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Haiti-born hip hop artist Wyclef Jean has been one of the leading artists promoting Haitian relief since the earthquake. In this Creole version of his song “24 Heures a Vivre” (24 Hours to Live) on his 2004 album Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 he asks the following: Et si t’avais 24 heures à vivre Aurais-tu…

Saint Patrick’s Battalion

David Rovics sings his song remembering the hundreds of Irish recruits in the US invasion of Mexico in 1846 that turned on their commanders and fought on the side of Mexico. While this event is little known in American history, what is even less known is that some of the soldiers in John O’Reilly’s battalion…

Third World Wide

Seattle-based hip hop artist Gabriel Teodros performs his song Third World Wide that connects the issues that affect people of color in the US with those struggling against injustice around the world. As if to emphasize the point that racism is far from over, during his recent trip to England to perform at the University…

Domestic Violence Through a Child’s Eyes

“Babul” performed by Shubha Mudgal is a gorgeously produced music video that emphasizes the heartbreak of female domestic violence as seen through the eyes of a child. According to Amnesty International: In this video about female domestic abuse, a child walks through a party in which all the adult couples seem happy as they socialize.…

K’Naan – “Soo Bax” K’Naan was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and was there when the Somali Civil War broke out in the early 90s before emigrating and getting his break in Canada (w00t!). Since then he’s worked with Nelly Furtado, Mos Def, The Roots, Dead Prez, and Pharoahe Monch and released two studio albums (The…