I have always found a deep connection between music and nature.
My pull towards conservationism truly began after discovering the work of Dr. Leakey's three protege' also known as his "Trimates" or "Leakey's Angels" -- Jane Goodall (Chimpanzees) Diane Fossey (Gorillas) and Birute Galdikas (Orangutans). And also the work of Daphne Sheldrick , an expert in animal husbandry in particular raising and reintegrating back into the wild elephants who have been orphaned due to poaching.
I have visited Borneo and had the privilege of spending time in the rain forest with Birute Galdikas and her Orangutans. Later, in Rwanda I spent time with one of Dianne Fossey's first study groups of Gorillas in their area of forest; and I also got to meet Dame Daphne Sheldrick just before she passed away, and spent time with her rescued orphans in the nursery and also with the elephants that had been rehabilitated and released into the wild in Kenya.
Each experience, though beautiful, is a bittersweet reminder that as much as these champions have done and through the organisations they each founded continue to do for these animals, they are all still on the verge of extinction.
The crisis is real and devastating, I have seen it. I am overwhelmed by the good and heroic efforts of these brave and strong women, whose dedication inspires me to do as much as I can for their great causes and the animals they fight for.
Jimi Hendrix once said "Music does not lie. If there is something to change in the world then it can happen through music."
I am devoted to raising awareness and empathy about endangered species through my music and I have created MammaLLive.org as a call to arms, and a platform for information on each of these species and charities that are devoted to their survival and protection and also a source of inspiration for other artists and musicians who want to join the fight for the ones that can not fight for themselves.
In the words of another Lady hero, Dr. Lucy Spelman "We can save all creatures/nature/ourselves but we need inspiration, and that must come from the artists of the world; they, in turn, must be informed enough to point people in the right direction. We need all forms of visual art, design, and music to elevate nature, rather than denigrate it as so many religions (and politicians) do.”
Their survival Depends on us. Go to MammaLLive.org where you will find links to charities that help. #IfTheyGoWeGo