Did you know that 1.3 billion people across the globe live without electricity? 

This figure is huge, but fortunately there are great things being done to decrease it. In fact, last month, SolarAid teamed up with top-selling Candian artist, Raghav to create an amazing music video for his new single. ‘Until the Sun Comes Up’ features Grammy Award winning rapper Nelly, with an exclusive bonus version featuring the hip-hop stylings of Bollywood superstar Abhishek Bachchan.

The record is introduced by Nelly and Abhishek, who highlight the plight faced by those without electricity. The video however, is shot in Tanzania – an area already benefiting from the power of solar lighting – the perfect setting to educate people on how they can help provide solar lighting for others too.

Working with UK charity SolarAid, Raghav purchased and delivered over 300 solar lights to school-age children in the small rural township of Shungubweni in person.

Over their lifetime, the solar lights will help students of Shungubweni Secondary School study for an extra 375,000 hours, save their families $40,000, (no longer needing to buy kerosene or candles), and reduce their risk of respiratory illness and danger of fires and accidents.

Image from SolarAid

The benefits of solar lighting are huge and as SolarAid’s Campaigns Manager, Susie Wheeldon said: “It’s not every day an international artist rings the office, asks to help profile your work and gets a Bollywood super-star involved. Solar solutions have a profound impact on people’s lives and are critical for providing energy to the 1.3 billion people who, in 2015, still live without electricity. That’s more than the population of the US, Canada and the entire European Union  – combined. It’s incredible that Raghav, Nelly and Abhishek have lent their voices to this issue. Plus, I love the track!” 

Find out more about SolarAid and make sure you watch ‘Until the Sun Comes Up’.

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