Beats, Rhymes, Life


We might be a little late on this, but just this once, we don't really care. Calabash Music, a digital music store that distributes the music of international artists under an equal exchange business model allowing maximum profit to the musicians, has set up the Tune Your World program to encourage music lovers to compensate for the US government's paltry foreign aid to Africa. According to data cited at Calabash, if every American bought just 10 songs from African artists (for a total under $8), the US would double its aid to that continent. Well, since we know the whole country reads The FADER, we're asking you to contribute. It's not an empty charity– you can get crazy awesome kwaito from South Africa, the killer Tanzanian hip-hop of X-Plastaz (pictured above), compilations from non-profit projects whose proceeds go directly to aid projects in countries like Sudan and Mali and include music by artists such as Tony Allen and Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra (both of whom we've featured in the magazine) or whatever else you can find. Basically, you just have to buy something with the knowledge that the maximum amount of your money will go to the people who made the music and maybe it will help them help their community. It's either that or put eight bucks in an envelope addressed to the White House c/o Africa and cross your fingers. It's up to you. (Thanks to Wayne for the look.)

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