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The Parlotones: A South African Band Fighting For A Better Africa

Lots of musical acts have an issue they care about, but this multi-platinum South African group tries to create as much change as it does music.

Johannesburg-based rock band The Parlotones are sometimes referred to as “The Coldplay of South Africa,” but their influence extends far beyond musical success. Whether planting trees, fighting malaria, advocating against rhino poaching, or climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about violence against women, this multiplatinum-selling act uses their considerable platform to lead by example.

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This piece is part of Change Generation, our series on young, change-making entrepreneurs. Read the rest here.

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Whitney Pastorek is a writer and photographer based in Los Angeles and/or wherever the bus just dropped her off. She spent six years on staff at Entertainment Weekly, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Details, the Village Voice, and Fast Company, among many others.

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