Jackson Browne Releases "Love is Love" from Haiti Benefit Album

Arts Music released the track "Love is Love" from the upcoming benefit album Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol 1, a collaborative project of songwriters Paul Beaubrun, Jackson Browne, Habib Koité, Jenny Lewis, Raúl Rodríguez, Jonathan Russell, and Jonathan Wilson, with members of the Haitian roots band Lakou Mizik.

Hailing from four different countries, interweaving North American Indie Rock with beats and percussion of Haitian Vodou, Spanish and Malian guitar, Tres Flamenco, with songs in English, Creole, Khassonké, Manding and Spanish, Let The Rhythm Lead celebrates the work of Artists for Peace and Justice in Haiti, and was recorded at their Artists Institute on the island's southern coast, in the town of Jacmel.

Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1 is a meeting of musical styles and traditions that brings together the world views of songwriters Paul Beaubrun, Jackson Browne, Habib Koité, Jenny Lewis, Raúl Rodríguez, Jonathan Russell and Jonathan Wilson alongside members of Haitian roots band Lakou Mizik at the Artists Institute of Jacmel.

Steeped in polyrhythmic drumming of Haitian Vodou, complex notes of Spanish Tres, Flamenco and Malian Guitar, interwoven with North American folk and rock, Let the Rhythm Lead is a musical odyssey, employing an array of diverse songwriting traditions and genres to tell stories of new friendships and collaborations, powerful spirits and ancient traditions, all the while honoring humanity, love, understanding, awakening and rejuvenation. Six languages narrate the journey with singing in English, French, Creole, Khassonké, Manding and Spanish.

Conceived of by Jackson Browne for Artists for Peace and Justice, the project is the first in a series of meetings that bring together celebrated international songwriters within the rich music and culture of Haiti. Written and recorded over the course of two weeklong trips to Haiti, principal production took place in the We are the World Studio A at the Artists Institute.

Set on a five acre campus overlooking the Caribbean Sea of Haiti's southern coast, the Artists Institute, a private Haitian foundation, was built in partnership with Artists for Peace and Justice, Artists for Haiti and Quincy Jones' and Lionel Richie's We are the World Foundation following Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake. Students, staff and artists from the Institute took part in all aspects of the project, exposing them to the professional arts of songwriting, music and video production.

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