Now here’s a project that’ll get you in the holiday spirit, and I don’t mean that in the stressed-out-last-minute-shopping and binge-eating type of way.
The concept behind Hasan Salaam’s EP “Music Is My Weapon” is the belief that music can be used as a powerful tool in the pursuit of freedom, justice, and equality. With the release of the project, Hasan is aiming to prove that music can change people’s lives, literally. All profits from the sale of the EP will be used to fund a school, clean water well, and medical clinic in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. In November 2010, Hasan became the first U.S hip hop artist to ever perform in Bissau. On the same trip he worked with the young artists, taught creative writing to the youth, and headlined a concert to promote freedom of speech. The “Music Is My Weapon” project is the next step, in an effort to provide change to a country that remains one of the poorest and least politically stable in the world.
Word just reached us that the project has already raised over $3,500 towards the goal of $14,500 to construct the school, well, and medical facility in Guinea-Bissau. Construction of the school is estimated to be finished as soon as March 2012.