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UN Women – Official song ‘One Woman’ released

Posted on March 8th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

UN Women releases its official anthem on International Women’s Day

The first UN agency to have its own theme song, UN Women have released its official anthem today, marking International Women’s Day. Originally performed in 2011, the track has become an anthem for the UN organisation dedicated to gender equality issues and the empowerment of women. ‘One Woman’ was composed by Graham Lyle and British-Somali singer-songwriter Faham Hassan while the lyrics were penned by Beth Blatt, founder of the charity Hope Sings.

The song was inspired by the stories of women who had been supported by UN Women and the agency hopes that ‘One Woman’ ‘will become a rallying cry that inspires listeners about the mission of UN Women and engages them to join in the drive for women’s rights and gender equality.’

Jerry Boys, who has produced albums by Ali Farka Touré, Buena Vista Social Club and Omara Portuondo, produced the song with Blatt. Among the participating artists are some Songlines favourites: Rokia Traoré; Angélique Kidjo; and Anoushka Shankar. Other contributors include Zhang Liangying (China), Ximena Sarinana (Mexico), Yuna (Malaysia) and Vanessa Quai (Vanuatu).

The song is now available as a download through iTunes and Amazon.

Watch the official video below

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Meklit Hadero to perform at the Southbank Centre, March 8

Posted on March 3rd, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Ethiopian-born singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero plays three special shows next week

Co-founder of The Nile Project and a prominent figure in the UN Women’s campaign for gender equality in Africa, Meklit Hadero was born in Ethiopia and raised in the US, where her musical talent has been nurtured for the last few years in San Francisco. As a deeply committed social and cultural activist, she has created a collective of young artists of the Ethiopian diaspora.

Meklit will be performing at for free at London’s Southbank Centre on Friday, March 8 at 5.30pm as part of the WOW (Women of the World) Festival. The evening will also see Fatoumata Diawara and Angeliqué Kidjo take to the Royal Festival Hall stage.

During the performance, Hadero will be drawing together the Amharic melodies of Ethiopia, her African hip-hop project CopperWire and her own original songs. Hadero is also appearing on Woman’s Hour this week (BBC Radio 4, Thursday March 7, 10am) and also recording a World on 3 session for future broadcast. 

In the next issue (April/May 2013, #91), we will be taking a trip down the Nile to find out more about The Nile Project and the musicians involved, including Meklit Hadero and Dina El Wedidi

Meklit Hadero’s London dates:

Thursday, March 7     The Vortex, Dalston
Friday, March 8          Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre
Sunday, March 10      Dahlak, Stockwell

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