For the past decade, WITNESS has brought together human rights activists, world-renown musicians, and a community of supporters from the arts, media, philanthropy and tech worlds to share stories of the brave human rights defenders who use video to expose abuse, while garnering new support to reach the next generation of activists.
A large part of what makes our Focus For Change Benefit one the most celebratory nonprofit events in New York City are the beautiful performances by a range of musical artists. We wanted to thank them again by pulling together a sampling of most of our performers in today’s playlist.
Focus for Change benefit performers from the past 10 years:
Peter Gabriel – Red Rain (Live on Letterman)
Emmylou Harris – Blue Bayou – live 2014 with Bonnie and Carrie – remastered
The Roots – The Seed (2.0) ft. Cody ChesnuTT
Chic feat. Nile Rodgers – Le Freak – live at Eden Sessions 2013
K’NAAN – Take A Minute
Cyndi Lauper – True Colors LIVE!
Emmanuel Jal – Warchild
Sheryl Crow – My Favorite Mistake
The B-52’s – Roam
Citizen Cope – One Lovely Day
Feist – Undiscovered First (From The Basement)
Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence (Original Version from 1964)
Jackson Browne – Running On Empty
Vampire Weekend – Unbelievers (Live on SNL)
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Full Performance (Live on KEXP)
Crosby Stills – Teach the children well ( with lyrics)
Dr. Jimmy Cliff – “The Harder They Come”
Hungry Marching Band – Trombone Arrangement of Royals by Lorde