Coldplay, Beyoncé, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Sons, Plan B, Bruno Mars, REM and Fleet Foxes are just some of the superstar artists featured on this great release.
‘Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa’ is the latest project from Artists Project Earth(APE) and features high profile western and African musicians collaborating on exclusive African mixes of contemporary hits. APE travelled to Mali to record African musicians, Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate, Ali Farka Touré Band, and Rokia Traoré. Sessions also took place in Kenya, South Africa and Swaziland. Members of Miriam Makeba’s band and Senegalese musicians also added their brilliant musicianship to the collaborative tracks.
‘Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa’ is the long-awaited follow-up to the 2006 smash ‘Rhythms Del Mundo: Cuba’, its successor ‘Rhythms del Mundo: Classics’ in 2009, and 2011’s ‘Rhythms Del Mundo: Revival’, all of which were released in aid of the charity Artists Project Earth (APE).
Formed in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster in 2004, APE was the brainchild of founder Kenny Young and aims to raise awareness and funds for climate change and disaster relief projects.
To date the organization has mobilized some of the world’s biggest artists to help champion their cause and has provided funds to support over 300 projects worldwide, such as:
Reforestation initiatives in the UK, Africa, Mexico and Brazil
Wetland conservation in Uganda and orangutan conservation in Sumatra
No Tar Sands, Anti-Fracking and Biofuelwatch campaigns
A Special Award for the global Transition Towns movement
… and in times of need, to help alleviate those suffering from natural disasters.
Funds raised from this campaign will support organisations working throughout Africa to mitigate the impacts of climate change and drought.
Kenny Young, Founder and Trustee of Artists Project Earth said, “Artists Project Earth is funded entirely by sales of Rhythms Del Mundo albums. If you value our work addressing climate change and environmental justice, then please do make a donation to this good cause by purchasing a copy of our new album. Unlike most charitable donations, you get something tangible and enjoyable in return – as well as the knowledge that you are actively supporting some really well-respected organisations and projects. We are known as the ‘Fairy God-Funders’ of the climate change movement – please help us to continue spreading our magic!”
1. Viva La Vida (Africa Mix) – Coldplay
2. I MissYou (Africa Mix) – Beyoncé
3. She Said (Africa Mix) – Plan B
4. I Need a Dollar (Africa Mix) – Aloe Blacc
5. Not Afraid (Africa Mix) – Eminem, TS1
6. Timshel (Africa Mix) – Mumford and Sons
7. Is This Love? – Rokia Traore
8. Under the Bridge (Africa Mix) – Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. Mykonos (Africa Mix) – Fleet Foxes
10. Losing My Religion (Africa Mix) – REM, Ali Farka Toure Band
11. I Am Because – Shanade
12. Grenade (Africa Mix) – Bruno Mars
13. John and Yoko – Rokia Traore
Check out the full video for COLDPLAY’s Viva La Vida #RhythmsDelMundo African reworking:
About Artists Project Earth:
APE has funded over 300 projects and awareness-raising initiatives around the world that combat climate change and develop local resilience and solutions to climate injustice – and it also gives emergency funding for natural disaster relief.
For the first time in 16 years, Manu Dibango goes into the studio to create, compose and record new music. He is surrounded by the new generation of talented artists from around the world, such as Wayne Beckford, Passi, Oum, Pit Baccardi, Safehaus etc… Manu has captured each of their musical universes, which gives the album a unique sound. It’s already a classical album in the long and prestigious musical catalogue of Manu Dibango. Past Present Future, the new studio album by Manu Dibango, is a mix of pop – afrofunk – soul – hip hop – electro rock and jazz. A novel album reflecting the changing musical times. Engaged and groovy!
Manu Dibango is the first artist with African origins to be number 1 on the US Billboard with the planetary hit Soul Makossa, recorded in 1972. Rihanna, Jay-Z, Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, Akon, Will Smith, Kanye West, Milli Vanilli. Fugees, Wyclef Jean, Mark Wahlberg, A Tribe Called Quest and of course The King of Pop himself Michael Jackson are on the long list of artists who have sampled Manu Dibango. Manu has released over 35 albums.
Manu Dibango is Cameroon’s, and perhaps Africa’s, best-known jazz saxophonist. Starting in the 1950s, he became a globe-trotting musician, living and performing in France, Belgium, Jamaica, Zaire, and Cote d’Ivoire, as well as in Cameroon. In 1960, Dibango was one of the founding members of the Zairean band African Jazz. World attention came to Dibango with the release in 1972 of Soul Makossa. Dibango’s output has been prodigious and multi-faceted. He has worked with musicians such as Fela Kuti, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Don Cherry, and the Fania All-Stars. He served as the first chairman of the Cameroon Music Corporation and was appointed a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2004.
Manu Dibango performs at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz on the Conga Stage on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25.