When a group of artists like Avril Lavigne, DRAKE, Justin Bieber, Broken Social Scene and K’Naan get together to collaborate, you’re never quite sure what the outcome will be. Especially when those artists music happens to range from pop, rap, to experimental jamming.
But when you hear those artists and more than 50 other of Canada’s most talented young musicians singing “Wavin’ Flag”, a song written by Somali-Canadian hip-hop artist, K’Naan, the result is a goose-bump inducing anthem. The song’s lyrics were adapted for good reason— all of the proceeds raised from the song, sold digitally for $1.29, will be going to recovery efforts in Haiti. It is currently the top selling track on iTunes.
“With the wealth of young artists coming out of Canada, it was obvious that this is something we had to do,” wrote Bob Ezrin, the song’s producer on the Young Artists for Haiti Facebook page. “K’Naan’s lyrics in Wavin’ Flag embody the pain, passion and determination of the Haitian people and lend the hope of a brighter future. The response from the artists has been sensational, and I am so proud that together we may help to make a difference.”