On October 8, 2018, the United Nations released a summary of 6,000 global climate science reports, compiled by nearly 100 experts, each having undergone review by hundreds more scientists before publication.

This report has told us that if humankind’s way of life is not overhauled into sustainability in 11 years’ time, come 2030, we will face irreversible catastrophes of drought, floods, storms, disease, and subsequent migrations. These are likely to lead to increased human trafficking, exploitation, and abuse, among a host of other health and humanitarian issues. The music industry must act, as must every individual listening.

During the month of November, the Conservation Music 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 beat maker 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 roof tops, 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.

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