This is the first in a series of guest posts and guest-curated playlists we will be publishing in honor of our 10th anniversary Focus For Change benefit taking place on October 16, 2014. This year’s theme is “Stories of Courage: Celebrating Human Rights Defenders.” Our first guest-curator is Salman Ahmad, world-renown musician and activist.
By Salman Ahmad
These songs express, for me, universal love, courage and passion.
Get Up Stand Up by Bob Marley – “I know you don’t know | What life is really worth. | It’s not all that glitters is gold; | ‘Alf the story has never been told: | So now you see the light, eh! | Stand up for your rights. Come on!
Revolution by The Beatles – You say you want a revolution | Well, you know | We all want to change the world | You tell me that it’s evolution | Well, you know | We all want to change the world
Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel – “in this proud land we grew up strong | we were wanted all along | I was taught to fight, taught to win |I never thought I could fail
Zamaney (The World has Changed) by my band Junoon
Ring The Bells by Melissa Etheridge and Salman Ahmad – “And ring the bells, ring the bells of change | Ring the bells every boy and every girl | Ring the bells, ring the bells of peace | All over the world”
Earth Song Michael Jackson – “Did you ever stop to notice | This crying Earth this weeping shores?”
Fragile / Sting – “For all those born beneath an angry star | Lest we forget how fragile we are”
Ordinary Love / U2 – “We can’t fall any further if | We can’t feel ordinary love”
Long Road / Nusrat fateh Ali Khan & Eddie Veder – “We all walk the long road.”
Salman Ahmad is world-renown musician and founder of the band Junoon. He has sold over 25 million albums and is also a humanitarian, bridge-builder, and social activist. His real “junoon” (passion) is using his music to bring people together around important social and political issues, such as: bridging the divide between Islam and the West, promoting peace between Pakistan and India, HIV/AIDS, and global health and poverty. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and via the foundation he co-founded with his wife Samina.
Update to Salman Ahmad’s Focus for Change Music Monday Playlist via twitter:
— salman ahmad (@sufisal) September 17, 2014