Annie Lennox Week: Sing My Sisters, Sing!
The upcoming single "Sing" from Songs of Mass Destruction had its genesis in Annie’s trips to Africa and her on-going involvement with Nelson Mandela’s 46664 and Treatment Action Campaign - organizations fighting for human rights, education and health care for those affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. (In South Africa, as many as one in three women are HIV-positive). After being given a CD of music with an HIV/AIDS theme, written and performed by TAC activist members group The Generics, Lennox was inspired to bring their message to an international audience, and incorporated one of their songs into one of her own.
"I chose a track where the theme is calling for the national implementation of a programme to prevent mother-to-baby HIV transmission, and then sent out a letter to 23 of the most renowned female artists asking them to sing with me. Everybody said yes, right away." The song features the vocal contributions of Madonna, Joss Stone, Celine Dion, Dido, Gladys Knight, kd Lang, Angelique Kidjo, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan, Fergie, Anastasia, Beverley Knight, Faith Hill, Pink, Sugababes, Martha Wainwright, Isobel Campbell, Beth Gibbons, KT Tunstall, Shingai Shoniwa and Beth Orton.
"And I hope that there’ll be a ripple effect as people get to hear it, with each of the other artists involved (my sisters and contemporaries in arms, if you like) being asked about the song and the subjects it raises, so that fan bases will then take the time to check out the issue their heroines are supporting. It’s a very heartfelt mission."
Activism runs deep in Annie's blood; if you're interested in supporting her favorite charities, here's a starter list:
Nelson Mandela's call to global action on the HIV/AIDS crisis.
Charity Projects Entertainment Fund
Best known for the "American Idol Gives Back" episode last spring, CPEF raises funds to help children in extreme poverty around the world.
Focusing on the most crucial worldwide threats to our planet’s biodiversity and environment.
A South African university dedicated to building empowerment, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
Make Trade Fair
Organization working to eradicate global poverty through equal and fair global trade rules and intiatives.
A confederation of 13 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.
Peace One Day
Supporting September 21 as Peace Day, an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence.
Offers support by training, mentoring and financial assistance to help disadvantaged young people achieve their potential. More than half a million people have been helped so far.
Nonprofit organization that uses celebrity power to create positive attitudes about road safety.
Save the Children
Creating real and lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world.
Phenomenal organization working globally to increase child surival and development, basic education, gender equality, and to care for children with HIV/AIDS.
Whatever It Takes
A unique charity artwork project that gathers artworks from leaders in film, music, Nobel Peace Prize laureates, sports, and literature. The artworks are used to ethically produce Whatever It Takes products which are then sold to raise funds for charitable causes.
My favorite new charity, and thank you Annie for letting me know about them! WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. Witness empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.
Women's Fund for Scotland
Improving the lives of women and girls across Scotland.
In Her Own Words, Part 4: Annie on the creation of the song "Sing".
Listening Booth: "Sing". Indeed.
Annie Trivia Game: Congratulations to yesterday's winner, David M. in the U.K.!
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Few fans know that Annie Lennox has two daughters (Lola and Tali) and that, in 1988, she suffered the stillborn birth of her only son Daniel. Soon after, she released a song dedicated to him. What was its title? Email your answer, name, and mailing address now!Tomorrow: The Annie Poll.
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