yeasayer heading to uganda
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 02, 2010

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Teaming up with Polyphonic Spree and another band TBD, to travel with the non-profit organization Invisible Children, Yeasayer plan to raise awareness about the rebel mistreatment and abuse of children in Uganda. You can donate to send them there, to learn more about the conflict and (in partnership with La Blogoteque) document the journey.

Taking time off from freaking us out with light rods and tribal drumming, the band hopes to help the effort to stop the inhumane treatment of children. From Kickstarter (the website hosting donation efforts):
In Uganda, rebel leader Joseph Kony is currently abducting children and forcing them to fight in a war that has lasted over 23 years. When, in 2003, three young guys from southern California traveled to Uganda and stumbled across this situation, they knew they had to share it with the world. The result was the documentary film Invisible Children and, after an unexpectedly overwhelming response to the film, the non-profit organization of the same name.

The plan is to send the bands to Gulu, Uganda to meet locals, perform and start a dialogue about the conflict. The result will be a three-part Take-Away show documentary.

The resulting film is one of many possible rewards for donating. Donations above $5,000 will yield your very own Pocket Party with the bands of your choice. However, the "prizes" are merely incentive... let us not forget the real reason for donating and for paying attention: the help the bands involved inform the world of the 24 year struggle of the people in Uganda and hopefully make a difference.

Check out more details at Kickstarter. -joe



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