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.
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.
Visit http://www.chant4change.com to become a sponsor, to volunteer, and to pledge to attend.
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