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February 19th, 2010
More details have emerged about the all-star Canadian benefit single for Haiti, which was recorded yesterday in Vancouver.
A representative for Fefe Dobson confirmed to MuchMusic that the singer was also at the studio session, and that Drake, Justin Bieber and Avril Lavigne also contributed parts to the song remotely.
CTV’s Olympic Morning showed footage early on Friday of a few artists entering The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver (which was founded by Bryan Adams) to work on the song: K’naan, Nikki Yanofsky, Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley, Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash, Metric members Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Jully Black, and Kardinal Offishall.
The song’s producer, Canadian Bob Ezrin (who has worked with 30 Seconds To Mars, Pink Floyd, KISS) was also quoted commenting on the song, saying, “K’Naan’s lyrics in Wavin’ Flag embody the pain, passion and determination of the Haitian people and lend the hope of a brighter future. The response from the artists has been sensational, and I am so proud that together we may help to make a difference.”
Reportedly, the song will benefit Free The Children, War Child Canada and World Vision.
According to Dobson’s rep, Nelly Furtado was invited to participate but was already booked at the 2010 Premios Lo Nuestro awards on Thursday night in Miami.
If history is any guide, this benefit cover would parallel the 1985 Canadian supergroup Northern Lights, which recorded the song “Tears Are Not Enough” for the original We Are The World album.
Famously, the “We Are The World” remake, “We Are The World 25 For Haiti,” recently debuted during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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