Friday, December 12, 2008

Amnesty International Enlists Chiwoniso in Groundbreaking Song and Music Video “The Price of Silence”

The Zimbabwean Songstress Joins Laurence Fishburne, Stephen Marley, Natalie Merchant and other stars to Mark 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 12, 2008 – Cumbancha recording artist Chiwoniso recently participated in the creation of the music video and song “The Price of Silence,” which was produced by Link TV and Amnesty International to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights]. Fueled by an irresistible beat, The Price of Silence brings together a globe-spanning juggernaut of renowned artists, including Stephen Marley, Natalie Merchant, Julieta Venegas, Aterciopelados, Angelique Kidjo, and Emmanuel Jal. Filmed partially in the United Nations General Assembly hall, the video relates how the power of music can break through bureaucracy and inspire action.

The video and song, which are available for purchase exclusively on iTunes, opens with an introduction by famed actor Laurence Fishburne. Set in the UN General Assemby hall, the artists appear on stage in front of a crowd of dancing diplomats.

A longtime activist for human rights, Chiwoniso was honored to be asked to participate in this unique project. Her contribution to the song was inspired by a dance style that was named after school-age girls who passed messages to the freedom fighters during Zimbabwe’s struggle for independence. “Raise your fist with strength / Raise your leg and dance / Raise your voice and speak / Those are things of strength,” she calls out in the Shona language.



Based on the song “Canción Protesta” by the Grammy-winning Colombian group Aterciopelados, “The Price of Silence” was produced by Andres Levin (David Byrne, Orishas, Yerba Buena). A special EP featuring the full track along with a radio edit, a Spanish version and the original “Canción Protesta” recording is available for $1.99 exclusively at iTunes. Net proceeds will benefit Amnesty International.

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1 comment:

Michael said...

Emmanuel is a great guy, who has come from a harsh background, He has stood tall and strong, he has a great story to tell which will inspire everyone.


What a great album it is, 10 out of 10