Akon And DJ Hardwerk's 'Tell Me We're OK' Shines A Light On An Issue Affecting A Billion Lives


When you woke up this morning, was it to an alarm that you set on your smartphone, which was plugged into a wall?

If so, you probably didn't even think for a fraction of a second about the outlet and the electricity powering your device. 

For billions around the globe, that's probably common, but according to the International Energy Agency, about 1.2 billion people in the world don't have access to electricity. That means plugging in a phone is problematic, but even more difficult are such luxuries many of us take for granted, such as air conditioning and turning on the heat — even using an electric powered stove or a water heater.

International recording artist Akon has teamed up with DJ Hardwerk and the Shell oil company to raise awareness about this issue. Together, they've produced a new song called "Tell Me We're OK," whose music video showcases the building and use of a soccer field that possesses some amazing abilities.

"The [field], at the Federal College of Education [in Lagos, Nigeria], is made with more than 90 underground tiles that capture kinetic energy from the footsteps of players which, alongside solar panels, help power the floodlights overhead," Shells website says, detailing the process.

That means players kicking around are having that energy transformed into the power that lights the field on which they run. It's a technology that Akon says he wants to see expanded throughout the African continent.

"Projects like this innovative football pitch draw attention to the major opportunity that Nigeria as well as the whole of Africa has if we look to better harness new technologies and the continent's abundant renewable energy resources," he told Shell's website.

You can check out the building of this wonderful technology in the music video above, and you can learn more about Shell's #MakeTheFuture campaign and the singer's own Akon Lighting Africa by clicking on their respective links.

And "Tell Me We're OK" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Spotify.