Emmylou Harris, Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara, Oumou Sangare Support "Half the Sky" With Free Downloads
Emmylou Harris, Rokia Traoré, Fatoumata Diawara, and Oumou Sangare are all participating in 30 songs / 30 days, in which female musicians from around the world have come together to support the Half the Sky movement. Through the 30 songs / 30 days project, one song per day is available to download for the month of September and leading up to the October 1 and 2 premiere of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a four-hour PBS primetime documentary film inspired by the widely acclaimed book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Watch the film's trailer below.
The Emmylou Harris song "Home Sweet Home," off her latest album, Hard Bargain, is available to download today, September 10. "It is an honor to donate one of my songs to a cause that is so worthy of our attention and support," says Harris.
"Manian," off Traoré's Nonesuch debut album, Bowmboï, will be available this Thursday, September 13; "Mousso," off Diawara's debut album, Fatou, next Monday, September 17; and "Dugu Kamalemba" off Sangare's 2004 album, Oumou, on Saturday, September 30.
Among the participating artists participating in 30 songs / 30 days are Bonnie Raitt, St. Vincent, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, India.Arie, Angelique Kidjo, Alicia Keys, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, and more. To see the complete list and download the song of the day, click here.
"Nick and I wanted to galvanize people into action because we know it takes a world to bring about this change," says WuDunn. "We're utilizing every tool and platform available to get the message across."
The documentary Half the Sky, filmed in 10 countries, follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of individuals confronting oppression across the globe and fashioning meaningful solutions through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The series, which features interviews with George Clooney, Hillary Clinton, Susan Sarandon, and others, examines the linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality, as well as the opportunities to put an end to such oppression.
Watch the trailer for the documentary below, and head to halftheskymovement.org for more information on the film and the project.