Ian D’Sa of Billy Talent and Recording Technology Students Help Create Music for Victims of Congolese War with Make Music Matter

Metalworks Institute of Mississauga, Ontario, is one of the best places in the world to learn the skills of working in the music industry. (Full disclosure: I’m a former instructor.)

Make Music Matter, a Canadian charity headed up by CEO Darcy Ataman, had an idea for a couple of albums featuring songs by victims of the Congolese war. The two records, with material in both Swahili and French, are now available through Warner Music Canada.

The songs from Mon corps n’est pas une arme and Keshu ni situ mupya (Tomorrow Is a New Day) were written and recorded in Africa and then uploaded so that students at Metalworks could finish off the post-production.

Ian D’Sa of Billy Talent then took the records to Warner Music Canada who agreed to release the albums.

It’s still early, but if the record gets any kind of traction, all publishing and licensing benefits will go to the artists who contributed to the project.

Read the whole story at the CBC. (Via Tom)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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