This special World Peace CD, released on June 14th, 2019, was inspired by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and other 1960s leaders’ search for peace and justice. JFK’s historic “peace speech” at American University on June 10th, 1963 led to the first limited nuclear test ban treaty and an easing in Cold War tensions. The themes he expressed, such as ending excessive militarism and “making the world safe for diversity,” resonate to this day. Excerpts are included in the booklet.
World Peace features renowned artists Jackson Browne, Nina Simone, Keb’ Mo’, India.Arie, Richard Bona, David Broza, Wyclef Jean, the international collective Playing for Change, and others who have been committed to writing and recording songs of peace and freedom. It begins with contemporary blues artist Keb’ Mo’, who recorded a moving version of the 1975 classic “Wake Up Everybody” with its inspirational lyrics “there is so much hatred, war and poverty… the world won’t get no better, we gotta change it, just you and me.”
The World Peace CD is a celebration of the efforts by artists and statesmen seeking a more peaceful world.
Wake Up Everybody / Keb' Mo'
Africa Unite / Bholoja
It Is One / Jackson Browne
Redemption Song / Richard Bona & Michael Brecker
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free / Nina Simone
Love Train / Keb' Mo'
One / India.Arie
Freedom for Everyone / Bongeziwe Mabandla
Think of OthersT / Mira Awad
East Jerusalem West Jerusalem / David Broza & Wyclef Jean
Imagine / Playing for Change