Hip-Hop star Nas is among a group of high profile artists donating remixes of Youssou NDours track Wake Up in support of creating awareness surrounding critical health issues in Africa.
Nas is part of IntraHealths Open initiative, which engages technology, health leaders and students to innovate new technologies to make health care more affordable to people on the continent.
Starting today (February 11), remixes by Nas, Peter Buck, Toubab Krewe, DJ Equal, Duncan Sheik, Umar Bin Hassan, Afrissippi, Beef Wellington, Q-Burns Abstract Message and Youssou N’Dour himself, who is producing a charity album titled Open Remix.
The Wake Up remixes are available for free through a number of online distribution partners, including Rhapsody, iLike and Amazon MP3 and fans are encouraged to donate towards the project.
“Open source technologies let us address health challenges collaboratively with African developers in the lead,” N’Dour told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “If we invest in open source development training in Africa we will be supporting self-sufficient health professionals able to use technology and customize programs to address their critical health challenges.”
NDour is one of the most famous singers in the world. He is also an ambassador to the United Nations and champion of civil rights.
IntraHealth International in a leading non-profit that has been focused on improving health service in developing countries for over 30 years.
No release date was available for the Open Remix album as of press time.
In related news, Nas and his wife, R&B singer Kelis, are expecting their first child together. The rapper is also working on a new album with Damian Marley.