This week at Outside In we’ve been taking a look at health - mental, physical and spiritual well being. Music is a medium that helps soothe a troubled soul and positively contributes to both physical and mental healing. There are many organisations who employ art as a means for social change, and one such organisation is the American based program Lifebeat - who promote the awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
The stigma surrounding those who have been infected with HIV is astounding, and while preventing the spread of the virus is important, Lifebeat also work to support young people who are living with the disease through charity concerts to raise money toward HIV research with help from the likes of John Mayer, Scissor Sisters and Beyonce. Read more about Lifebeat here.
Many artists are vocal about the HIV pandemic, and one of my personal favourites is Angelique Kidjo. Click here to read her sentiments on the music industry’s role in fighting HIV. Watch her glorious cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’ below.