Duane StephensonÃ‚ may be recognized as one of ReggaeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most talented sons with his top selling releases,Ã‚ Ã¢â‚¬Å“August TownÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Black Gold,Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚ but he is also a dedicated philanthropist. He has been spreading awareness of world hunger and supporting the efforts of theÃ‚ United NationsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ World Food Programme (WFP)Ã‚ to end hunger worldwide, with special emphasis on theÃ‚ Horn of Africa,Ã‚ where a massive drought is causing a devastating famine. A United Nations institution, WFP is committed to getting food where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people inÃ‚ 70 countries.Ã‚ Duane joins fellow musiciansÃ‚ Christina Aguilera and 50 CentÃ‚ in supporting this noble cause.
Duane has teamed up withÃ‚ Hiho BatikÃ‚ on the creation ofÃ‚ FEED AFRICA! T-shirt.Ã‚ All of the proceeds from the sales of this cotton t-shirt benefit the WFP. This Hiko Batik is 100% handmade in the batik tradition, making each one an individual work of art. The sale of one t-shirt forÃ‚ $40Ã‚ raises enough money to feed 40 children in the Horn of Africa.
Last year, Duane Stephenson wrote and recordedÃ‚ Ã¢â‚¬Å“A Step for Mankind,Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚ an exclusive track which calls for world unity and strength to support the ongoing struggle against world hunger. Recorded with the legendaryÃ‚ Wailers, Ã¢â‚¬Å“A Step for MankindÃ¢â‚¬Â features vocalist Koolant, a fresh talent from the heart of St. Thomas known for blazing a positive future for reggae music with his work. The track also introducesDr. DreÃ‚ protÃƒÂ©gÃƒÂ©Ã‚ Bishop Lamont,Ã‚ an up-and-coming rapper, whose magical flow in the songÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s breakdown melds beautifully with the distinctive groove of the Wailers. 100% of the sales of the track on iTunes benefit WFP.
Duane feels that world hunger is a problem that must be solved and is proud to be counted among the men and women who are supporting the efforts of the WFP. Of the two projects that he has created to raise money for the organization, Duane says that each areÃ‚ Ã¢â‚¬Å“a simple way to make a great difference.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Duane will be performing Ã¢â‚¬Å“A Step for MankindÃ¢â‚¬Â at theÃ‚ XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on October 30.Ã‚ The largest sporting event of the year, with over 6,000 athletes from 42 countries competing for medals, Duane hopes to inspire even more people to follow in his footsteps to support the efforts to end world hunger.
In recognition of his efforts, Duane has been invited once again to attend the WFPÃ‚ USA and Department of StateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Global Hunger Conference. Hosted in part byÃ‚ Secretary ofÃ‚ State Hilary Rodham Clinton, this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s conference will honorÃ‚ Howard G. Buffett and Bill GatesÃ‚ with theÃ‚ George McGovern Leadership AwardÃ‚ for their roles in addressing world hunger.
Duane will be on tour with the Wailers starting November 18, 2011. Tour dates are available on the DuaneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website.