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Trash Is Cash
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Trash Is Cash

Wafalme is a hip-hop group formed by Kenyan kids who grew up in the slums around Nairobi. They recorded "Trash Is Cash" in a bid to enlighten humanity about innovative ways to recycle waste. These won't just improve the environment, but also produce wealth and employment.

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Produced by Peter Jansen.

Originally featured in the ViewChange Online Film Contest.

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Segment 1

TITLE
Song: Trash is Cash. Artist: Wafalme. Producer: Homeboyz, Slum Talent Trust. Video: Cultural Video Foundation.
INTRO
Yeah-ee-yeah, no more pollution / This my solution / Make it clean, make it clean
VERSE
Millions living here / The litter they call dear / They weren't born here / It's survival for revival / Air filled with polluted bubbles / Sky's the limit every day hustle / Conserving the slum building up muscle / Clean up the streets, recycling the trash / Save the environment and make some cash / People wake up and wander right about outside / The narrow dirty streets shanty built muddy shacks / Discarded garbage kids playing on filthy paths / Within the atmosphere of alcohol, violence, and drugs / Education, medication, a distant hope in them
CHORUS
No more pollution, trash is cash / This my solution, trash is cash / No more pollution, trash is cash / This my solution, trash is cash / Make a town a green town, make a town a green town / Make a town a green town, make a town a green town / Climate change, environment, make a town a green town / Climate change, environment, make a town a green town
SIGN
Kibera Youth Self Help Project: Waste Management Composting Site.
VERSE
Community groups, micro entrepreneurs / Selling to farmers asset compost manure / Irrigation from the river / Eco sandals, handbags, jewelry made from the trashy granular / Mattress, pillow baskets, roof tiles from the trash plastic / Sold to local and foreign market / Metals sold to scrap dealers in a rampage / Cheap cookers made using dumped coffee seeds and paper as fuel / Feed the poor, the price not cruel / Millions of people trying to save the world / While make a living with the strong unemployment / And pollution solution, innovative lesson to the world my conclusion / Starved women bathing in dirty rivers, planting veggies along rivers / Kids forage in waste, drinking water from pipes, covered in garbage / Raw sewers overflowing, open sewage, eyes can't bandage / Improper sanitation, no latrine variation, garbage mountains, can't manage
CHORUS
No more pollution, trash is cash / This my solution, trash is cash / No more pollution, trash is cash / This my solution, trash is cash / Make a town a green town, make a town a green town / Make a town a green town, make a town a green town / Climate change, environment, make a town a green town / Climate change, environment, make a town a green town
VERSE
So when I sit back and reminisce about the future / Things the way they were, wishing they wouldn't last / My thoughts about conservation run inside of me / Now I can get the best life I wanted to achieve / The ozone layer depletion, mankind threat I mention / The planet getting warmer, resource scarcity informer / Slums overpopulated, people starving, some don't make it / No trees around the slum / This can't be a greener ground environment surround / Charcoal and biogas production / Youth employed for garbage collection, an ideal correction / Water purifiers, ceramic material / Fine art sculptures made from trash / Youth to generate some cash / Fire stutter by the roadside, spreading acrid smoke near food kiosks in the air / It's pollution here, pollution there, pollution everywhere, beware.
CHORUS
No more pollution, trash is cash / This my solution, trash is cash / No more pollution, trash is cash / This my solution, trash is cash / Make a town a green town, make a town a green town / Make a town a green town, make a town a green town / Climate change, environment, make a town a green town / Climate change, environment, make a town a green town