On tour in East Africa with Samba Mapangala and his band Virunga: Destination Nairobi and Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar. The adventures continue with U.S. tour performances and studio recording.
From VipiAfrica.com: WWF teamed up with the much-loved Congolese musician Samba Mapangala and his Orchestra Virunga to work on a new conservation resource – one that drives home a positive message in an upbeat tune and uplifting tone. The song “Les Gorilles des Montagnes” focuses on why Mountain gorillas and their habitat in the Virunga landscape are important, emphasizing that they are the foundation of ecotourism, which will improve local livelihoods. It pays special tribute to the rangers and other conservationists of Virunga who dedicate their lives to protecting gorillas. The song was recorded in Swahili, the most commonly spoken language of the Virunga landscape.
Produced by Paul Ndiho, and also featuring guitarist John Bashengezi, and of course, the endangered mountain gorillas of Virunga National Park in Congo DRC.
CC Smith, editor/publisher/journalist for The Beat Magazine, public radio DJ and Africanist for 29 years. Since the closing of The Beat in 2009, I am now working with Afropop.org as Editor at Large, and also manager for Samba Mapangala and Orchestra Virunga.