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róisín murphy, sinéad o’connor cover chaka khan for charity

310808_roisinmurphyMicachu, thecocknbullkid and Alessi’s Ark also contribute

Launched with an all-star gig at the ICA in London last month, ActionAid’s 6 Degrees project shines the spotlight on the charity’s work on women’s rights issues, fighting for “an end to the violence and discrimination that keeps poor women poor.” The theme of the campaign is that we are all in this together – we are all connected and we are all responsible. Supporters include Bat For Lashes, Florence & The Machine, DJs Queens Of Noize, BBC Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray, journalist Miranda Sawyer and Epic Records prez Amanda Ghost – the brains behind the campaign’s first musical offering, a cover of the Chaka Khan classic ‘I’m Every Woman’.

Taking the campaign’s six degrees of separation concept, Amanda says she was able to link herself to a woman called Hajara Mukyala, a 20 year old single mother who lives in one of the poorest slums in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. Hajara, who has been working with ActionAid since 2007, was forced to work as a prostitute after being raped aged 14 and thrown out onto the streets when she became pregnant, and it was her story that inspired Amanda’s decision to record a new version of ‘I’m Every Woman’ with an unlikely cast of vocalists. Young up-and-comers Alessi’s Ark, Micachu and thecocknbullkid are joined by the Irish contingent of Róisín Murphy and Sinéad O’Connor, with Amanda Ghost herself completing the 6 Degrees.

“When I found out that I was connected to Hajara I instantly thought, ‘I’m Every Woman’,” says Amanda. “But I wanted to re-record it so that it’s darker and more melancholic. Violence against women is a serious issue and takes away the already limited choices that women in poor countries have. I want that to click for people when they hear the track. I want people to be inspired to get involved and do something.” 

The song will be available as a free download from July 8th – visit www.actionaid.org.uk/6degrees for more information. 

Alan Pedder


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