CNN – The songs tackling Mozambique’s sanitation woes

(CNN) — In Mozambique, music stars don’t often sing about eternal romance or lovelorn relationships. Crooning lyrics like “Let’s wash our hands for the children to stay healthy, for the uncles to stay healthy, for the mothers to stay healthy, we build latrines,” Mozambican music icon Feliciano dos Santos is using his songs to educate people about the importance of sanitation and hygiene.

With his internationally-known band, Massukos, Santos spreads his life-saving messages to the most far-flung areas of Mozambique where scores of people still struggle due to lack of clean water and waste management systems.

“People sing the song because they like the sound and the rhythm but also because they know the message that we are passing and what we want to do,” dos Santos told CNN.

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