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Feliciano dos Santos is awarded the world’s largest environmental prize for grassroots activists. Often referred to as the Nobel Prize for the environment, the award is given to Santos in recognition of his leading role in campaigning for better public health through clean water and sanitation in Mozambique. Music plays a key role in Santos’ unique approach to fighting for the basic necessities of life. The 2008 Goldman Environmental Prize of US $150,000 is presented to Santos in San Francisco on Monday 14 April 2008.
2008 UN Year of Sanitation
The UN have assigned 2008 as The International Year of Sanitation (IYS), with the overall objective of accelerating progress on sanitation to help save lives and foster economic and social development. The IYS will keep sanitation at the forefront of the global agenda and raise the issue with politicians, civil society and the public in general, focussing on the need to take effective action. Massukos will continue to focus attention on this issue through their activities in 2008. In June/July they will be touring in Europe and playing at Glastonbury.
On the 2nd December, Massukos brought their joyous and uplifting sounds to 50 plus sick children at the Christmas Hospital in Lichinga, Mozambique. This event followed on from various other social activities in the year, another of which included a gig in Lichinga's prison. Santos described seeing the reaction of the 300 inmates as 'being one of the best feelings I've ever had in my life. Seeing them so happy was like seeing a child being born'.
Merci Manuel Nambale joins Massukos as their new female vocalist. After a long search, the band finally discovered Merci representing Niassa in a national competition of vocalists in Mozambique. She officially joined the band in August 2007 and will be touring with them in the UK in 2008.
26 July 2007
Massukos return to the UK, one band member short and one day late. Despite monumental bureaucratic obstacles including biometric testing, missing visas, last-minute flight changes and cancelled London gigs, 7 of the 8 band members eventually arrive at Heathrow. Percussionist Issufo Sebastiao Luis is sadly left stranded in Maputo and has to back track the 2,000 miles to Niassa, while his colleagues head to London. The whirlwind week is a busy one with radio interviews and acoustic sets, 2 London gigs and a main-stage performance at WOMAD. The sun shines for them and despite the knee-deep mud, the WOMAD crowd are jumping. Their WOMAD performance is recorded for Andy Kershaw, BBC Radio 3.
9 July 2007
Massukos release their new album Bumping in the UK.
25 April 2007
Massukos release their album Bumping in Mozambique with the support of WaterAid. The private launch party is attended by Mozambique's president, Armando Guebuza.
Massukos tour the UK, and play at the Make Poverty History rally, the BBC Africa Live event and the UNICEF C8 Conference. They also do a live session on Charlie Gillett's Radio London 94.9FM show. Santos presents a petition to Tony Blair on behalf of WaterAid and meets with Gordon Brown and Sir Bob Geldof.
Massukos record their album Bumping and Poo Productions film The Big Shout, a documentary about the band.
Massukos perform at the Third World Water Forum, Japan and later that year tour Mozambique with UK band Empty Boat.
Massukos' first album goes gold and the band are voted best band in Mozambique. They also win an award at the Cannes Water Festival.
Massukos' first album Kuimba kwa Massuko is released, it goes on to sell 80,000 copies and wins the award for best album of 2002 in Mozambique.
Massukos perform their first international concert at EXPO 98 in Lisbon.
Massukos perform in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, to great critical acclaim.
Massukos form in Niassa Province, northern Mozambique to preserve and communicate traditional local rhythms. The band's first performance coincides with the start of the peace process following years of civil war.
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