One Campaign Musicians Rehearse at Blue House Productions Sound Stage

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ONE  is an international campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 6 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

When US and African leaders meet, it will be against a backdrop of a continent transforming at breakneck speed. On August 5th, ONE hosted a series of events at The Newseum in Washington, DC to coincide with the US-African Leaders Summit.

ONE brought over a group of top African artists to perform at the US Africa Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., this week. These musicians – D’banj, Omawumi Megbele, Fally Ipupa, Judith Sephuma, Wax Dey, Victoria Kimani, A.Y., Femi Kuti and Buffalo Souljah – were part of ONE’s Cocoa Na Chocolate video for our Do Agric campaign, and are representing their countries, the African youth culture and ONE at the Summit.

Blue House Productions’ sound stage is always available for use for rehearsals as well as recording video and audio.

We have the experience and capability to accommodate any requests for today’s musicians. Check out the links to the musicians at the bottom of the post as well as two different behind the scenes videos.

Cofounded by Bono, they raise public awareness and work with political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency so governments are accountable to their citizens. ONE works closely with African activists and policymakers as they fight corruption, promote poverty-fighting priorities, monitor the use of aid, and help build civil society and economic development.

One has a simple message: agriculture in Africa has the potential to provide food, create jobs and boost economies, but African leaders need to invest now.

Their pan-African campaign launched earlier this year, and so far over 100,000 people have signed the petition urging leaders to keep the promises they have already made to invest 10% of national budgets in agriculture.

The campaign also sets out to show young Africans that agriculture pays, and that farming can be cool.
D’Banj says,
“Through this song, we are calling on youths to go online and join ONE.org, to get more involved in agriculture, and to ask our governments to step up and improve agricultural investments, so that the youths can have a better chance of succeeding in it.”
The track features 11 different languages including Swahili, Pidgin, Shona and Xhosa, and each artist wrote their own verse. The lyrics of ‘Cocoa na Chocolate’, (Cocoa is Chocolate) talk about the importance of agriculture for Africa’s future and in the fight against extreme poverty.


 

One Campaign

ONE’s Cocoa Na Chocolate video

Blue House Productions Sound Stage

D’banj

Omawumi Megbele

Fally Ipupa

Judith Sephuma

Wax Dey

Victoria Kimani

A.Y.

Femi Kuti

Buffalo Souljah