Music Supports Open Source Tech-Aid for Health Workers Across Africa
hlagarde at intrahealth.org
Mon Feb 16 12:59:15 EST 2009
Global non-profit IntraHealth International is launching a major
campaign out of Chapel Hill to raise funds and awareness for the
IntraHealth OPEN initiative, a program created to address the most
critical health issues in Africa by putting the latest open source
technologies directly in the hands of health workers.
The campaign's first step is the roll out the release of a charity
album in partnership with Grammy Award-winning artist Youssou N’Dour.
The album titled “OPEN Remix” features remixes of N’Dour’s song “Wake
Up – It’s Africa Calling” by Nas, Peter Buck of R.E.M., Duncan Sheik,
Toubab Krewe with DJ Equal and Umar Bin Hassan of the Last Poets,
Afrissippi, Beef Wellington, Q-Burns Abstract Message, Gavin Hardkiss,
Swamburger and other headline artists and is being released by major
distributors including Rhapsody, iLike and Amazon MP3 as free
downloads - a global remix contest will be launched with Indaba Music
Executive producer is Heather LaGarde better known locally as
coordinator of the Saxapahaw Rivermill Music Series - the producer is
Aaron Keane of Blazing Music and Sound in Raleigh and Brent Lambert at
Kitchen Mastering mastered the release. All artists, engineers,
studios, mastering, labels, distribs, graphic design, web development,
advertising etc worked pro bono on the project.
Multimedia release http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Intrahealth-948359.html
To help shepherd the growing initiative, IntraHealth has assembled an
OPEN Council made up of supporters and leaders in the fields of
entertainment, technology, and public health. OPEN Council members
include top recording artists like Nas and Mark Ronson and
representatives from VH1, MTV Europe Foundation, ONE, Wikia, AEG Live,
Rhapsody, iLike, Bowery Presents, Indaba Music, Red Hat, Tech Soup
Global, inSTEDD, The Linux Foundation, GNOME Foundation, Creative
Commons, Open Source Software Institute, OSU Open Source Lab,
O’Reilly Media, Motorola, Novell, Brightkite, The David and Lucile
Packard Foundation, D-Tree International, Ushahidi, the Center for
Children and Technology and Reseau Africain de L’education Pour La
Sante. The group is seeking private partners to help expand the
program to meet the current demand.
Please help spread the word.
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