Posted by Robert
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10/12/2004 8:02:04 AM
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Waxploitation Records, a leading record label for hip hop and electronic music, announced that it will release a charity CD in an attempt to assist in the fight against the Genocide taking place right now in Sudan.
The CD, titled 'Genocide in Sudan', is slated for a late November release and includes System of a Down, Gorillaz, Jill Scott, Jurassic 5, Thievery Corporation, Kinky, X-ecutioners, Bad Religion, Tortoise, Yoko Ono, Danger Mouse & Murs, Tweaker, The Pretenders, Mark Farina, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, DJ Spooky featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Toots and The Maytals featuring Bunny Wailer, Teargas & Plateglass, The Nightwatchmen and Rise Against amongst others. More than half the album includes exclusive songs and rarities.
According to the UN, the conflict in Sudan has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than one million people driven from their homes and up to 50,000 people killed by government supported militias (CNN 8/31/04). The systematic rape of women and the murder of children has been widely reported.
“We’re trying to address two things with this CD,” says Waxploitation CEO Jeff Antebi, the album’s executive producer. “The first is to get the United Nations to declare the ongoing atrocities a genocide, so that real action can take effect to stop what is obviously an ‘ethnic cleansing’ taking place, in violation of the 1948 Geneva Convention. The second is to raise money for the dire relief situation effecting over 1 million innocent civilians who might die from starvation and disease if aid does not reach them right now.”
In 1994 in Rwanda an estimated 800,000 people were killed in just 100 days, in one of the worst genocides of the last century. One of the primary reasons cited for why this happened was a lack of outside intervention by the United Nations. Even with UN troops on the ground in Rwanda, they were unable to intervene because it was not legally declared a Genocide until too late.
Waxploitation will donate all of the profits from the Genocide in Sudan CD to the United Nations Refuge Agency and UNICEF (www.unhcr.ch and www.UNICEF.org ), build awareness for solutions that anyone can easily assist with, including signing the petition at (www.darfurgenocide.org/action.htm), and guide people to protests and events in their area.
About the 1948 Geneva Convention
Genocide is a violation of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. It is a crime under international law both in peace and in times of war and is defined as acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, including killing or seriously injuring members of the group, imposing measures indented to prevent births or forcibly transferring children.
Please join them in making a difference. Purchase the Genocide in Sudan CD at most major record stores or click here.
1. System of a Down “NÜGUNS”
2. Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepywonder “Truth and Rights”
3. Kinky “Five Rooms”
4. Bad Religion “Live Again (The Fall of Man)”
5. Jurassic 5 "High Fidelity"
6. Gorillaz “Tomorrow Comes Today”
7. The Pretenders “Complex Person” (remixed by Novel & Jones)
8. Rise Against "State of the Union"
9. X-ecutioners “Don’t Believe The Hype ‘04̶
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