Faithless percussionist Sudha Kheterpal & EnergyNet kick off with June gig at the Africa Energy Forum
Sudha Kheterpal, the British-Indian musician and percussionist in Faithless, is supporting the launch of the Off the Grid Club. The idea for the club has been developed and nurtured by EnergyNet, the pioneering energy-focused organizer of forums and collaborations designed to facilitate investment in Africa’s power and industrial sectors.
Off the Grid Club provides a networking platform for technology providers and financiers working in Africa’s off-grid energy space and launches in festival style on the 23rd June with a gig celebrating African music at the Africa Energy Forum in London.
The Off the Grid Club gig will bring together a diverse range of artists including Fuse ODG, the MOBO Award winning British-Ghanaian rapper; Imaani, the silky voice behind the iconic band, Incognito; Afriquoi, the five piece outfit fusing African melodies and rhythms with house, funky, garage and dubstep; and DJ Rita Ray, the club and radio DJ who helped to rejuvenate London’s world music scene with the Mambo Inn.
“We have to draw attention to the energy and power needs of people throughout rural Africa, who have no electricity to rely on, which is why we are kicking off the Off the Grid Club with this event” said Sudha Kheterpal, organiser of the Off the Grid Club Gig. She has toured the world with Faithless and other huge acts, such as the Spice Girls and Dido, and understands the value of music in unifying people as well as the energy needed for performances. It was this understanding that inspired her to start the Shake Your Power initiative to bring clean energy and education through the power of music.
The aim of the club is to foster relationships between off-the-grid technology providers, micro-financiers and regional leaders in order to build momentum for the development of off-the-grid power solutions and energy access in Africa.
Two thirds of African residents have no access to electricity and so suffer restricted access to education and healthcare. The Off the Grid Club’s aim is to help Africa meet its target in the international drive for universal access to energy by 2030. The ‘off-the-grid’ focus will provide a viable way to access energy in rural locations by taking advantage of falling energy prices, lower set-up costs and improved battery technology. With market-ready products that can deliver access to energy, communities can establish infrastructure they can build upon to stimulate economic growth going forward.
Further information about the Off the Grid Club is available at www.energynet.co.uk/content/grid-club
More information & video link here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BrSaiTSJDM&feature=youtu.be
Simon Gosling – Managing Director, ENERGEYNET
Simon’s role is to lead the team and to develop EnergyNet’s global business portfolio, with a specific focus on government and private investment in Africa’s power and industrial infrastructure sectors. Simon is responsible for the company’s focus on growing economies where energy access is a critical barrier to political and social stability which directly impedes growth.
Over the last four years he has led the creation of a number of important initiatives and investments including; the ‘EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative’ which has supported 53 African students over the last two years (of those students, 18 are now on management training contracts with some of the world’s leading solution providers); ‘The Arts Energy Partnership’ which promotes artists and musicians and works with them to express how access to energy impacts their work and creations; ‘The Not Just Talking Fund for Energy Access’, a not-for-profit investment vehicle that has financed and facilitated knowledge partnerships for ‘Off the Grid’ energy projects – the first investment was into the South Africa ‘Solar Turtle’ which is a micro-utility providing electricity to the ‘Pheasant Folly Primary School’ in Johannesburg and its 1,500 school children, as well as 300 homes in the community of Palm Ridge.
EnergyNet has received a number of awards including in 2014, when on the advice of Rt Hon David Cameron, EnergyNet were awarded the Queens Awards Enterprise: International Trade by H.M. Queen Elizabeth ii at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Sudha Kheterpal – Founder, SHAKE YOUR POWER
Energy entrepreneur Sudha is also behind Spark, a shaker percussionist instrument that can be played during the day and will convert energy into power at night; power to provide light or the ability to charge a phone in parts of Africa with no electricity, for example. “My goal is to spread the word about how energy can be delivered cleanly, sustainably and economically through the use of technology solutions and by working together with EnergyNet and organising this gig, I believe this is the most powerful way to start that process,” she said.
Sudha Kheterpal and Simon Gosling are available for interview.
Press tickets to the gig are available on request. For both please contact: Zaboura Communications Telephone: +44 (0) 2035 880804 firstname.lastname@example.org