With more than one million albums sold worldwide and many Gold, Platin, Echo and Comet awards, Gentleman can be regarded as the most successful and best known reggae artist in Germany.
His current album Diversity reached number one on the album charts in April 2010, just like his album Confidence in 2004 which includes the VISION ACTION CHANGE song „For the Children“. The song is a haunting call to allow children to grow up in a caring and respectful environment. And this is what the commitment to end mutilation of girls is about in the broadest sense.
In her home country Norway, Haddy N’Jie belongs to the ten most successful business women with a multicultural background (her father is from Gambia, her mother from Norway). She works as an author, journalist, song writer, singer and TV presenter and has achieved European-wide fame since she presented the Eurovision Songcontest in 2010
„We won’t be quiet anymore“– she sings in her song „Shout sister shout“on VISION ACTION CHANGE – lyrics that couldn’t be more fitting when it comes to stop the silence and igorance around the violence inflicted on girls through genital mutilation.
In his home country Burkina Faso Max is one of the most popular jazz musicians and in 2008 he was awarded the prize for the best jazz performance.
For many years the artist has been fighting against genital mutilation in Burkina Faso through his music and also by organising information events. Since 2006 he has participated annually in the Human Rights Week in Burkina Faso and he has held discussions, presentations and events at schools and universities.
In his songs he often critically deals with genital mutilation violence and calls: “Lets stand up – lets fight female genital mutilation” (Pagba boango kiesgo, 2007) and he speaks his mind: “It’s a human massacre…It’s a form of male’s domination on women…No one has the right to oppress a woman…” (Arreter l’excision, 2007). Weiterlesen
Joy Denalane is the German “Queen of Soul”; her tours are regularly sold out. She has been nominated for the German music award “Echo” several times and she was awarded the VIVA music prize “Comet”. Currently, she is working on her new album and in January 2011 she will perform together with Xavier Naidoo, Cassandra Steen and Die Söhne Mannheims at the concert event “Wir Beaten Mehr”.
The song “Change” from the year 2007 that she recorded together with Lupe Fiasco appears in a new light considering the background of the commitment to combating genital mutilation.
Noora Noor’s parents are from Somalia and Yemen; she grew up in the United Arab Emirates before moving with her family to Norway, where she lives today. At the age of 15, Noora Noor signed a recording contract with the Warner Music Group label shortly after a performance at a youth festival in Norway. Due to her exceptional voice she is celebrated as the “Scandinavian queen of soul”. With her highly acclaimed current album Soul Deep, she won the Norwegian Grammy Award Spellemannsprisen for best female artist in 2009.
“Hopefully my music can bring some light and happiness into peoples lives in spite of sadness, surrounding threats of violence, terror, racism or even just too much stress in peoples lives..” she commented in an interview.
Her song What man have done enriches and enhances the message of VISION ACTION CHANGE. Weiterlesen
Sylvie Toé alias Féenose grew up in Burkina Faso. She discovered her love of music as a child when her elder brothers “infected” her with the hip hop virus. After having recorded a song together with the Burkinian rapper Smokey in 2001 she started to work on her first album Da Wou Wo in 2002.
The album Da Wou Wo, which she produced completely on her own, deals not only with everyday issues such as love but also critically looks at the subordinated role of women in Africa, which becomes particularly evident in the practice of female genital mutilation. With „Excision“(Silence) Féenose directly defines her position concerning the mutilation practice. Weiterlesen
Since the end of the 1990s Shafiq Husayn, who comes from Cleveland/Ohio, realizes his concept of music together with Om’Mas Keith and Taz Arnold in the Californian hip-hop-group Sa-Ra, which is signed to Kanye West’s label GOOD Music.
In 2009 he released his own debut album En-A-Free-Ka, the title of which plays on the word Africa (the rhythms and influences are distinctive) and the ancient Egyptian word for spirit: For Shafiq Husayn being in A-Free-Ka means to live with a free spirit – without limits and restrictions – open for love, truth, peace, freedom and justice.
The two songs The U.N Plan and Lil girl feat. Fatima do enrich VISION ACTION CHANGE regarding content and music Weiterlesen
Since 1993 the Austrian roots groove reggae band The Buccaneers have delighted fans with their melodic reggae songs and good vibes and regularly perform at national and international festivals.
For Infibulation Captain Joe Morgan took a long time to find the right words and to find a strong message that “can change the world’s perception”
After listening to a Radio-Show talking about FGM approximately 8 years ago, I was kind of mesmerised by the fact that I hadn’t heard of this vicious practice before. As I’m the father of three girls, I couldn’t believe how other parents could voluntarily kill their childrens souls and so, I decided to write a song about that. It took me like 6 years to find the right words… Weiterlesen
The Bonde is the name of the band formed by three talented friends: Lauriel Harte Marger, 17, LeAnetta Robinson, 17 and Alexa D’Angelo, 17. They are socially engaged through their expressive a cappella style music, which radiates a light-heartedness and is in touch with the latest teenage trends.
In view of the fact that every year more than three million girls are still mutilated, The Bonde recorded the song Behind The Lies to raise awareness of this problem. The song was released on February 6, 2010 – the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation – and, among others, was performed live at the UN in New York.
Patrick Bebey, born in 1964 as the son of the prominent musician and author Francis Bebey, grew up in Paris. His artistic career has also been influenced by his study of classical music at the Paris Conservatory, as well as Brazilian and African music. In his compositions elements of jazz and pop play an important role along with traditional African music. His partners on stage are such notable musicians as Miriam Makeba, Mory Kante and Papa Wemba.
The song Eyidi is a hommage to Patrick’s uncle Dr. Marcel Bebey Eyidi, who, as a doctor in Cameroon, provided not only humanitarian help but was also engaged politically, permanently fighting against injustice. Weiterlesen