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Solange Knowles and Music for RAIN release “Kenya” to help tackle the problem of access to water across Africa

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In March 2009, the Coca-Cola Company announced that they would be committing US$30 Million to Clean Water Projects across Africa through the Coca-Cola Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN). At that time, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation had water projects in 19 African countries – Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Cote d’ Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia – reaching over 300,000 people.

The aim is to roll out the RAIN programme in various countries across Africa and provide at least 2 million Africans with clean water and sanitation by 2015. Since its launch, the programme has achieved positive results in various African countries including Rwanda, Uganda and Cameroun. The Coca Cola Africa Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) brings together business, local government, NGO’s and committed individuals to tackle the problem of access to water and sanitation in Africa.

To help raise awareness for this important cause (300 million Africans lack access to safe drinking water. Half of Africa’s population suffers from diseases related to unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation and by 2014 the number of Africans without access to water will increase by 47 million), Music for RAIN has been launched. Chris Taylor, Solange Knowles, Twin Shadow and director Natalie Johns came together to create “Kenya“, a donate to download track for RAIN.

A statement released by Music for RAIN confirms the reason for the initiative”We wanted to start a new conversation about water in Africa amongst our peers, one which we are all able to be a part of not only through contribution, but through learning about the solutions and leading by example to encourage others to commit“.

Solange added that “To me it inspires hope when it’s more upbeat and spirited, and I think that that is what the conversation should be about.

The money raised will go towards supporting the following RAIN partnerships with NGO’s on ground.

Check out the official video for the song and visit www.musicforrain.net to find out more, listen to the song and donate.

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RAIN is a laudable initiative that has achieved positive results over the years. Access to clean and safe water is still a major issue in Africa. You can do something to change this. Consider starting a project with friends to build a borehole in a community in need or donate to one of the established programmes such as RAIN and FACE Africa, the non-profit organization which brings clean and safe drinking water to communities in Liberia through partnerships with local communities, partner organizations and government agencies – www.faceafrica.org

26 Comments

  1. ij

    March 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    hope finally the money generated will reach the intended xx

  2. ij

    March 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    her voice is good as a backup…she is not up to lead……..beyonce rocks

    • Ready

      March 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      Mm-mm…no. This will not become yet another site for stans to display their mindless love. This song is obviously an understated activist song where Africa and its resources and its people’s plight are the focus….this rendition let point come across perfectly; if that other person had done it, that spotlight would be lost, and there would be more screaming…way more screaming.

    • Boondock

      March 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Not every one is for the overly dramatic vocals and gyration..solange rocks just as she is, being herself. what’s with everyone comparing her to beyonce…smh.

  3. Tiki

    March 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Yup..Solange, quit trying to be like beyoncé, just be urself and u’ll probably shine in your own way!
    That said, nice initiative!

  4. Tomi

    March 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Beyonce doesn’t fight for any major cause other than music… teh other day she was promoting Fela .. afellow musician…I wish I could see Beyonce use her fame and finance for at least one major cause.. im sure she gives to charity … But she can do more..Good Job Solange… Africa loves you..

  5. TRINAH

    March 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    omg, what is this?

  6. French Naira/Lady Gaga

    March 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    seriously???
    dnt expect much but theres somtig wrong they spend their time showing her skirt
    love u Soso but seriously???
    spent half of the first part begin ma self to hear u sing

  7. Kilonsparkles

    March 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    On the contrary, Solange and Beyonce have very different styles of music. Solange is a lot more retro than Bey. Even her fashion sense is.

  8. Bimbo

    March 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I love Solange – she is just solange and not trying tobe anyone else. She is real. She is very matured for her age. How is her cute lil son Julez – dont forget you have to reserve him for my future daughter. I truly respect the fact that she is not conforming to what society wants her to be. I love and respect her alot.

  9. Come on guys…why are we more focused on the song…I personally think the song rocks!We need to set our minds on the project and how it would provide endless life benefits to our fellow African brothers and Sisters….Let’s get real and stop being so trite.Good job and much love to The Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) and The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.

  10. NNENNE

    March 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Thank U Solange, RAIN and The Coca Cola African Foundation. God will strenghten ,see U through and give Africa leaders that will rule us with dedication,fore sight, knowledge, passion and zeal…. Amen!

  11. Chichi.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Nawaooooo!! Abeg dis na music?? Anyway da babe dey try. At least she’s helping people in need. But biko Bella Naija this no be song. Na organised musical Instrument arrangement!!……And was that a dog barking at the end????

    • oju

      March 16, 2011 at 4:15 am

      lol!!!!!!!u got me rolling on the floor laughing!!!!i was almost scared listening to this!hope I don’t get nightmares!!

    • Ncyluv

      March 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

      @Chichi try and understand the concept, the song is meant to pass a message across..

    • Africhic

      March 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

      But it would not be a bad idea if it sounds good as well as passes a message across at the same time :0

  12. C

    March 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Lovely!

  13. Boondock

    March 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Common, im sure the aim was to showcase africa not to judge on her singing or lack of it. i think she did a brilliant job to accompany the visuals…Less is more.

  14. bobbydox`

    March 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    very inspiring

  15. primrose

    March 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    i couldn’t hear a thing she was saying but i do like solange all the same

  16. October Girl

    March 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I don’t get why she is been compared to Beyonce. Kudos to her for her good intentions. At least she has better sense than her sister who participated in a derogative picture and performs for a dictator.

    • ..................

      March 17, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      what?!?! when did beyonce perform for a dictator?? she and other artists including mariah carey, usher and nelly furtado performed for his son. beyonce also donated the money when she found out the connection…pls get ur facts straight SMH

      good job SOLO!!!!!!!!!

  17. myHairmyBeauty.wordpress.com

    March 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I absolutely love her Turban, and her whole new afrocentric look.

  18. mbabazi

    March 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

    i love solange n her n beyonce r different./..

    • omonya joy

      March 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

      shes gud in her own way i guess

  19. melissa

    March 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    if u listen to this song over and over again… with a clear mind and no visuals… u’ll enjoy it… especially 2:17

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