Kenya’s popular Afro-pop band Sauti Sol are the Kenyan Giants Club ambassadors.
The four-piece band, which was formed in 2008 and has toured Africa, Europe and the US, will be among the celebrities attending the inaugural Giants Club Summit, which is being hosted by the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, on April 29 and 30.
Savara Mudigi, Sauti Sol’s vocalist and percussionist, said the band hoped their presence would help draw attention to what needs to be done to ensure Kenya’s elephants continue to flourish in the wild.
The band called on all young Africans to join the struggle to protect the continent’s most endangered animals.
“We have to spread the word,” he said after attending the launch event for the summit at the Office of the President this morning. “We need to spread this initiative.”
Heads of State from across Africa are being invited to the Giants Club event, where they will be joined by corporate leaders, philanthropists and conservationists, to agree on solutions to combat the illegal ivory trade.
Environment Secretary Judi Wakhungu praised Sauti Sol’s involvement. “They are the best boy group in Africa,” she said. “The fact the government is including opinion formers and celebrities at an event like this is very important.
“Their music always conveys very strong lessons – Sauti Sol joining us in talking about the importance of biodiversity, and the importance of protecting our natural wildlife, is so key in getting the message across, especially to young people.”
The Giants Club is an exclusive forum that brings together African Heads of State, global business leaders and elephant protection experts to secure Africa’s remaining elephant populations and the landscapes they depend on.