This great idea is on Kickstarter right now for raising funds. The project is called #ShakeYourPower and it’s aim to help those without electricity generate their own power through music.
It is about a simple musical instrument – a percussion shaker – that converts the energy from playing it into electricity. It’s called SPARK and it is demonstrated in the video below.
Sudha Kheterpal, best know as the percussionist from South London band Faithless, launched the Kickstarter campaign to raise £50,000. The instrument is still a prototype and the people behind the project needs the money before July 10, 2014.
Sudha: “During testing, the people who used SPARK said it was useful because they had light in the evenings which they used for doing homework, household chores and for lighting their way home in the dark. SPARK will enable children and their families to be safer by eliminating the need of kerosene for light for example, and by providing light for women and girls in areas where rape is a huge problem.”
SPARK enables people to generate electricity so that they can plug in a light or charge up a mobile phone, simply through having a music jam.
In places like Kenya, where 75% of the population live without access to electricity, having the ability to read at night or charge up a mobile phone gives people the chance of a better education and also access to services like the revolutionary mobile phone banking system, M-PESA.