In 2006, inspired by the events of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, a group of high-profile musicians got together for a benefit album. Proceeds from the album went to the nonprofit organization Artists Project Earth, which raises awareness and funds for climate change projects and for disaster relief efforts. The album, titled Rhythms del Mundo Cuba, fused the styles and sounds of Latin American favorites (Buena Vista Social Club) with tracks from U.S. and European artists such as U2, Sting, Coldplay, and the Arctic Monkeys.
Now Rhythms del Mundo is doing it all over again. On August 11th, another batch of music heavyweights will look to change the world with the release of Rhythms Del Mundo Classics. The Killers (covering The Eagles’ “Hotel California”), KT Tunstall, Editors, Augusto Enriquez, One Republic, The Kooks, and Eros Ramazzott recorded songs exclusively for the release.
Also included will be a Latin-flavored twist on previously recorded songs like The Rolling Stones’ “Under the Boardwalk”, Amy Winehouse’s cover of Sam Cooke’s “Cupid”, and John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
These great artists have given up their time to be part of an album that will raise awareness and funds for the most crucial crisis facing us today,” said Rhythms del Mundos producer Kenny Young. “Climate change is our greatest global challenge so join us and act now to do something positive for our future.
Several of the album’s tracks can currently be streamed via the album’s MySpace.
Rhythms Del Mundo Classics Tracklist:
01. Hotel California – RDM ft. The Killers
02. Cupid – RDM ft. Amy Winehouse
03. Imagine – RDM ft. Jack Johnson
04. Under Pressure – RDM ft. Keane
05. Walk On The Wild Side – RDM ft. Editors
06. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – RDM ft. Kaiser Chiefs
07. Satisfaction – RDM ft. Cat Power
08. Under The Boardwalk – RDM ft. The Rolling Stones
09. Runaway – RDM ft. The Zutons
10. Because The Night – RDM ft. KT Tunstall
11. Bohemian Rhapsody – RDM ft. Augusto Enriquez
12. For What It’s Worth – RDM ft. OneRepublic
13. Big Yellow Taxi – RDM ft. Aquila Rose & Idana Valdes
14. Beat It – RDM ft. Fall Out Boy & John Mayer
15. Purple Haze – RDM
16. Smells Like Teen Spirit – RDM ft. Shanade
17. Are You Ready For Love – RDM ft. The Kooks
18. Mi Cherie Amour – RDM ft. Eros Ramazzotti
19. Stairway To Heaven – RDM ft. Rodrigo & Gabriela