WASH music videos? And the role of art in driving demand for sanitation

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Check out this sanitation music video!

I enjoyed listening to this video and I think more music in the sanitation sector is a good idea! Link to video


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Re: Check out this sanitation music video!

Dear Dan,

Thanks so much for your post!

This version contains preliminary titles that help to explain this participatory action research project:


And there’s an accompanying documentary video short here:


We produced both videos thanks to just $3000 from the Rotary Club, but with limited funding it’s hard to do much more.

Following up on this video, we urgently need to (1) achieve better dissemination through terrestrial TV broadcasts (YouTube is great, but not so accessible to Liberians and others who need to watch), and (2) carry out impact assessments demonstrating reach and effectiveness (providing feedback for subsequent productions, and publishable evidence to be cited in subsequent funding applications).

Many thanks to you and the forum participants for any ideas, or leads…

best wishes,
Michael Frishkopf
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Re: Check out this sanitation music video!

Dear Michael,

Thanks for posting this, and welcome to the forum!
Can you tell us a bit more how you, as a Canadian professor of music - or ethnomusicology to be precice - developed an interest in sanitation issues?
How did you get the connection to Liberia and Ghana?

About the music video, I really like it. It is obvious that professional musicians have produced this, not the other way around where professional WASH people do a bit of music stuff...

I have the following questions:
  1. The images used are showing lots of solid waste issues but hardly anything about toilets and faecal sludge management. Was that on purpose? Is sanitation for you (for Liberians) mostly a solid waste issue? Or was it too "disgusting" to show footage of open defecation or filthy latrines or pit emptying? What was the reasoning behind your choice of footage?
  2. Twice malaria is mentioned in the list of diseases, but I think this is not quite correct because the mosquitos that carry malaria live in clean stagnant water but not in wastewater, don't they? In which sense do you see malaria being connected to sanitation issues? Or did you include just as a general health issue?

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Re: Check out this sanitation music video!

Dear Elisabeth,

Thank you so much for your message.

By way of explanation: My connection to Monrovia followed several years working with Liberian refugees in Ghana, a country whose music I started researching in 1989 with an MA thesis on Ewe music - later released in part as a CD , teaching at the University of Alberta, and a study abroad program in Ghana since 2007.

As part of that summer program I used to take the students to visit the Buduburam refugee camp--where sanitation was clearly a major issue-- and this led to production of a CD featuring music produced by Liberian refugees there . Later most of these musicians returned to Liberia, and I've continued working with them on various collaborative projects under the rubric "songs for sustainable peace and development". .

As I recall, at some point while the musicians were still refugees in Ghana I forwarded the idea of a song about sanitation - they picked it up, quickly sketched out a song and recorded it using a studio on the camp itself; I looked for funding, and this later enabled production of the music video and documentary using local audio and video professionals in Monrovia. I provided some feedback on initial edits, and later edited the documentary portion out of much more extensive footage they'd shot. A colleague here in Canada also helped with audio postproduction. Funding for the project -- generously provided by the Calgary Rotary Club -- was totally insufficient to cover my travel there and so we worked only via phone and internet (dropbox, youtube, etc.) to share files.

None of those of us involved in the project was an expert in sanitation, unfortunately - though I'd definitely wanted us to work hand in hand with sanitation-oriented NGOs, hospitals, clinics, or the Ministry of Health in Liberia, it was hard to connect up to the right people remotely, and the Liberian musicians evidently didn't have time or connections to make those connections happen.

Ideally, however, we would have worked closely with an organization dedicated to sanitation issues, such as those affiliated with SuSanA. The project would have benefited tremendously from inclusion of experts in this area - but we were also pressed for time for other reasons, so we forged ahead.

In retrospect, I think the result was that we developed "sanitation" a bit differently from its usual definition among public health experts, more along the lines of its ordinary language usage, to include, say, the malarial dangers of stagnant water resulting from poor drainage, but not emphasizing the importance of toilets or other priority issues as much as we should have.

I hope that some of the readers of this forum will join us to partner on future projects - we have high hopes for producing a second music video focused on sanitation in Liberia (or in Ghana, or elsewhere), perhaps this time focussing on more specific issues of greatest concern, in conjunction with an infrastructure project or in support of a definite public health initiative, and hopefully enjoying better support from local media and government authorities for dissemination.

Thanks so much to you and other forum readers for any suggestions or ideas - we're open to any and all!

with best wishes, Michael
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Re: SaniArt, to drive demand.

Dear Sanitation Enthusiasts,

A belated Happy World Toilet Day to one and all!

With the help of the brilliant musicians and producers from Chicoco Radio, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, I hereby present a song for the occasion: "S-A-F-E (poop in a bucket) -


I hope you like it.

My question to the forum is: What is the role of art in driving demand for sanitation?
By 'demand', I don't just mean behavior change communication and toilet sales, but also increasing political will, and perhaps even influencing policy.

More specifically; are there any other sanitation artists out there who are producing sanitation art? what are you doing? how is it received? and would you be interested in collaborating on "Fekal Soul Melodies: The Album."?

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Re: SaniArt, to drive demand.

My answer would by: YES! We need more artists to pick up this topic and to help us push sanitation to the limelight.

Here are two art projects that come to mind for me:

This hand washing music video is a collaboration between WaterAid Cambodia and Epic Arts and is produced by a group of orginal artists with disability.

This video aims to promote inclusive hygiene and hand washing with soap across Cambodia.



Source: sanitationupdates.wordpress.com/2018/03/...t-wateraid-cambodia/

They also won an award at this week's WASH Futures Conference in Brisbane.


Secondly, the Poop project by Shawn Shaffner, see here:
forum.susana.org/162-public-awareness-ra...orld-toilet-day-2017

Let's collect more examples and discuss them!

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Re: Looking for (any) music videos about WASH

Hello all!
I'm trying to put together a playlist of music people have put together about WASH topics across the globe, to play at an event for World Toilet Day.
So far I have the following songs. Can you help me find more music that has been made that I can add to my Youtube playlist before November 19th?
  • Poo to the loo (Unicef)
  • Leang Sam Ath (WaterAid Cambodia)
  • World Toilet Day Song (WaterAid)
  • Toilet Ka Jagaad (bollywood song)
  • Pad Man (bollywood song)
  • Tissambe Manj (Massukos)
  • Sanitation Worldwide Theme Song (Sauder)
  • SAFE (Fekal Soul Melodies)
  • Sanitation Music Video (SahdowMan)
The Playlist here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLw6_u3lq6...RJIrnSHyENqrEtt-KZ8e
Thank you for the help!
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Dear Kim,

Your forum post prompted me to merge together your post with two previous threads about WASH music videos. You can now find all the posts in this thread prior to yours. Please take a look and perhaps there are some there that you haven't heard of yet or you find people worth connecting to. Hope this helps.

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Thank you! I got those :-) just hoping more people have more from other countries I can add to the list.

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Hello! Great idea with the WASH music playlist.

Here are some MHM songs: www.youtube.com/results?search_query=period+song

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This is great - thank you! I never knew there were so many MHM songs!

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