It has been a long while since our last update on ‘A Guide to the Birdsong of South America’, the first album to be released on Rhythm and Roots, and a lot has happened since we surpassed our Kickstarter target by 150% back in July.
For those of you reading about the album for the first time, this crowdfunded project brought together a group of the most exciting South American producers and musicians and challenged them to create a piece of music inspired by the song of an endangered bird from their country. It unites art and activism: using music to raise awareness about some of the most critically threatened species in South America, with any profits from the compilation going to support organisations working to protect them.
In the first piece of news, we were privileged and excited to announce the last artist to join the project, the wonderfully talented Brazilian singer Alessandra Leão (pictured below).
Leão chose to worked with the song of the Critically Endangered Cherry Throated Tanager or Saíra Apunhalada, found in only one small area in Brazil. A Pernambuco native, Leão recently released the first in series of EPs on Garganta Records, ‘Pedra de Sal‘, exploring and interpreting the musical traditions of her north-eastern roots.
With all the artists revealed, the final tracklist for the album then looks like this:
- Lulacruza – Cucarachero de Niceforo (Colombia / Argentina)
- Chancha Via Circuito – El Macá Tobiano (Argentina)
- Alessandra Leão – Saíra Apunhalada (Brazil)
- Barrio Lindo – Capuchino Pecho Blanco (Argentina)
- Nicola Cruz – Jocotoco Antpitta (Ecuador)
- Algodón Egipcio – Cotorra del Sol (Venezuela)
- Dengue Dengue Dengue – La Remolinera Real (Peru)
- Tremor – Cardenal Amarillo (Argentina)
- Psilosamples – Soldadinho d Araripe / Periquito Cara-Suja (Brazil)
- Matanza – Gallineta Chica (Chile)
In the second piece of news, we have been in contact with an organisation called the Fundación Jocotoco. The Fundación is an Ecuadorian non-government organisation established in 1998 to protect land of critical importance to the conservation of Ecuador’s endangered birds and biodiversity.
The Fundación manages the Tapichalaca reserve, the only remaining home of the Endangered Jocotoco Antpitta, interpreted by Nicola Cruz on the album and we plan to use any profits to support their work alongside our original collaborator Aves y Conservación. The Fundación has offered to use the money donated from the project to sponsor the wages of the reserve’s chief ranger Franco Mendoza. Franco, a native of the Yangana village, has been working with the foundation since 2001 and is dedicated to protecting the rare Jocotoco. It is really inspiring to know that the money we raise from this project can have a direct benefit to those working to safeguard the future of endangered species.
The music is now all completed and mastered, the merchandise all made and the vinyls about to arrive so we are on the verge of releasing the album to the world with a release date set for early March!
We have lots of other exciting news up our sleeves and if you missed the Kickstarter or want to add to your order you can now pre-order the digital album, vinyl, A3 prints, postcard sets, or one of our fair-trade, organic t-shirts through Bandcamp.
A reminder that by supporting this project you will be helping efforts to ensure these beautiful birds and their unique songs can survive for our future generations with all profits being donated to our partner organisations in South America.
More news coming soon!