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UN Issue New Song For International Women's Day

Angelique Kidjo
Feb 25th 2013 | 2:30pm | Dan Condon
UN Women, the United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, have been working on a special musical treat for this year's International Women's Day.

Twelve months in the making, One Woman: A Song For UN Women features more than 20 acclaimed musicians from across the world collaborating on this very special song.

Those performers include Ana Bacalhau (Portugal); Angelique Kidjo (Benin); Anoushka Shankar (India); Bassekou Kouyate (Mali); Bebel Gilberto (Brazil); Beth Blatt (US); Brian Finnegan (Ireland); Buika (Spain); Charice (Philippines); Cherine Amr (Egypt); Debi Nova (Costa Rica); Emeline Michel (Haiti); Fahan Hassan (UK); Idan Raichel (Israel); Jane Zhang (China); Jim Diamond (UK); Keith Murrell (UK); Lance Ellington (UK); Marta Gomez (Colombia); Maria Friedman (UK); Meklit Hadero (Ethiopia); Rokia Traoré (Mali); Vanessa Quai (Vanuatu); Ximena Sariñana (Mexico) and Yuna (Malaysia).

The song was written by Graham Lyle - who is most famous for Tina Turner's What's Love Got To Do With It? - and singer-songwriter Fahan Hassan.

A series of behind the scenes videos have been made in conjunction with the release. These interviews with the artists involved discuss issues like the importance of equal rights and the power of music and are available for viewing now on the UN Women website.

The song will be released on Friday 8 March through all common channels with all proceeds going directly to UN Women.

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Saturday 4th April

Angelique Kidjo

Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm

Sunday 5th April

Bluesfest 2015 feat.
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals + Rodrigo Y Gabriela + Jurassic 5 + Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires + Angelique Kidjo + Gary Clark Jr + Mavis Staples + Xavier Rudd + Melbourne Ska Orchestra + Beth Hart + Justin Townes Earle + Ruthie Foster + Blue King Brown + Jon Cleary + Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls + Diesel n' Dub + Ash Grunwald + Serena Ryder + The Beautiful Girls + Steve Smyth + Karl S Williams + Music Maker Foundation feat. Cool John Ferguson + Little Freddie King + Alabama Slim + George Stancell + Playing For Change + RocKwiz (Live) + more + Bluesfest

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Tyagarah

Monday 6th April

Bluesfest 2015 feat.
Michael Franti & Spearhead + George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic + Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions + Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires + John Mayall + Angelique Kidjo + Mavis Staples + Soja + The Beautiful Girls + Rebelution + Playing For Change + Mariachi El Bronx + Gary Clark Jr + Tony Joe White + Blue King Brown + Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones + Ash Grunwald + Pokey LaFarge + Serena Ryder + Steve Smyth + Karl S Williams + Music Maker Foundation feat. Cool John Ferguson + Little Freddie King + Alabama Slim + George Stancell + more + Bluesfest

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Tyagarah

Wednesday 8th April

Angelique Kidjo

Canberra Theatre, Canberra

Sunday 12th April

Music At The House feat.
Angelique Kidjo + Mavis Staples

Sydney Opera House, Sydney

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