what’s difrent:?

Featured, News Sep 22, 2010 1 Comment

Hi social change activists! Welcome to difrent.org. Inspired by musician Stephan Said, the goal of difrent: is to provide a platform through which musicians, organizations, and social change believers alike no matter where they are can spread the idea of using music as an agent for change.

Like most of you I was searching for a change from the music we’ve been subjected to, the last ten years. We’ve seen a steady decline in music that focused on changing the world and an increase in the music telling us to just have a good time. Now don’t get me wrong, I love to dance, I happen to be a big fan of Reggae, Dancehall, house, and a bit of hip hop. On my ipod you will find everything from Chaka Khan to 2Pac with a little Bob Dylan and Elton John circa 1970, mixed in.

However, I find that the music today is just too simple. Most artists, if you can call them that, send the same message and basically sing the same songs, music has become all about the catchy hook.  Now, I don’t want to take away from what some artists have done in raising the bar for their genre. If you are a Hip Hop fan you cannot deny the talent or skill of a Jay-Z or Talib Kweli. Although very different, both artists have successfully created their own style in an industry filled with copycats.

At difrent.org you will find artists who share Stephan’s vision of making music matter. Music is universal, and it can move us to action and serve as the soundtrack to our lives. In the sixties and seventies music defined a generation. When we look back on these last ten years, how will our generation be defined musically? Will the music accurately described a generation that witnessed school shootings, 9/11/01, overcrowded schools, and the first Black President, or will it simply be a reflection of a generation desperate for escape?

For those of you who are interested in learning more about difrent: we are having a launch party on September 20th the evening before the International Day of Peace at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. The party will have representatives from a variety of international organizations; along with musicians who believe in the our message. Find out more details at our Events page or buy tickets directly at  http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/1556. I hope to see many of you there! Tyisha

One Response to “what’s difrent:?”

  1. Reply stvjnsD says:

    My work is to provide opportunities for people to meet each other and have fun cooperating. Neighborhood festivals and cooperative happenings, big and small. Connectors.
    My own music and performance projects are about visioning and creating the world i want, not protesting the world i don’t want. I don’t give my energy to the things I don’t want. That’s positively double-negative! I want to remind myself to find the way we are the same, and celebrate that. Where I see “different” , I can look closely to reveal the deeper commons. The reality!
    We ARE different, just like everybody else. The world is a wonderful and amazing place, changing changing. I love that 🙂 Let’s go!

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