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|Ghanaian musician Samini performs a newly recorded version of the ‘Clean Water’ song, which has recently been translated into four local languages.|
By Junko Mitani
ACCRA, Ghana, 10 January 2008 – To mark World Water Day in March of last year, a song called ‘Clean Water’ was recorded by two of Ghana's most popular musicians, Rocky Dawuni and Samini. Produced in collaboration with UNICEF, the song drew attention to the plight of people in need of safe drinking water.
Now, as people in Ghana continue to recover after devastating floods, Rocky Dawuni and Samini have re-recorded the song into four local languages in an effort to reach people living in more rural, flood-affected areas.
“Rocky and Samini have brought much attention to water, hygiene and sanitation through their song,” said UNICEF Ghana Water and Sanitation Specialist for Michael Forson. “It’s important to continue this effort and reach more people.”
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|Rocky Dawuni was interviewed by a youth reporter on the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation children’s channel while promoting the ‘Clean Water’ song.|
A strong impact
Since last August, UNICEF and its partners have been supporting the Government of Ghana's efforts to provide flood-affected families with safe water. However, children still remain at risk of getting sick from diarrhoea or Guinea worm due to improperly filtered or contaminated water.
“These local language versions will have bigger impact on people,” Mr. Dawuni said in an interview with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) children’s channel.
“We musicians can articulate visions and desires of the community through music,” he added. “Music is a powerful tool to inspire people and encourage them to take action.”
'The flood cannot stop us'
Promotion of the song is being made possible by an anti-Guinea worm programme supported by the European Commission and UNICEF. Mr. Dawuni also produced a music video for UNICEF using footage from field visits he made earlier this year.
The Head of Delegation of the European Commission in Ghana, Ambassador Filberto Ceriani Sebregondi, praised the initiative on a programme aired on GBC.
“It is great to see these Ghanaian artists continue taking lead in promoting clean water in their own country. Together with the government, many other partners and now with this song – the flood cannot stop us,” he said.