Song for Elephants “Tusimame” launched at US Ambassador’s Residence

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Wangari Maathai's daughter gives a speech. It was also Wangari Maathai day.

“Tusimame” a big tune about saving elephants was launched on Tuesday evening at the residence of the US Ambassador to Kenya.  Our very own Juliani Kenya teamed up with some of the region’s best artists including South Sudan’s Emmanuel Jal, Tanzania’s Vanessa Mdee and Congo’s Syssi Mananga to perform the song. The song is about Africa’s heritage and protecting our elephants.

In attendance were diplomats, government officials, NGO’s affiliated with wildlife and the media. There were many familiar faces from the local music scene including DJs and well known musicians.

The Tusimame event was hosted by Robert F. Godec, the US Ambassador to Kenya. In January he had also hosted another Elephant related event #tweet4Elephants. It was interesting to see the distinguished guests enjoying and dancing to the music as the song played. Later on Emmanuel Jal taught the guests a PG African version of the tweak and people had a great time dancing to the African beats.

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Sauti Sol’s Bien with Tanzanian songbird Vanessa Mdee
Wangari Maathai's daughter gives a speech. It was also Wangari Maathai day.
Wangari Maathai’s daughter gives a speech. It was also Wangari Maathai day.

 

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Some lovely save the Elephants queencakes
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Emmanuel Jal gets some people to jam including Ambassador Godec and Sauti Sol
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Juliani, Emmanuel Jal, Vanessa Mdee and Syssi Mananga performing Tusimame.
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DJ Moz in the house
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Emmanuel Jal performing some spoken word
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Brothers from different mothers – Emmanuel Jal and Juliani
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Juliani with Shiko and I.
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Emmanuel Jal with one of his biggest fans – me
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Emmanuel Jal, Shiko and I
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Emmanuel Jal leads Ambassasor Godec, Dr. Paula Kahumbu, Sauli Sol and some of the guests in dancing
Aaron Rimbui, Blinky Bill of Just a Band and Chris Adwar. Polycarp Otieno of Sauti Sol peeking at the back
Aaron Rimbui, Blinky Bill of Just a Band and Chris Adwar. Polycarp Otieno of Sauti Sol peeking at the back
People singing along to the music of Tusimame
People singing along to the music of Tusimame

 

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