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The Peacebuilding charity International Alert d is inviting musicians from Liberia and other countries to join a global collaborative music project called Peace Tracks by recording a song online for UN International Peace Day on 21 September.

The Peace Tracks brings together famous recording artists with musicians from around the world, particularly regions which have been affected by instability. The musicians are invited to record songs inspired by short tracks donated by the famous artists, using the online collaborative platform Ohm Studio.

The following artists have contributed to the project: legendary pop group ABBA, singer-songwriter and activist Angélique Kidjo, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar, Oscar-winning film-score composer A.R. Rahman, bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), drummer Roger Taylor (Duran Duran), guitarist and singer-songwriter Melissa Auf der Maur and influential composer Philip Glass.

The project aims to give musicians a platform to collaborate across geographic divides, and to express their views on conflict and peace drawing on their unique musical heritage and styles, Geezer Butler, Black Sabbath’s bassist, lyricist and co-founder, said: “From the earliest Sabbath stuff, I’ve written lyrics about the grim reality of war. Peace Tracks can hopefully bring more people around the world to think about peace.” Butler added. International Alert has been working in Liberia since 1993.

“Collaboration is key to music making, but it’s also integral to peacebuilding. Through this project, we hope to demonstrate the opportunities that music and technology open up for building new relationships across borders and cultures, and sparking conversations about important global issues,” Ilaria Bianchi, Head of Communications at International Alert said.

Contributions will be accepted online until Thursday 10 September.  The best of these will be released on 18 September, in the run up to UN International Peace Day on 21 September.  The initiative forms part of Alert’s second Talking Peace Festival (3 September – 3 October 2015), a month-long series of events designed to spark conversations about peace through creativity. Events take place in London and globally. -Press Relese

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