter below and follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube. If you would like to contribute to Expedition #K2K, please visit our Patreon page, where you can schedule monthly donations of any amount.

 

This post was written by Charles Ross for Conservation Music

About Conservation Music

Our Musical Nonprofit For Conservation

of Conservation Music

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin

info@conservationmusic.org

Conservation Music is on a mission to produce and promote musical media that educates listeners and viewers in conservation and sustainability, with an emphasis on rural developing communities, and to serve as a platform for similar efforts. Currently, the organization primarily collaborates with musicians throughout Southern Africa, catalyzing songs in local genres and local languages regarding local conservation issues in countries like Lesotho, Botswana, Angola, and more.

About the Editor

Alex Paullin

of Conservation Music

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin

info@conservationmusic.org

After years of soul-searching and months in the African wilderness with the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project, musician and geographer Alex Paullin combined his foremost passions and founded Conservation Music, a non-profit aiming to foster a global culture of sustainability using music as the messenger. Throughout his life, he aims to expand the Conservation Music movement globally, in hopes that his lifetime will see and hear songs of conservation being sung throughout the world.