The Mendes Brothers, Ramiro and João Mendes, joined 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 in New York.
"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. We're always waiting for the rain that never comes. 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.”
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, 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.
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