Gathered up by a non-profit record label Revolution Harmony, metal masterminds Serj Tankian, Devin Townsend and former Emperor frontman Ihsahn have joined forces with the producer/composer Ray Holroyd to record a charity single "We Are" dedicated to South African revolutionary and former leader Nelson Mandela.
The single will be officially released on July 18, also known as the Mandela Day, with all the eventual proceedings going to Buskaid charity organization. Lyrically, the tune revolves around the concept of musical harmonies having the power to inspire a revolution towards societal harmony, which is essentially the concept behind the entire label.
"It has been an absolute honor being involved with the Revolution Harmony project to bring much needed financial aid to Buskaid in South Africa," Serj Tankian said via label's official website. "Music has saved my life and has the potential to create positive change in all those young kids struggling to make themselves heard and to survive. The song is a musical collage of complex yet moving colors intertwining genres and vibes."
Devin Townsend has also expressed his gratitude for being involved in the entire project, saying, "I met Ray while he was working at a guitar magazine in the UK. He was very generous with his position there and had convinced me to guest on his charity project. I am happy to contribute and to be involved with the other musicians. I hope the goals he has for the benefit of people in need come to fruition, and I wish everyone involved the best of luck. Please do what you can to help people less fortunate than yourself, it is rarely easy, but it is a testament to the human spirit."
Finally, Ihsahn went on to call the project "something special" and a unique way to help the society, stating, "Knowing how music has shaped and enriched my own life, and how privileged I have been to be able to follow that passion, I really appreciate Buskaid's work to enable young people to follow that same path. Like most, my involvement in charity has been very generic, like signing up for donations to some of the global organizations, but Revolution Harmony has given me the opportunity to contribute with something personal, together with people who share my passion for music. I'm honored to be part of this."