Music Monday: Young Artists For Haiti

This is worth an early post - I've got to beat the announcement on CTV Late News!

Let's take a trip back to 2006.

It's the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. There's a name in the program, and the tarp girls are all like "Why is there a Somali hip hop artist playing the main stage. That is so not folk."

Later in the festival the sentiment was "Wow, that guy is amazing. We love him. Bring him back NOW!"

In 2007, I saw him twice when I was in London (once during a Canada Day concert, and a week later at an Anti-Racism festival). I also saw him shortly after returning to Edmonton, and I bet that was the only time people danced in the aisles at the Winspear Centre. And I've been waiting patiently for him to come back to Etown.

K'Naan is amazing.

His live show is heart felt and will get you dancing. His lyrics are poignant and powerful.

And Wavin' Flag is one of the best, one of my favourites. Rumours have been building for the past month. Well, look what he's done with it:

50+ Canadian artists have come together to record K'Naan's amazing song "Wavin' Flag" to raise money to help Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that hit in January, with proceeds going to Free The Children, War Child Canada and World Vision Canada.

The following artists were involved:
Knaan, Nelly Furtado, Avril Lavigne, Sam Roberts, Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan), Tyler Connolly (Theory Of A Deadman), Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, Josh Ramsay (Marianas Trench), Jay Malinowski (Bedouin Soundclash), Chin Injeti, Jacob Hoggard (Hedley), Red 1, Lights, Derek Whibley (Sum 41), Serena Ryder, Emily Haines (Metric), James Shaw (Metric), Hawksley Workman, Drake, Ima, Elisapie, Pierre Lapointe, Esthero, Corb Lund, Fefe Dobson, Jim Creegan (Barenaked Ladies), Tom Cochrane, Kevin Parent, Lamar Ashe, Colin James, Nikki Yanofsky, Suzie McNeil, Stephan Moccio, Aoin Clarke, Kathleen Edwards, Jim Cuddy, Shiloh, Stacey McKitrick, Jessie Farrell, Colin MacDonald, Justin Nozuka, Hayley Sales, Matt Mays, City & Colour, Arkells, Pat Kordyback (Stereos), Dave Faber, Brandon Lehti, The Canadian Tenors, Justin Bieber, Torquil Campbell (Stars), Broken Social Scene

I agree with Mike's Bloggity Blog: I'm not sure how Tom Cochrane and Jim Cuddy qualify as young artists, but I love Jim Cuddy so all are forgiven for the oversight.

Visit the Young Artists For Haiti facebook page or go directly to itunes to buy the mp3 or the music video.