The Voice Project
Jun 2012 29

First and foremost, I just wanted to introduce myself to all the FM followers out there, my name is Cory Tucker and I just joined the FM team! My music taste varies a lot, but for the most part you will be seeing/hearing posts about folk or country music from me. So if you’re into those genres get excited and if not, I’m hoping to convince you to get into them.

As for my first post, I am really excited to share with you something that I actually just stumbled across. In the midst of a giant struggle to find the ultimate undiscovered song that I thought would impress all the FM viewers, I found instead something entirely different, but infinitely more cool: The Voice Project.

The Voice Project is a website is designed to create a movement through music to help generate awareness about the conflict in Uganda. As written on the Voice Project’s website:

The women of northern Uganda – widows, rape survivors, and former abductees have been banding together in groups to support each other and those orphaned by the war and diseases so prevalent in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps. And they are singing songs. The lyrics of “dwog paco” (come home) songs let former soldiers know that they are forgiven and that they should come back. The songs are passed by radio and word of mouth out into the bush, as far as the Sudan and DR Congo. And it’s working. Former LRA are returning and for the first time in 24 years the region has a chance at real peace.

The Voice Project is an attempt to support these incredible women and to amplify the peace movement in central Africa, and an effort to see how far a voice can carry.

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Artists do the cover chain episodes to spread the word (one covers another and so on)
  2. We put the videos up at our site
  3. We use money from donations, sponsors and advertisers to support programs on the ground which aid in the peace, reconciliation and rebuilding efforts.

Not only is this website supporting a really awesome cause, but the artists participating are some of my favorites. Names such as, Brett Dennen, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Joseph Arthur, Andrew Bird and Stephen Kellogg are all involved in this project.

Its amazing to see such talents perform for the benefit of others, you almost feel like you can get to know them through their videos. I will definitely be following this truly inspiring project and if you are interested the website is www.voiceproject.org  , their twitter is @thevoiceproject and their facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/voiceproject

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