With all of the crooked politicians and corrupt policy-making, some very important school subjects have fallen into a state of never-ending neglect. Music and art programs were unfortunately the first to fall; yet the push for education in the art of healing through music and creation lives on.
Profits typically come before the population in almost every sector of our society. It is an unfortunate fact that many people will sell their souls and give their intellectual property to someone else to dictate for shareholder happiness.
The reggae-rock community has stepped up and said kids should not be denied the chance to learn music. Whether or not we choose to pick up a guitar and learn a few chords, we can all relate to basic notes. It’s in our DNA.
Notes turn to chords and melodies. Other sounds are thrown in with someone who is always around to keep a beat. Beats become a natural and integral part of the process to round out a 3-5 minute song that possibly took months (even years) to complete. So much goes into writing a song that sounds so simple.
The fourth volume of Music Unites – Reggae Around the World was released today after much anticipation. It is refreshing to see so many talented people rise to the occasion.
Four compilations of reggae inspired acts have already raised almost $20,000 for music literacy with underprivileged children in their collaboration with Unify To Thrive. The idea of competition is completely obliterated once you see the list of bands that have contributed every edition of this benefit compilation.
This album includes a special appearance by Reggae Ambassadors, Third World, and Morgan Heritage. Contributors come from the Northern Hemisphere with Backbeat Soundsystem and Gentleman’s Dub Club to The Beautiful Girls from down under. The project’s mastermind and compiler-extraordinaire, Jordan Rosenthal of Fortunate Youth, gives us “Peace, Love & Unity” along with songs from and The Expendables, Mike Love, Maoli, Ease Up, Tatanka, The Hip Abduction, K Bong, Leilani Wolfgramm, Lady Reiko & The Sin City Prophets… Over 23,000 miles of music is represented in 30 tracks!
For $4.99 you can dance your way into an amazing cause. MusicUnites.org has been incredibly instrumental in the push for music education and has amassed an amazing selection of songs that even grandma will enjoy. Pick up the album on iTunes by clicking HERE!
Music Unites – Reggae Around The World Vol. 4
1.) Morgan Heritage – Here Come the Kings
2.) Third World – 96 Degrees (ft. Damian Marley)
3.) Ashes of Babylon – Beauregard Dub
4.) Fortunate Youth – Peace Love & Unity
5.) Backbeat Soundsystem – Come Undone
6.) The Beautiful Girls – Dancehall Days
7.) Gentlemen’s Dub Club – Emergency
8.) The Expendables – Zombies In America
9.) Maoli – Time to Get Over
10.) Kevin Kinsella – Don’t Toy With Me
11.) Mike Love – Movin’ On
12.) Ease Up – If You Only Knew (ft. Tim Wu)
13.) Etana – Thy Will Be Done (ft. Jo Mersa)
14.) Sensamotion – Rock and Sand
15.) New Reb (ft. Peni Dean and Matt Liufau)
16.) Irie Love – Love
17.) Hip Abduction – Children of the Sun
18.) Tatanka – 100 Weight
19.) Micah Brown – Roller Coaster
20.) K Bong – Livin’ Easy (ft. Stick Figure)
21.) Leilani Wolfgramm – Rebel
22.) Sun Dried Vibes – Young One (ft. Jeremy Anderson)
23.) Irie Fuse – Most High
24.) Ital Vibes – Ghetto Chick
25.) Kings and Comrades – Get Away (ft. Karim Israel)
26.) The Ark Band – Sunbeam
27.) Sol Seed – Solutions
28.) Signal Fire – Glass Helicopter (ft. David Dixon)
29.) B.P.M. – Rude Make Livin’
30.) Lady Reiko and the Sin City Prophets – Hold Steady
Music Unites – Reggae Around The World Vol. 1
Music Unites – Reggae Around The World Vol. 2
Music Unites – Reggae Around The World Vol. 3
Music Unites – Healing of a Nation Vol. 1
Music Unites Website
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Article By: Blake Taylor