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Captain Fanplastic’s new music for the environment with Zolani Mahola

Captain Fanplastic, the world’s positive pirate who indulges in plastic pollution, has once more set sail on another adventure in the latest project. A momentous, educating & captivating auditory experience led by two renowned artists.

The programme’s new audiobook voiced by the multi accoladed South African singer & actress Zolani Mahola “The One Who Sings” and produced by Italian award winning musician Alessandro Gigli uses song, story & environmentalism to yet again spread the good fight against plastic pollution. In a bid to change long term behaviour around plastic and contribute to the United Nations’ Global Goals this kind of education is essential for all.

This edutainment couldn’t come at a more crucial time; to change the common ill perceptions like it is ‘ok to litter’ vital education is needed to encourage young people to become custodians of their environment. With the constant rise in environmental threats pollution through the abuse of this plastic and other materials is yielding harrowing negative effects to many ecosystems.

Moreover, this is not the first time the use of rhythm & rhyme as well as song & dance to educate in particular within environmental awareness. Generations before experienced the now famous 3 Rs: reduce, reuse & recycle in the 1970s. While in the 1980s South Africa had Zibi & the Gang with the ‘Zap it in Zibi can’, which reverberated in many minds and still does today.

Captain Fanplastic is thus on the right track.Every year 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in our oceans due to land-based activities (only 7.1% of waste is currently recycled in South Africa). This waste conundrum is partially due to a lack of environmental awareness, service delivery and understanding of the impacts
this waste has.

Commenting on the inroads made since its inception in 2018, facilitator & partnership manager Yanga Gceya said “Captain Fanplastic is here to teach a new generation vital environmental literacy skills like the 5Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle.

We are grateful for this collaboration as it promises to bring an intersectional soundwave of change within music, literacy, & conservation. Pollution affects many communities from Rio to Rome & even Rustenburg. Thus, we are excited and privileged to have a renowned voice & face to carry this message.”

Zolani Mahola ‘The One Who Sings’ added “song is a powerful medium to transfer knowledge and inspire change. The young are the ones we should be inspiring to be the change & reignite hope for us in the plight of pollution. Captain Fanplastic’s mission is very vital for a cleaner tomorrow for our oceans & environment. Which is why I cherished being involved in inspiring this change.”

Yanga further expressed; “We thank the musical genius Alessandro for being able to compose & produce Captain Fanplastic’s sound in order to navigate a #NoTrashButTreasure mindset & future that sees plastic as a valuable and essential part of life and should be treated as such.”

One is able to enjoy a taste of this music is the single Captain Fanplastic available in all major music platforms. While the audiobook is available for sale on the Captain Fanplastic’s webshop www.schoolofsd.com for public sales. This is in addition to the opportunity to get your hands on the environmental literacy books for your young ones on TakeAlot too.

Captain Fanplastic also encourages group or corporate sponsorships and donations for community organisations and shcools. Contact info@soapboxsouthafrica.co.za for more
details.

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