Last Wednesday, June 9, in the digital world premiere of “Song of the Prophets: a Requiem of the Climate”, representing Living Laudato Si’ Philippines (member of Asia Climate Change Consortium), I joined the panel of climate activists together with Christian Aid‘s chief executive Amanda Mukwashi and chairperson Dr. Rowan Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury. Sharing the edited video message with the beautiful music as background.
The 12-minute piece is split into four movements – Creation, Ruin, Recovery and Redemption – each composed by a different Black British composer: Shirley Thompson OBE, Roderick Williams OBE, Daniel Kidane and Ayanna Witter-Johnson.
The performance included interludes from three musicians playing instruments from countries that are among those suffering most in the climate crisis.
Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno played the nyatiti – an instrument played in Kenya, Renu Hossain played instruments native to Bangladesh, and Richard Olatunde Baker played the talking drum, native to west African countries including Nigeria.
The music is inspired by Song of the Prophets: a global theology of climate change, a paper which was released by Christian Aid in 2014 and which was re-published in May 2020.
Watch the recorded digital premiere here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6LcVKEPTOg
Know more about the Song of Prophets theology here: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/…/song-prophets-global…