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February 24, 2011

A Hip-Hop Video From the Slums of Nairobi Praises Bikes, Warms Hearts

A Kenyan hip-hop group's YouTube video, "Me and My Bike," earned the top spot in the 1 Minute to Save the World film competition. The contest asked young people around the world to create one-minute videos about climate change for a chance to win $8,000. The lively "Me and My Bike" and seven other winners tackled the issue in a range of styles, from the heartwarming, refreshingly low-tech "Save Water" to the beautifully tragic claymation production "Don't Let it Drown."

The number-one video (above) features members of Wafalme, a group of young rappers from Nairobi's slums who raise awareness about global issues such as poverty, education, and the environment. If the catchy "Me and My Bike" has you itching for more of the group's positive, upbeat rhymes, check out  "Kidz 4 Kidz in Haiti"  and "Trash is Cash."

--Della Watson

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