Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Peter Buffet and Akon – Blood Into Gold

“When I go to sleep at night, I wonder why I don’t feel the pain from where the sun is shining bright.” This song will receive it’s official debut at the UN tomorrow night. Blood Into Gold is a socially themed song that talks about the human slavery and bondage that is going on in every nation in the world. I love the line that asks me to look at “all that you own through the blood of another.” So much of what we are able to buy here so cheaply is because of the sweat-shops around the world. How often do we stop and reflect on that fact?

The UNICEF produced video shows just how far-reaching and severe the problem is, and is being performed to bring attention to the predicament. March 25th is being called the ‘International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.’ The day will culminate with a full concert directed by Nile Rodgers in the United Nation’s General Assembly Hall featuring the talents of Akon, Peter Buffett, Audrey Babcock, Angela Brown, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Izaline Calister, Toumani Diabaté, Danny Glover, Gilberto Gil, Bill T. Jones, Sarah Jones, Salif Keita, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Emeline Michel, The Marley Brothers, CCH Pounder, Stephanie Benson, Phylicia Rashad, Noah Stewart, Randy Weston and others with choreography by Gabri Christa.

“Can you open your heart, will you give me your hand? Can you look in my eyes? Will you see who I am?” The theme for the concert is Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum. “Who will hear when someone cries?” Peter Buffet and Akon