A while ago I posted about this fantastic musical event being held in Bulawayo to celebrate the five large carnivores. The project has been two years in the making, involving 10 local schools and over 500 children, and the first performance of the song was just spectacular!
All agreed it was a perfect way to raise awareness of the animals, as well enhancing the music ability of the children, and the capacity of their music teachers.
Sadly, the project is almost over in Zimbabwe, with a final all encompassing afternoon event planned for the Intwasa Festival where the poetry and art submitted by children over the last 18months will be displayed and performed, a choral version of the music performed and visiting experts will give talks to the public about the five species.
But, fortunately, it wont end there! There is now a performance of the music planned for October in the UK, being organized by the Range Wide Programme for cheetah and wild dog conservation. We are hoping all this will help to raise the profile of these two unique species – something they very much need and deserve.
Full credit for all of this goes to Dr Netty Purchase, Southern African coordinator of the Range Wide Program, an incredibly energetic and resourceful person.
Have a look at this link on YouTube for a short video of the Song of the Carnivores…