Parched Earth from Leonie Marinovich on Vimeo.

I recently did audio work on five films that are part of a UNICEF campaign called WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – The documentaries were shot in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria and it’s shocking to see the unsanitary conditions under which billions (!) of people live. Almost a billion people don’t even have clean water to drink and it’s killing them.

All the videos are informative and beautifully shot, but I liked the Nigerian one in particular because the central character is an amazing woman who likes to use the word sh!# to endear herself to the children in the villages she visits. She obviously has a great sense of humor, but is also very strong and determined. At one point she says “When we first came to the villages it was not a small thing. There was talk of war.”

My contribution to this worthwhile project was to record the voice-overs, mix the audio and compose music for two of the pieces (Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia). I can compose in most popular genres and produce in any.

I am also building a library of African music, so if you are a musician who plays traditional instruments and you live in the Johannesburg area, please give me a call.

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