Gulf Aid All-Stars Release "Ain't My Fault" Single on iTunes
Wed, 16 Jun 2010 10:01:56
With oil continuing to leak into the waters off the Gulf Coast, The Gulf Relief Foundation's fundraising efforts will continue with the June 15 iTunes release of "Ain't My Fault." This musical collaboration features the GULF AID ALL-STARS: New Orleans' own Preservation Hall Band and Trombone Shorty collaborating with Lenny Kravitz, Tim Robbins and Mos Def. The song--an updated version of a 1960s New Orleans Mardi Gras standard originally written by Joseph Smokey Johnson, who also recorded the track, and Wardell Joseph Quezergue--features updated lyrics by Mos Def and Preservation Hall's Ben Jaffe to reflect the current tragic situation's affects on the region. "Ain't My Fault" will be available via iTunes and other digital formats as a single or video, at .99 cents a piece, with all proceeds being distributed by the Gulf Relief Foundation (http://www.gulfaid.org) to support organizations focused on wetlands/coastal environmental issues and the regional seafood industry.
The 2010 version of "Ain't My Fault" was recorded in an impromptu late night session at Preservation Hall in New Orleans just days before the musicians performed at a May 16 GULF AID benefit concert there; it was produced by Ben Jaffe and Bill Lynn. Beyond the building's own history, the musicians also made use of some historic equipment with Kravitz utilizing Sweet Emma's Amp and Mos Def singing through Sweet Emma's megaphone; the two also traded licks with 78-year old Charlie Gabriel. It's the past and the present fused into one song for a good cause. Amen to that.
"Hip Hop is the New Orleans Jazz of this generation," Ben Jaffe says. "If this was 1910, Mos Def and Lenny would be doing the same thing with Jelly Roll Morton or Louis Armstrong." Stephen Rehage--founder and producer of the Voodoo Experience and the producer of the GULF AID benefit concert--organized and executive produced "Ain't My Fault" as a way to continue the fundraising efforts. "We had all these musicians together and wanted people outside of New Orleans to experience this great collaboration," Rehage says. "The song and video are another way for us to help raise funds and awareness of this ongoing tragedy."
The Associated Press reports that between 40.7 and 114.5 million gallons of oil have been spilled into the Gulf of Mexico since the April 20 rig explosion. 120 miles of coastline have been affected, running from Louisiana to Florida.
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