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    Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:05:41

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    Folk singer Aloe Blacc released the timely video for the acoustic version of the No. 1 song in more than 102 countries -- "Wake Me Up," his collabo with Avicci, in which the singer's soulful voice is overlaid upon the story of a day laborer family striving for a better life and struggling to be united across borders. It is a pairing of folk, soul and EDM, and it's BEAUTIFUL.

    Watch it below.

    Why is it important?

    As Congress turns toward the question of immigration, Blacc chose to collaborate with the immigrant rights group, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the abc* Foundation's Healing Power of Music Initiative, director Alex Rivera, and a cast of actors who have real-life experience with the topic in order to give a human face to the immigration debate and send a message of inclusion to Washington.

    The starring characters are Hareth Andrade, a leader in the immigrant youth movement working to stop her own father's deportation, Agustín Chiprez Alvarez, a Los Angeles day laborer, and Margarita Reyes who was deported with her mother as a child despite being born in the U.S.

    "When people get to tell their own stories, art and life converge," explains Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. "With the video, Aloe's song becomes a soundtrack for the moment and shows the world that both day laborers and dreamers are deserving of respect and inclusion."

    "We believe music has the power to not only create a bridge between people of different viewpoints, but sensitize us to understand we all share the same human needs and rights. This is the Healing Power of Music," says Rodrigo Bravo of the abc* Foundation.

    Aloe Blacc adds, "Having grown up in an immigrant family myself, I know that the stories in the video are not a fiction. It's time that we wake up about immigration and I hope our video can help do that."

    Background on the making of the video and the cast can be found at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network website.

    The National Day Laborer Organizing Network is made up of more than 40 organizations across the country working to improve the lives of day laborers.

    The Healing Power of Music is an initiative of the Americas Business Council (abc*) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports high-impact, innovative, social and environmental organizations working to sustainably advance the Americas.

    What is your take on the video and the cause?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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