I recently had the honour of being asked to contribute to a very special album project.
Please take a moment to check out this page where you can hear some of the music, learn more about the project and show your support.
The album is the SHOPS from next MONDAY 14th APRIL. I hope you can all show your support for such a great cause.
In the mean time FOOD OF LOVE is AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW on ITUNES
FAMOUS NAMES LINE UP FOR
THE WILBERFORCE PROJECT:
A COMMEMORATIVE ALBUM CELEBRATING 200 YEARS
SINCE THE ABOLITION OF THE UK SLAVE TRADE
WILBERFORCE 200 is a compilation album commemorating the bi-centenary of the abolition of slavery. This is an exquisite collection of popular songs, sung by famous music artists we all know and love, and some we don't...
The CD features performances by legendary acts such as Billy Ocean and Ruby Turner as well as younger well known musical figures such as Roachford and the X Factor's Maria Lawson to name but a few. The album features both new songs and classics such as 'You've Got A Friend' and 'Respect'
'Wilberforce' is named after William Wilberforce, the English politician and philanthropist, who headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade, culminating in the passing of the Slave Trade Act in 1807. 200 years later in 2007 - to commemorate this important historical landmark - the City of Hull has run events and activities throughout the year focusing on slavery and emancipation, with special focus this October on Black History Month.
Unimaginable as it seems, slavery and bonded labour still persists today. Although the slave trade was officially banned in the early 1800s, the last 50 years have seen a resurgence of slavery due to changes in the world's economy and societies. Factors such as population growth (particularly in the developing world), rapid social and economic change, as well as corruption have all made their mark.
The Wilberforce 200 album is not just about history and Hull, but about connecting with projects and partners to put the abolition into a modern context. With music being such a powerful force of expression, this compilation is the perfect partner to such a vital historical event.
The launch of the Wilberforce project will take place on the 25th October at the Wilberforce House Museum in Hull, with the album launching early in 2008. Proceeds of the album will be donated to the charities Save the Children, Freetown Society and the Prince's Trust.
Billy Ocean Chained
Ruby Turner You've Got A Friend
Junior A Change Is Gonna Come
Roachford Someday We'll All Be Free
Roland Gift Family Affair
Janet Kay Who The Cap Fits
Maria Lawson Respect
Malina Moye Hustler's Blues
(Princes Trust Ambassador US)
David Mensah Food of Love
Sumudu I Love Every Little Thing About You
Voices with Soul I Wish I knew How It Was To Be Free
Brian Temba Inner City Blues
Don E. Someday Somehow
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."