Local Music Scene Unites Against AIDS

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AIDS is redefining the meaning of childhood for millions of children globally. On December 1, Winnipeg audiences will have a chance to help UNICEF make this the last generation to bear the brunt of AIDS. UNICEF Canada (Prairie Region) is hosting a special event, called UNITE, at the Pyramid Cabaret featuring some great local talent.

December 1st is World AIDS Day. Established by the World Health Organization in 1988, World AIDS Day serves to focus global attention on the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Observance of this day provides an opportunity for governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations and individuals to demonstrate the importance of the fight against HIV/AIDS. With an estimated 38.6 million people worldwide living with HIV at the end of 2005, and more than 25 million people having died of AIDS since 1981, December 1st serves to remind everyone that action makes a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Performers for the event include ghettotech act Grand Analog, hip-hopper John Smith, and Dangerous Goods. Funds from this event will specifically go towards Youth Prevention programmes in eight countries (China, Mozambique, India, Ukraine, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Namibia). Tickets are $15 at Music Trader, Connect Four Clothing and Answers (@ the U of M) - or at the door.

In 2006, key music industry players got involved with local producer/songwriter Darcy Ataman campaign for "Song for Africa," a "We Are the World"-type collaboration with several Canada artists including Kyle Riabko, Ian Thornley, Choclair, and Winnipeggers Keith and Renee, Danny Greaves (The Watchmen), and Luke McMaster. The song, which was released to radio with wide acclaim, is being used to create awareness of some devastating statistics that include 4.3 million children dead as a result of AIDS since the disease first appeared.

Facebook users can find out more about UNITE here.

Find out more about "Song for Africa" here.

Find out more and World AIDS Day here.

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