Archive for "November, 2010"

Against Corruption (GYAC)

Music/Video Nov 22, 2010 No Comments

The Peace Poets

Music/Video Nov 15, 2010 No Comments

Haale “Avareeyeh Sahra”

Music/Video Nov 11, 2010 No Comments

JFREJ to award Stephan Said “2010 Marshall T. Meyer Risk-Taker Award”

Featured, News Nov 10, 2010 1 Comment

Hi everyone, we want to celebrate the great news that Stephan is being awarded Jews for Racial and Economic Justice’s (JFREJ) annual Award, the Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Risk Taker Award, for his career at the forefront music and social change today! Please join us to celebrate with Stephan and co-honorees Adrienne Cooper  and Si Kahn, tomorrow, Wed. Dec. 8, 2010, at Congregation B’nai  Jeshurun, 88th Street between Broadway and  West End Avenue in NYC. 6 – 7  Reception, 7 – 9  Program! For more information and to purchase  tickets, go to JFERJ is fantastic organization that’s been on the frontlines of racial and economic justice since it’s founding over 20 years ago, instrumental in this year’s legislative victory passing the nation’s first  Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, and courageously spearheading the Jewish support for the Park 51 Community Center.

By awarding Stephan, an Iraqi American with both Christian and Muslim heritage, JFREJ’s honor is a strong statement of Interfaith Unity at it’s most potent, the kind the whole world needs to trumpet and increase right now. Please join us tomorrow night or send Stephan a note of congrats and check out JFREJ’s site and support their courageous work crossing boundaries for the good of all.

JFREJ’s is honoring Stephan for his consistent use of songs, video and new technology to reinvent music as an agent for social change for the global generation, from his migrant farm working to his first breakthrough songs about housing rights and Police Brutality such as The Ballad of Abner Louima (with Patti Smith), his debut album on Rounder Records which announced the Seattle demonstrations, breaking through the global media silence on the Iraq war with the first viral protest song and video of the internet era “The Bell,” to his current Interfaith and peace work including the launch of difrent:, the one stop for music for social change, and his prominent stance in support of the Park 51 Community Center in New York City. With his rap, pop, rock, world, and folk music, Stephan’s border-breaking sound and dedication to community based organizing are an inspiration to people of all walks and ages who believe another world is possible. We, and Stephan especially, are so grateful to JFREJ for their support and hope that you’ll support their work, too!

Thanks JFREJ from Stephan and the whole team!

difrent: on NBC Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough

Featured, News Nov 09, 2010 No Comments

September 21, Stephan Said spoke on difrent, John Legend, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Nas, Damian Marley, youth empowerment, and building a global movement for social change through music. He voices a very populist affirmation of the proposed Mosque in Downtown New York as a means to elevate voices of all faiths and cultural differences coming together to create world peace.

“Take A Stand” at the MDGs Awards Gala

News Nov 07, 2010 No Comments

On September 20, Stephan Said launched difrent: and performed “Take A Stand” at the Millennium Development Goals Awards 2010. Watch the video on YouTube.

Difrent Launch Party-Music: a Forum of Inspiration

Featured, News Nov 01, 2010 No Comments

To me is a forum to connect. To connect with others who feel the way I feel. We don’t have to agree, but the idea that things could be different and that if they were things might be better. The launch party was a great reminder for me that difrent is also about the music. The power of music to condense a message and transmit it across cultures and generations. It reminded me how important the messages we send out are. I feel so privileged to get to work with some great artists who are sensitive to the messages they release to the world.

The concert opened with Stephan Said viral hit “The Bell” and continued with some of his other amazing songs like his new single , “Take a Stand”, which transmit a message of hope and community. He mixed English, French and Arabic, reminding us that warmth and peace exists in all cultures in an effective transmission of love from the Middle East. The concert broke the standard structure of sets, interweaving Stephan’s rock, the big band sound of the Saturday Night Live horns, African drumming, Morley’s vocal styling’s, and freestyleings of Blitz the Ambassador in both English and his native tongue.

One of the most moving parts of the concert for me was when Morley sang her song “Women of Hope” which quotes Aung San Suu Kyi’s recommendation “if you are feeling helpless help someone.” I remembered that there are messages of empowerment out there, instructions for how to make our world better. I feel very privileged to have received such a moving reference which will be a continuing source of inspiration and I work for human rights and advocacy. Another reminder that music inspires change and gives us tools to understand and describe our world.

Bliz the Ambassador, who is featured in our music/video page, freestyled with the band and Stephan and really got everyone engaged. He wowed everyone with his positive message and great showmanship. He also performed his song “something to believe in” with great interaction with the band, conducting fanfare and rock sounds into a cohesive backdrop to his hip hop vocals. He stayed on stage, adding percussion, to Stephan’s closing song “Love on High” a final reminder that songs can world changing with simple, down-to-earth messages about love and human connection.

The concert was magnificent, with messages of love, inspiration, and peace. I’m indebted to all the artists for their work. I feel a renewed commitment to the power of music and the power of difrent. I can’t wait to see the submissions for the video contest for the “Take a Stand” video . More information is available on the difrent YouTube channel. I’m sure I’ll be even more inspired and reminded of the power of creativity and global youth.”