The Climate Reality Project - Cape Verde

Beverly Hills, California, USA, September 14, 2011 – The Mendes Brothers, Ramiro and João Mendes, will join Nobel Peace Laureate and former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, for the worldwide kickoff event – The Climate Reality Project – on September 15th, 2011 in New York City, New York.

The Climate Reality Project will feature the Cape Verde Islands on September 15th from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST, in a Live Ustream broadcast direct from Cape Verde. The broadcast also will include a panel discussion in New York City, featuring Artists and Humanitarians, the Mendes Brothers, Cape Verdean Ambassador to the United Nations, António Lima, Associate Research Scientist, Stuart R. Gaffin, Ph.D., Ozone Specialist and Climatologist, Drew Shindell, and hosted by Writer and Producer, Sarah Backhouse.

"We are delighted to work together with former Vice President Gore, the government of Cape Verde and environmental leaders from around the world to make the case for bold action on global climate change," said the Mendes Brothers. "This is a timely event as the people of Cape Verde continue to confront the real issues of extreme drought and other environmental impacts of climate-related change. We should take action now." A cluster of islands off the coast of West Africa that averages less than three inches of rain a year, Cape Verde lost tens of thousands of its residents to famines during the '40s, and more than half of its population forced to emigrate to flee severe droughts. For at least half a century, the islands have been getting less and less rain and this undoubtedly has played a critical role and had a significant impact in shaping the history of Cape Verde and its people.

As artists, the Mendes Brothers have always utilized music to bring attention to the environmental conditions in Cape Verde. Such is the case with the title of their second album, Palonkon (click to listen) a song which chronicles the long droughts between 1969 and 1975 that resulted in mass immigration of Cape Verdeans to United States, Europe, Africa and other parts of the world.

"We're always waiting for the rain that never comes," said the Mendes Brothers. "Our parents still tell us stories of how people died during the famines of 1942 and 1947 when Cape Verde lost a substantial number of its population to drought-related famines," continued the Mendes Brothers.

About Mendes Brothers:

The Mendes Brothers, Ramiro and João Mendes are artists, composers and humanitarians from Cape Verde Islands who have dedicated their entire career to innovating the music of Cape Verde and promoting unity and peace in Africa and the world through music. 1996 winners of the Boston Music Awards, the Mendes Brothers are the pioneers of Cape Verde's Bandera music revolution. With over 150 recorded compositions and 40 plus albums to their production credit, the Mendes Brothers are one of the leading forces behind the modern arrangement and production of Cape Verdean and Lusophone African music. Cesaria Evora, Bana, Tito Paris, Waldemar Bastos, and Kafala Brothers are amongst the major Lusophone artists produced by the Mendes Brothers.

In 2006, the President and the Government of Cape Verde awarded the Mendes Brothers the country's highest civilian medals, Order of Volcano and the Medal of Merits, respectively, for their invaluable contribution to the culture of Cape Verde.

"Slow, soothing, pulsating and powerful" – is how CNN International described the sound of the Mendes Brothers.

As humanitarians, the Mendes Brothers were one of the principal voices promoting peace and unity in the most challenging and remote regions of Africa, including Angola, Mozambique and Guinea Bissau. Expanding their humanitarian efforts, in 2009 the Mendes Brothers founded Music And Life Foundation, a non-profit charity dedicated to harnessing the unifying essence of music to promote: Peace, Education, Health, Eradication of Poverty and Cultural Development, around the world. Visit MLF for more information on how you can join the foundation.

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