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Congo's Angels

by Various

Women singers, songwriters, and poets join a global initiative to raise awareness about violence against 200,000 women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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1. Wawona Morning
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2. Tender Mercies
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3. Another Man Done Gone
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4. Inside Out
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5. What I KNow For Sure
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6. Visit Me
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7. It\'s Not a Big Deal
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8. Wawona Afternoon
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9. For the Women of Change
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10. The Tigers Have Spoken
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11. Apollo
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13. Wire
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14. Come Back
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15. You Are Not Alone
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16. Time Will Tell
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17. Fair and Tender Ladies
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18. The Purple Heart
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19. Na Hoku O Ka Lani
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20. Wawona Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Grammy winner Irma Thomas, country noir singer Neko Case, and pop icon Susan Cowsill join forces with noted women singers, songwriters and poets to benefit rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Contributors include Eliza Gilkyson, Caroline Aiken, Karen Protti-Bailey, Claire Holley, Kim Carson, Theresa Davis, Mary LaSang, Ruby Rendrag, Gospel Gossip, Sonia Tetlow, Herman Put Down the Gun, Karen Garrabrant, Dede Vogt, Caroline Herring, Janet Bean, and Leilani Rivera Bond

Women singers, songwriters, and poets have donated 20 tracks for this limited edition compilation CD to raise awareness about violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. \"Congo\'s Angels\" is scheduled for release during Break the Silence Congo Week, October 19-25. Congo Week is a global initiative led by students throughout the globe to raise awareness about the escalating violence against women and children in the Congo and provide support. Students and community organizers in at least 100 countries and 1,000 campuses are expected to organize an activity or event in solidarity with the people of the Congo.

All proceeds from the sale of \"Congo\'s Angels\" will go directly into a special account, designed to offer transparency in accounting. Friends of the Congo,a U.S. based tax-exempt non-profit, will manage this account. No monies, except minimal distribution costs, will be taken from sales.

Carrie Crawford, Chairperson of Friends of the Congo pledges, \"All proceeds from Congo\'s Angels will raise awareness, fund independent media, and support women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo.\"

CDBABY has waived their percentage of sales from Congo\'s Angels as a gesture of solidarity with Congo Week. The CD manufacturer, Oasis, has given a deep discount for the production of Congo\'s Angels. Atlanta based Earthshaking Music donated studio and production time for the mastering of Congo\'s Angels. A group of emergency room doctors in Brainerd, Minnesota donated toward the environmentally friendly packaging of Congo\'s Angels.

1.1 million people are displaced in North and South Kivu provinces and living in unspeakable conditions in refugee camps. 200,000 women and children have been raped and brutalized. It is estimated 1,200 people die every day, and it could be stopped tomorrow with enough international will say human rights groups.

Anneke van Woudenberg, the Congo specialist for Human Rights Watch, has urged independent journalists to explore the reasons behind the violence. \"Things have gotten worse in the last few months,\" she said. \"We desperately need firsthand reports of what is happening here.\"

In response to his story and the plea from Human Rights Watch, women artists from the shores of Hawaii to the banks of the Mississippi Delta immediately offered the gifts of their art and song. From a Hawaiian hula master to a Grammy-winning New Orleans soul singer, and a rising Americana singer, the compilation is a celebration of compassion, love and understanding.


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Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Inspirational album featuring multiple genres, with each track equally beautiful
Dedicated to provide global awareness of abusive conditions to women and children throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo, “Congo’s Angels” by Various is truly an inspiring compilation of women collaborating to send a message. “It’s Not a Big Deal” gives a tang of country mixed with inspiring lyrics. Not only are there songs featuring various styles of music, but you will also hear beautiful, spiritual depth in poetry describing the hurt and harm that has been caused as heard in “For the Women of Change” and also “You Are Not Alone.” Vocals, whether sung or spoken, are exceptionally stimulating and serene in the message they send. These women truly are “angels” to promote awareness of abuse to women and children with a median that everyone will be encouraged to be aware and get involved. “Congo’s Angels” is a wonderful and inspirational collection sure to please fans of genres such as easy listening, alternative rock, country, world, and spoken word.

Abdurrahman Nelson

Sheik
It is inspiring to see work of this type as an early step towards advancing the Economic Development of the African Nation. Indeed, we must develop our sisters and in order to develop the Nation. Chimurenga Development Funding (is developing similar initiatives to make micro-finance available to the micro-enterprises all over the African Nation, at home and abroad.

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Dedicated to provide global awareness of abusive conditions to women and children throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo, “Congo’s Angels” by Various is truly an inspiring compilation of women collaborating to send a message. “It’s Not a Big Deal” gives a tang of country mixed with inspiring lyrics. Not only are there songs featuring various styles of music, but you will also hear beautiful, spiritual depth in poetry describing the hurt and harm that has been caused as heard in “For the Women of Change” and also “You Are Not Alone.” Vocals, whether sung or spoken, are exceptionally stimulating and serene in the message they send. These women truly are “angels” to promote awareness of abuse to women and children with a median that everyone will be encouraged to be aware and get involved. “Congo’s Angels” is a wonderful and inspirational collection sure to please fans of genres such as easy listening, alternative rock, country, world, and spoken word.
-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Helen

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I was expecting Congolese music when I bought this album but I must say I was not at all disappointed when I realised the CD did not feature traditional Congolese music. This collection of music and couple of poems is incredibly powerful and moving. It's like a journey. A journey of the soul. It allows you to feel and explore the horrific experiences of the Congolese people. But it is not sombre. It is empowering, it empowers to you act, to do what you can, to spread the word. The women's voices are beautiful. Very beautiful. I love this album.