Ivorian Reggae Singer (04:06)
Tiken Jah Fakoly returns home to Abidjan for a tour. He uses music to educate listeners around the world about social issues in Africa.
Education Initiative (02:05)
51% of Ivory Coast is illiterate. Fakoly plays benefit concerts to build schools and visits an Abidjan campus in need of renovation.
Political Lyrics (01:16)
Fakoly criticizes African corruption in his music and refuses bribes.
Ivory Coast Politics (02:00)
Power struggles have divided the country since 2000. Fakoly fled to Mali when the government accused him of inciting northern rebels.
Challenging African Stereotypes (03:07)
Fakoly arrives in Korhogo to perform at a Muslim festival. He uses lyrics to address Western views of the continent.
Voice of Africa (03:09)
Fakoly engages local Ivorians in a political discussion and explains how he started his musical career to address social injustice.
Female Circumcision Campaign (04:31)
Fakoly works with Malian actress Fatoumata Coulibaly to fight the widespread African practice. She engages villagers in a long term process towards cultural change.
Attempting Cultural Change (03:03)
Coulibaly confronts a woman about performing female circumcision. Villagers feel threatened by her campaign, but she persists.
Ivory Coast Homecoming (02:01)
Fakoly visits his extended family and discusses giving back to the community.
Promoting Ivory Coast Education (02:50)
Fakoly visits a school he funded through a concert. The principal believes peace will come with literacy and development.
Ivory Coast Literacy Challenges (02:09)
A villager can't afford to send his children to Fakoly's school—a common issue across Africa. Fakoly sings an anti-war message in a music video.
Mali Female Education (02:52)
Coulibaly visits her family's compound in Bamako and shows her aunt her Master's diploma. Going to school was difficult because of breaking tradition.
Parental Guidance (01:42)
Fakoly relaxes in Bamako and reflects on his mother's teachings.
Addressing African Poverty (03:36)
Fakoly advises Bamako street children to go to school. He criticizes corrupt politicians and praises deceased leaders in his music.
Musical Inspiration (02:13)
Fakoly describes the creative process and draws on African inequality for song material. He sings for a pet deer.
Credits: The Power of Song: Africa on the Move (00:58)
Credits: The Power of Song: Africa on the Move
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