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Chant 4 Change announces October 8th artist lineup

One month before Election Day, Chant4Change presents a multicultural, multi-denominational festival of music and spirit at the Lincoln Memorial, between 12 pm and 10 pm on Oct. 8. The ten-hour event is dedicated to healing and uniting the nation through song, prayer and devotion. More than a dozen leading artists and thinkers will perform sacred music and give talks countering the messages of hate and division that have dominated the 2016 election season.

Performers include:
Grammy-winning Sweet Honey in the Rock, an a-capella gospel/jazz/spiritual ensemble that has inspired audiences worldwide. 

”Kirtan Rabbi” Andrew Hahn, who performs mystical Hebrew chants in dreamy loops and hypnotic world rhythms. 

Gaura Vani, of Juggernauts and the Hanumen, whose audience-engaging world beat/Kirtan sounds reflect his upbringing at Hindu – Hare Krishna ashrams worldwide.

Jai Uttal, a Grammy-nominated pioneer in the world music community.

Fanna-FI Allah, a Sufi Muslim group whose ecstatic, trance-like vibe celebrates the love of the Divine through poetry. 

MC Yogi, a musical pioneer who has created a new genre of yoga-inspired hip hop.

Linda Larkin, the original and current voice of Princess Jasmine in Walt Disney’s Aladdin.

Tina Malia, an etherial singer-songwriter-instrumentalist whose music defies labels and embraces multiple cultures and spiritual traditions.

Mikey Pauker, a Folk/World artist whose music written in Hebrew, English and Sanskrit has been described as “Medicine Music.”

Others appearing at the donation-based, non-profit festival include New Age/World Music chart-topper Ajeet Kaur, and Cherokee musician and storyteller Yona FrenchHawk. In addition, confirmed presenters include Radhanath Swami, author of the New York Times best-seller, “The Journey Within,” and Yoga Alliance Chief Ambassador Andrew Tanner. 

Over the centuries, people of many lands and cultures have chanted and sung together to give voice to their yearnings for peace. Chanting and singing bonds us to one another and builds community, something sorely needed now, amid this divisive presidential election. On the same steps where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his powerful, “I Have a Dream,” speech 53 years ago, #Chant4Change offers a beautiful reminder to the world that mankind can and must live in harmony together.
Sponsors include the Call and Response Foundation, Yoga Alliance, Gaura Vani LLC, Beloved Yoga, Skip Maselli, and Mannabliss, LLC.

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Chant4Change brings call-and-response music to the Lincoln Memorial on Oct. 8 to heal and unite the nation.

During this time of political tension, when the noise of fear and division dominate social discourse, most people yearn for a better way forward. Meditative music and devotional yoga have inspired, mobilized, and healed people throughout history. One month before Election Day, on Oct. 8, 2016, a collection of musicians and inspirational speakers present Chant4Change, a 10-hour-long free festival of tolerance, love and unity.

On the same steps where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his powerful, “I Have a Dream,” speech 53 years ago, musicians from a variety of call-and-response traditions, including kirtan, will join community and spiritual leaders in sharing their hopeful prayers and messages of inclusion and goodwill. The free event will provide a powerful reminder to the world that mankind can live in harmony together.

The goal, says organizer and noted kirtan musician Gaura Vani, is to transmit a healing message of peace through chant music: “The situation we are facing as a globe cannot be solved alone. Music offers a way to come together and to listen to each other.”

Confirmed presenters include Radhanath Swami, author of the New York Times best- seller, “The Journey Within,” Gaura Vani, who performs with The Hanumen and The Juggernauts, hip-hop innovator MC Yogi, Grammy-winning a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Yoga Alliance Chief Ambassador Andrew Tanner. Sponsors include the Call and Response Foundation, Yoga Alliance and Mannabliss, LLC.

“The more we allow ourselves to be driven by our differences, the further apart we are pulled from one another…We are beings that are supposed to live in harmony and love, and when we fall away from expressing that, it is usually where things go wrong.”
– Radhanath Swami, The Journey Within

About Chant4Change: A project of the Call and Response Foundation and Gaura Vani, LLC, Chant4Change is a festival of chant music focused on raising harmony, love and unity among all peoples and religious traditions. About the event: Chant4Change 2016 is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2016, from 12 pm to 10 pm, at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037.

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