Music Can Change People’s Lives: A Message From Hasan Salaam (@HasanSalaam)
The concept behind Hasan Salaam’s EP “Music Is My Weapon” is the belief that music can be used as a powerful tool in the pursuit of freedom, justice, and equality.
With the release of the project, Hasan Salaam is aiming to prove that music can change people’s lives, literally. All profits from the sale of the EP will be used to fund a school, clean water well, and medical clinic in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. In November 2010, Hasan Salaam became the first U.S hip hop artist to ever perform in Bissau. On the same trip he worked with the young artists, taught creative writing to the youth, and headlined a concert to promote freedom of speech. The “Music Is My Weapon” project is the next step, in an effort to provide change to a country that remains one of the poorest and least politically stable in the world.
“I cannot begin to explain how blessed it is to be a part of this project. Not only does Guinea-Bissau have to deal with the political and historical struggles of post-colonial Africa, but people have to face the day-to-day struggles that very few people here in America have ever experienced, and some cannot begin to fathom. Drinking water: something we have on tap in our homes, public fountains, and even bottled up for choice of brand, is very difficult to get in many parts of Guinea-Bissau. The construction of this well has ensured clean water for the village and surrounding areas.” – Hasan Salaam
“The former school structure had to be rebuilt every year after the rainy season washed it away. Now, the proceeds of this project have built a school with a strong foundation not only for the building, but for the education of the community. None of this would be possible without all the supporters who have spread the message through word of mouth and social media. PLEASE take a look at the video and links below to see how we can work together to keep this project alive. Thank you. Peace” – Hasan Salaam
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