The United Nations collaborates with top Sahelian artists to produce The Sahel Song – a five-minute vocal and instrumental composition that draws attention to the ongoing crisis in the Sahel and the resilience of its people. 11 October 2021: Today, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and Sahelian artists Vieux Farka Touré (Mali), Amadou and Mariam (Mali), Oumy Gueye (Senegal), Tal National (Niger), Songhoy Blues (Mali) and Bassekou Kouyate (Mali) launched The Sahel Song.This five-minute, one-of-a-kind composition brings attention to the crisis in the Sahel, while highlighting the region’s rich musical heritage.The Sahel crisis is one of the world’s fastest-growing emergencies. This year, almost 29 million people need life-saving assistance and protection — that’s 5 million more people than last year. “This song celebrates the persistent resilience, generosity, solidarity and strength that Sahelians continue to display despite the crisis that surrounds them, as well as their vibrant music and cultural heritage,” said Bounena Sidi Mouhamed, Deputy Head of UN OCHA’s Regional Office for West and Central Africa. Mr. Vieux Farka Touré, a well-respected Malian musician and strong advocate for the Sahel, agreed to write, produce and record the song. Noteworthy Sahelian musicians from across […]
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