Loulou - vocalist with the band Thievery Corporation, believes musicians have a unique opportunity to raise awareness about hunger. She says Thievery’s partnership with the World Food Programme is one of the reasons she’s in the band.
Loulou says that musicians can create more awareness and build an ever wider community of people who want to help get the problem solved.
Fans of Thievery Corporation are often shown videos about WFP’s work and encouraged to take part in fund-raising initiatives.
“When you have an audience that is receptive to everything you have to offer, it’s nice to give them something more than music’s good vibrations – something that makes sense in this day and age,” she says, noting that hunger and poverty are a recurring theme in the band’s lyrics.
Loulou says the band’s involvement with WFP has affected her life in many ways. For example, her eight-year-old daughter and some friends have produced 12 paintings that they aim to sell to raise funds for WFP.
Thievery’s partnership with WFP started in early 2005, when the group’s founders Rob Garza and Eric Hilton threw a fundraiser for WFP’s tsunami operations at Washington’s popular 9:30 Club. They have since recorded video and audio public service announcements for WFP and done other fund-raising events.
Garza says, “I think compassion for the hungry is universal … and yet the kind of hunger and poverty I’ve seen on my trips with WFP remains invisible to most people living in the developed world."
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