The Voice Project is a non-profit effort to use music to help the survivors of years of war in Uganda. From their website:
The women of Northern Uganda – widows, rape survivors, and former abductees have been banding together in groups to support each other and those orphaned by the war and diseases so prevalent in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps. And they are singing songs. The lyrics let the former soldiers know that they are forgiven and that they should come home. The songs are passed by radio and word of mouth out into the bush, as far as the Sudan and DR Congo. And it’s working. Former LRA are returning and for the first time 24 years the region has a chance at real peace.
The Voice Project is an attempt to support these incredible women and the peace movement in Uganda, and an effort to see how far a voice can carry.
– Artists do the cover chain episodes to spread the word (one covers another and so on)
– We put the videos up at our site
– We use money from donations, sponsors and advertisers to support programs on the ground which aid in the peace, reconciliation and rebuilding efforts.
The first video is the women of the Gulu Women’s Choir covering CD Baby’s own Joe Purdy. The most recent is forthcoming CD Baby artists Voxhaul Broadcast (their incredible debut album Timing Is Everything comes out on CD Baby on March 22nd) doing a Smashing Pumpkins cover:
It’s making a big splash: the series has featured legends like Peter Gabriel, Billy Bragg, and Mike Mills of R.E.M. as well as up-and-comers like Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Andrew Bird, and Deer Tick. Last night, The Voice Project was featured on Last Call with Carson Daly.