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Sweet Mother Tour

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Listen to music by Soulfège:
To Be Free from the album Take Back the Mic.
Sweet Mother from the album Heavy Structured.

 

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Watch the trailer for the film The Shift, featuring the Sweet Mother Tour.

 


 

YES! Magazine graphic: People Taking Charge

Ghanaian-American Derrick Ashong didn’t like what he was seeing when he watched images of Africa on TV: “When I see stories of my homeland, it’s like death, destruction, warfare, violence, the worst things on the planet.” Ashong decided to do something about Africa’s image problem.

The 32-year-old Hip Hop musician, along with fellow members of the band Soulfège, founded the pop music and multimedia phenomenon Sweet Mother Tour, which has brought positive music, videos, and stories about Africa to 146 million viewers through television and radio broadcasts in more than 45 countries. The goal: to bring to Africa a sense of empowerment and cultural self-worth as a foundation for cultural progress.

In April 2006, the group convened a gathering of 250 people from several countries to discuss issues facing the pan-African community. The Tour has also expanded its focus beyond Africa to support youth leadership in art, business, and politics.

South Bronx Community Concert. Photo by Eroc of the Foundation Movement
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The DIY Foreign Policy Heroes are part of A Just Foreign Policy, the Summer 2008 issue of YES! Magazine.
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