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Audio: Talib Kweli, Zap Mama, Zolani, Jabulani+ Angélique Kidjo 'People Power'


350.org is using the voices of some incredible African artists to raise awareness about the climate crisis. For their Radiowave project, they've enlisted Marcina Arnold (South Africa), Marie Daulne (Zap Mama -Democratic Republic of Congo/Belgium), KGzm (South Africa), Angélique Kidjo (Benin), Zolani Mahola (South Africa), Busi Moreng (South Africa), Eugene Skeef (South Africa), Ahmed Soultan (Morocco), Jabulani Tsambo (Hip Hop Pantsula - South Africa) and Okayplayer fam Talib Kweli to "create a song that both tells the truth about how hard climate change is affecting Africa and that also inspires people to join together to create a brighter future for everyone." Stream and download "People Power" below!

Everyone is invited to remix the song to creatively reflect their community. All remixes will be entered into a contest and the top track will be featured on MTV International on Dec. 9. Click here for more information on the contest and the Radiowave project.

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