‘Causes 2’ Draws Eyes and Funds to Darfur

Posted in News on April 3, 2009

On May 5, Waxploitation Artists will release Causes 2, the second album in the label’s acclaimed series created to bring more awareness and financial capital to organizations diligently working to establish a peaceful Darfur. Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Human Rights Watch and Oxfam America will receive 100% of the profits generated by the release. A who’s-who of BMI artists and songwriters have contributed exclusive and previously hard-to-obtain songs to the effort: The Decemberists offer a live version of “After the Bombs”; Devendra Banhart performs “White Reggae Troll”; Gnarls Barkley delivers “Mystery Man”; My Morning Jacket offers an exclusive VHS or beta deejay’s remix of “Highly Suspicious”; and Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings perform “It Hurts to be Alone.”

“It’s easy for fatigue to set in when a crisis goes on for a number of years, but no one has given up hope that things can change for the better in Darfur” says Waxploitation founder Jeff Antebi, who also executively produced the album. “There are untold numbers of people committed to changing the outcome. It takes humanitarian assistance, tenacity and political will.”

The first album in the series, Causes 1, was released in 2007, and features BMI songwriters including The Black Keys, Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, The Shins, and Spoon.

A video for Causes 2 is viewable here. To learn more about Waxploitation’s Causes series, please click here.

About Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 60 countries and was the recipient of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.

About Human Rights Watch Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, it gives voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Its rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

About Oxfam America Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 100 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. We are an affiliate of Oxfam International.


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