Muslim, Jewish, & Christian Artists to Build Musical Bridges


Los Angeles, CA: FaithJam, the inter-religious music and comedy jam session which debuted to wide acclaim at the Islamic Center last spring, is returning to Los Angeles. Craig Taubman, the producer of last year’s highly successful “Let My People Sing” has announced that the festival of song, art, dance, and spirit will be back again with six events from March 8- March11.
FaithJam’07, a multi-faith happening, once again will open the Festival. Free to the public (advance reservations required), it will take place on Thursday, March 8, at the Japanese American Cultural Center, 244 S. San Pedro Street, in Little Tokyo.
FaithJam’07 will be an important evening of musical bridge-building, bringing together the Pakistani group Junoon and Salman Ahmad , the Israeli group missFlag, and the Christ Our Redeemer AME Church Gospel Choir.
“We are thrilled to have these amazing artists performing together with a spirit of hope and collaboration,” said Craig Taubman . “Now more than ever, we need events that bring together people of all faiths, break barriers, and confront the divisions between people. We expect FaithJam to bridge those barriers and inspire people to act.”
All the artists participating in FaithJam’07 and the different events of “Let My People Sing … Again” are donating one song to a CD which will be given out at the various events.
To date 26 local, regional, and national Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and inter-religious congregations and organizations have signed on to cosponsor FaithJam ’07, including: Abraham's Vision, AJC Access, All Saints Church, Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs), Catholic Jewish Women's Conference, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, Emergent Village, The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, IKAR, Interreligious Council of Southern California, Islamic Center of Southern California, Jewlicious, Kehillat Israel, Levantine Cultural Center, Muslims for Progressive Values, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Nashuva, Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation - Omar Center for Culture, Education and Community Outreach, Presbyterian Church (USA) Synod of Southern California and Hawaii, Progressive Jewish Alliance, Sinai Temple/ATID, Southern California Nevada Conference United Church of Christ, Tribe of LA, Valley Interfaith Council, Westwood Hills Congregational Church UCC, and the Women's Interfaith Committee of Los Angeles [list in formation].
Salman Ahmad, lead singer of Junoon, is one of the leading artists in the Muslim world with over 25 million cds sold. The festival embodies his goal of peaceful coexistence.
“As a Muslim I believe that love for humanity means having love for God,” said Ahmad “When people of diversity come together as One, the Universe smiles... My song Ghoom Tana is a metaphor for coexistence. It’s a song I want to dedicate to the people of Darfur because politicians and leaders who spread fear, hate and violence can be defeated only if the people choose to live in harmony with each other.”
FaithJam was born out of the desire to create opportunities for people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds to come together and celebrate their differences. It has become a pillar of the Let My People Sing Festival. This year, Let My People Sing …Again will pick up on last year’s theme, with the addition of a strong call to action. The festival will benefit the work of Jewish World Watch, a coalition of 50 synagogues working together to combat genocide and other egregious violations of human rights around the world with Darfur as its first advocacy campaign. The festival will launch an advocacy campaign that will tie all the events together.
For more information about FaithJam or Let My People Sing … Again, please go to http://faithjam07.com and www.letmypeoplesing.com


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