08 Nov '11, 12pm

An International Music Festival in a Kenyan Slum Seeks to Protect Indigenous Tribes

An International Music Festival in a Kenyan Slum Seeks to Protect Indigenous Tribes

From controversial forest clearings for a Brazilian dam to the massive displacement of people by a Chinese hydroelectric project , large-scale hydropower is very far from the benign, renewable resource that some would have us believe it is. In Kenya and Ethiopia, as Jennifer has already reported, a battle is brewing over the gigantic Gibe III dam that is due to be built in southern Ethiopia. The project is projected to lead to salinization and lowered water tables in Lake Turkana, a crucial body of water for the indigenous tribes that live in the region. Now a group of artists, musicians and film-makers is hoping to raise awareness of the potential consequences of such a gigantic project. Organizing a music festival featuring international hip hop artists and some of Kenya's biggest musical stars, The Village Beat's "Slumchella" festival (yeah, I wasn't sure about the name...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/international-music-fes...

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