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difrent launches borderless docuseries

difrent is producing a traveling docu-series, borderless, which follows Stephan Said as he searches for amazing music and discovers stories of every day people to the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. From Iraq to Charlottesville, Refugee Camps to Hurricane Harvey, we’re just getting going! Check out borderless at jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $(‘#add_guests’).click(function(){ [...]

Malian Artists Unite In Song For Peace with Fatoumata Diawara

Spread this just out track by Fatoumata Diawara and numerous Malian artists including Amadou & Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré , Oumou Sangare, Habib Koité, and Toumani Diabate who at this troubled time in their country are raising the voice of peace. Because of their deep tradition of music as a force for social unity and leadership, [...]

Gaga for Gandhi – Music For Social Change On the Rise

Over the past couple years, artists, labels, social change movements and development organizations, including governments, have realized the potential of music as a vehicle for empowering, funding, and increasing capacity for initiatives. Reaching a mass audience that’s turned away from the monopolized, cookie cutter music served up by an industry which is falling apart and [...]

NBC discusses difrent:

NBC’s Chuck Scarborough sat down with Stephan to discuss difrent: on the International Day of Peace and the vision for lifting the voices of unity worldwide through music. jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $(‘#add_guests’).click(function(){ $(‘.add_one’).append(‘First Name: Last Name: ‘);}); });

PRI’s The World Interview

PRI’s The World interviews Stephan about 9/11 on the 10th anniversary and discussing how the inspiration for creating difrent: and writing Take A Stand both emenated from his desire to bring people together across every conceivable border, from nations to musical styles. jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $(‘#add_guests’).click(function(){ $(‘.add_one’).append(‘First Name: Last Name: ‘);}); });

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Artists Rally With Freemuse In Support of Imprisoned Iranian Artist

Iranian musician Arya Aramnejad was recently sentenced to three months in prison because of his song Ali Barkhiz, the video for which you can see above. In a letter to the Iranian authorities, numerous artists are joining Freemuse, the leading organization international organisation which advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide, to express deep [...]

Sandy Hook Students Record ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’

  In a beautiful and moving response to the shootings at their own school last month, 21 young students from Sandy Hook Elementary and another school in Newtown, Connecticut came together to record “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” with the help of singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, and Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of The Talking Heads and Tom [...]

Pakistan: Music For Education Initiatives

While we work on upcoming program in Pakistan, we’re pleased to see this article come out in today’s DAWN News service on music and cultural events being used to fund and promote educational initiatives in the country. Check it out here! jQuery(document).ready(function($) { $(‘#add_guests’).click(function(){ $(‘.add_one’).append(‘First Name: Last Name: ‘);}); });

Artists & Changemakers Unite to be difrent: Music & Culture 4 the Global Generation

Vusi Mahlasela, Pete Seeger, Warren Haynes, Amadou and Mariam, and more join Stephan Said to build difrent: a one-stop for music and culture for social change to unite movements worldwide in a new model for music that promotes initiatives making a better world on a constant basis.  Sign-Up, join us on Facebook, Twitter, suggest artists, thinkers, initiatives for us [...]

Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Tao Rodriguez, Stephan Said, Tom Chapin “This Little Light”

A video by Sandi Bachom now going viral of more than a thousand gathered n Columbus Circle joining together to sing and play “This Little Light of Mine” just past midnite July 22, 2011. SInce it first went up, the videos been forwarded through the Occupy movement, and used by sites from AP to CNBC. jQuery(document).ready(function($) [...]

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