Charity compilation Beating Heart raises funds for Malawi

A new album featuring tracks from Luke Vibert, Machinedrum and more will raise money for communities in the African country, Malawi

Beating Heart – Malawi is the first in a new series of charity compilations to be released by Beating Heart. The first edition collects remixes of tracks from International Library of African Music’s extensive archive with all profits from sales going to charity.

Luke Vibert, Machinedrum, Kidnap Kid, Throwing Shade, My Nu Leng and many more artists have contributed their time to produce remixes for the project which aims to raise funds for communities in Malawi. The proceeds will go towards an initiative called G2M or Garden 2 Mouth, which helps to set up small farming projects in Malawian villages.

Beating Heart’s founders Ollywood and Chris Pedley have commented on the project saying, “The Beating Heart programme reminds us of music’s unique ability to bring cultures together. It’s a great privilege to rework Hugh Tracey’s extensive musical archive alongside contemporary musicians. It’s even sweeter that in doing so we can assist communities where the music originally came from.”

Diane Thram, director of International Library of African Music also said, “We are thrilled that our historic recordings from the Hugh Tracey Collection made in Malawi in the 1950s are being used creatively to produce contemporary music through Beating Heart. This effort is intended to familiarize Malawian youth with their music heritage and its value.  We are very optimistic about the potential of Beating Heart to contribute in positive ways to humanitarian work in Malawi.”

As the project continues to gather momentum the International Library of African Music’s extensive archive will be opened to more artists to create remixes and, in turn, raise money for future G2M projects. Head over to Beating Heart’s website to find out more or buy the album for the bargain price of £10 here.