A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean, the album

An album of music inspired by the song of endangered birds with 100% of the profits going towards organizations working to protect them.

A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean” produced by Shika Shika is the second volume in the series following on from “A Guide to the Birdsong of South America“, originally released on Robin‘s label Rhythm and Roots. The first volume raised nearly 15,000 USD for two birding organizations and featured artists like Nicola Cruz, Dengue Dengue Dengue and Chancha Via Circuito.

For this second edition, the focus was shifted to the north of the equator and to the vulnerability of bird species like the Momoto Carenado, in Nicaragua, La Ferminia, in Cuba, and the Jamaican Blackbird, in Jamaica, birds who have dwindled in numbers as a result of the environmental repercussions of climate change, deforestation, and trapping for the pet trade.

For the album, 10 endangered and threatened bird species were chosen and 10 producers and musicians from the region were challenged. Working with the Xeno Canto birdsong community and the Macaulay Library, they sourced a recording of each bird’s song. Each artist was then asked to create an original piece of music inspired by the bird and its song.

The project would not have been possible without the support of an incredible Kickstarter community, helping Shika Shika raise £12,599 in August 2019.

Once the costs of production have been covered, all of the proceeds from this album will be donated to Birds Caribbean, La Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica, and Fundacion TXORI in Mexico. All profits from the sales of the record, music streaming, posters, and t-shirt will be shared between these organizations who focus on engaging local communities to help improve and grow the bird tourism sector, create awareness of vulnerable birds with young people and crucially, provide rescue, rehabilitation, and breeding programs.

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