“Protect Our Water” featuring the students of Tlakukani Primary School, Xolani Mhlanga aka Haikuu, Thabiso Thabethe, Tribute Mboweni, accompanied by instrumentalists Albert Craftsman, Ty Mpatsi, Gally Ngoveni, and Thulani Sithela. Recorded at Haikuu’s House in Pretoria, South Africa. Drums recorded at the Oakfields College Lynnwood Campus Studio. This song was produced in June 2018 to inspire action regarding sociopolitical disputes about the distribution and protection of dwindling clean water resources.
Shot on location at Haikuu’s House, Slovo Village, the #DefendWater Greenpeace Africa mural in downtown Johannesburg, and Pretoria National Botanical Gardens.
In recent years, the water infrastructure in Pretoria has aged to the point of irreversible leakages and contamination. This is alarming, considering billions of Rand are required in order to curtail this crisis. The population in the Gauteng region is growing by the thousands per month, adding further stress to the infrastructure. Also, according to Greenpeace Africa, the major South African mining companies aim to utilize more of the already decreasing water supply for their new mining initiatives, so the need to address this issue has become more urgent than ever and poses a massive threat to the future of the northern communities of South Africa. In this production, the artists from Pretoria share stories and warnings of the inescapable water crisis to come and urge listeners to increase and sustain their awareness, so as to prevent their beautiful landscape from becoming more desolate and arid.
Special thanks to Greenpeace Africa, Xolani for the constant hospitality and use of his house studio space, Quinton Ackerman and James from Oakfields College Lynnwood Campus for the use of the studio, Tlakukani Primary School, Project 23, Hanneke at X-Factor Crafts, and all the artists who gave us their time and creativity to make this happen.
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