From Ian at 7Thirty Entertainment:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
British rapper Lowkey marks Gaza 1 year war with No.1 spot in charts
LONDON, UK, 4th January 2010 – Mesopotamia Music rapper Lowkey has stormed to Number 1 in the Amazon hip-hop download chart with the highly anticipated charity single “Long Live Palestine Part 2”. The song features verses from international artists, including DAM, The Narcicyst, Eslam Jawad, Hich Kas, Reveal, Hasan Salaam and Shadia Mansour.
The underground rapper behind 2009’s protest anthem “Long Live Palestine Part 1” has defied critics who called him “too political” by toppling well known artists Jay Z, 50 Cent and the Black Eyed Peas. The achievement is most profound as Lowkey did not have the promotion from a lucrative record label, nor the support of any major radio DJ’s.
Lowkey, who is a patron of UK based Palestine Solidarity Campaign, says: “Through the universal language of hip-hop, this song aims to unite people from across the globe to express their solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle for freedom, equality and self determination.”
“The support for this single amongst the general public has been overwhelming and is testament to the fact that Gaza is not forgotten even though it no longer makes mainstream headline news.”
Lowkey releases this tribute single alongside the 1 year anniversary of the Israeli massacre in Gaza, labelled ‘Operation Cast Lead’, which killed 1,400 Palestinians and maimed hundreds more. Profits from the sale of this single will be equally shared between Interpal and Islamic Relief, two leading charities undertaking much needed relief and development work in Gaza.
Anti-war veteran and former UK Cabinet Minister Rt. Hon. Tony Benn has been forthright in his support for the single. "The song speaks to people about the struggle of the Palestinians and their fight for freedom. By buying it you, your friends and your colleagues can show support for the Palestinian people in their hour of need. The single is supported by Stop the War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Viva Palestina. I hope we can count on yours too." www.lowkeytop40.co.uk
PLACES TO DOWNLOAD LONG LIVE PALESTINE PARTS 1 & 2 FROM:
http://bit.ly/6BjsHv - iTunes
http://bit.ly/7AILEC - Amazon (UK)
http://bit.ly/52cmcw - Play
http://bit.ly/8fvAsb - HMV (Song No.3)
http://bit.ly/5t7Pbt - Tesco (Song No.3)
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