Songs for Action

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Issue 249
July/August 2008
Music for Transformation


Songs for Action

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Cover: Minature steel drums in a craft market Tobago Photograph: Anna Watson/Axiom

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Tackling and preventing HIV.

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SINGER-SONGWRITER Annie Lennox has teamed up with twenty-three of the world’s most acclaimed female vocalists for the charity record Sing, which aims to raise money and awareness for the South African HIV/AIDS organisation Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). Despite commitments from governments all over the world, there are still few resources to help medicate sufferers or educate people about prevention of the disease.

TAC was founded in December 1998 in Cape Town, South Africa. It campaigns for treatment for people with HIV and to reduce new HIV infections. Its efforts have resulted in many life-saving interventions, including the implementation of country-wide mother-to-child transmission prevention and antiretroviral treatment programmes. TAC also runs a treatment literacy campaign: this is a training programme about the science of HIV treatment and prevention.

Included among the group of superstar voices on SING are TAC local activist members’ own vocal group, The Generics, whose CD of social/political activist songs inspired Lennox to make SING a reality. PK

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