Hot Musicians Collaborate to Cool the Climate

BRISTOL, UK, October 31, 2006 (ENS) - A group of high profile bands – U2, the Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, Coldplay and Kaiser Chiefs - have collaborated with members of the Buena Vista Social Club to create a compilation album in support of the charity Artists Project Earth, APE, which funds natural disaster relief and climate change awareness.

APE's first music project, the album Rhythms del Mundo Cuba, will be released on November 13. For every album sold, money will be donated to Artists Project Earth.

Through music and the arts, Artists Project Earth aims to achieve permanent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; reducing them to levels which can be sustained, and which result in no further degradation of ecological systems and human livelihood.

APE recruits internationally known musicians and artists through albums, concerts, art exhibitions and art related projects to raise awareness of climate change and funds for campaigns and disaster relief.

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British multi-platinum singer-songwriter Dido performed at three of the Live 8 concerts on July 2, 2005 - performing in London, then at the Eden Project in Cornwall, before flying over to Paris to join that show. (Photo credit unknown)
The Rhythms del Mundo album features Sting, Maroon 5, and British singer-songwriter Dido, who said, "The incredibly obvious and real signs of global warming are all around us now. This is not an inevitable or irreversible situation yet. There is still time for each one of us to make the right choices and change the outcome. But time is definitely running out. This is not somebody else's problem. If you live in this world it's your responsibility to protect its future."

Hawaiian musician Jack Johnson, also featured on the album, said, "Short term upside - less jackets in the winter. Long term downside - a potentially uninhabitable environment due to our lack of awareness. Johnson

Jack Johnson has established the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to bring environmental education to Hawaiian elementary schools. (Photo courtesy Surfrider)
Every choice that we make as consumers sends a message. Buy from companies that are making a real effort to lessen their environmental impact. Support renewable energy whenever possible and put the pressure on your elected government officials to do the same."

Government is a key to solving the urgent issue of global warming, says Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. "We need a law, we need to have the government put climate change in its place," he said. If you leave industry to sort it out on a voluntary basis, that’s never going to happen."

The Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004 that left nearly 230,000 people dead and missing was the catalyst for the Rhythms del Mundo project, and APE says on its website that the Sundance Film Festival was the project's birthplace.

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The cover art for Rhythms del Mundo Cuba (Photo courtesy APE)
There, Kenny Young and the Berman Brothers hatched an idea to bring together members of the Buena Vista Social Club in a collaboration with Western artists to record popular familiar songs, fusing them with Latin rhythms.

The late Ibrahim Ferrer, who passed away in August 2005, a popular Afro-Cuban musician in Cuba and a member of the Buena Vista Social Club is featured on the album along with fellow Buena Vista Social Club member Omara Portuondo, a Cuban singer whose career has spanned half a century.

All the musicians associated with the Rhythms del Mundo project recognize the urgency of lowering greenhouse gas emissions now to limit global warming, which is already being felt in melting glaciers, heat waves and an increase in extreme weather events.

Nick Hodgson of the Kaiser Chiefs says, "The latest reports show there's only a decade before the effects of climate change on the world are irreversible. The disastrous consequences of this are far too great for a sound bite but put it this way, in 10 years there would be no polar bears!"

Visit www.apeuk.org and the album's official site http://www.rhythmsdelmundo.com where clips of the songs are offered.