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New York Public Radio's 'New Sounds' presents Jackson Browne leading 'Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1'

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Love Is Love - from Let The Rhythm Lead

For the Week of Jan. 13: New York Public Radio's New Sounds presents Jackson Browne leading A Haitian-American Benefit Project. A new album coming late this month features the veteran American songwriter and activist Jackson Browne in collaboration with musicians from Haiti, Mali, and beyond; titled Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit  Vol. 1, the LP is a benefit for the organization called Artists for Peace and Justice. The first single has just been released. It's called "Love Is Love" and features both Browne, still sounding much like his ubiquitous hit-making self of the 1970s, and the gifted and versatile Haitian musician Paul Beaubrun, whose parents were part of the foundational Haitian pop band Boukman Eksperyans, which he now leads. (A second single came out immediately after, featuring Jenny Lewis and Malian musician Habib Koite.) "Love Is Love" rides along on a languid Caribbean rhythm. Browne sings (mostly) in English and is joined by Beaubrun in the recurring sections sung in Haitian Kreyòl. The song is a simple plea for understanding; the video shows people in Haiti going about their business much like anyone else, and suggests that ideas like love, hope, and family are at least as important as food, clothing, and shelter in creating and sustaining a community. 

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