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    Listen: Devendra Banhart Covers Ioanna Gika's "Swan" to Benefit Downtown Women‘s Center Los Angeles

    Devendra Banhart has released a cover of Ioanna Gika's song "Swan" on Banhart's YouTube and Gika's Bandcamp with all proceeds going to the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles. You can hear it here:

    "There I was, listening for the first time, totally drawn into this twilight crystal moon world that her voice immediately evokes," Banhart says of Gika, "and the chorus comes in: 'Let me hear the swan sing / Melody of mourning / Sweeter than the silent / Exit without warning.' My heart broke hearing that. What a beautiful stanza, endless knot of longing, wow. It was an honor to totally ruin this amazing song!"

    "It is a pleasure to hear the song through Devendra’s distinct voice and vision," Gika adds. "He is not only a prodigious artist, but one whom I have always appreciated for the way that he fosters community. Together, we have decided that we would like all proceeds from this cover to go to the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles. Providing housing, healthcare, and assistance, the DWC is an important organization and one that is meaningful to us both."

    For more on the organization and to make a donation, visit downtownwomenscenter.org.

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Listen: Devendra Banhart Covers Ioanna Gika's "Swan" to Benefit Downtown Women‘s Center Los Angeles

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Devendra Banhart has released a cover of Ioanna Gika's song "Swan" on Banhart's YouTube and Gika's Bandcamp with all proceeds going to the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles. You can hear it here. "It is a pleasure to hear the song through Devendra’s distinct voice and vision," Gika says. "He is not only a prodigious artist, but one whom I have always appreciated for the way that he fosters community. Together, we have decided that we would like all proceeds from this cover to go to the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles. Providing housing, healthcare, and assistance, the DWC is an important organization and one that is meaningful to us both."

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Devendra Banhart has released a cover of Ioanna Gika's song "Swan" on Banhart's YouTube and Gika's Bandcamp with all proceeds going to the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles. You can hear it here:

"There I was, listening for the first time, totally drawn into this twilight crystal moon world that her voice immediately evokes," Banhart says of Gika, "and the chorus comes in: 'Let me hear the swan sing / Melody of mourning / Sweeter than the silent / Exit without warning.' My heart broke hearing that. What a beautiful stanza, endless knot of longing, wow. It was an honor to totally ruin this amazing song!"

"It is a pleasure to hear the song through Devendra’s distinct voice and vision," Gika adds. "He is not only a prodigious artist, but one whom I have always appreciated for the way that he fosters community. Together, we have decided that we would like all proceeds from this cover to go to the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles. Providing housing, healthcare, and assistance, the DWC is an important organization and one that is meaningful to us both."

For more on the organization and to make a donation, visit downtownwomenscenter.org.

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Devendra Banhart: "Swan" (Ioanna Gika cover)

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