The group went ot Africa earlier this year and recorded a song about the crisis called Great Divide with the help of a South African childrens choir.
Now, the group will be releasing the song on iTunes this Friday (Dec. 1) in honor of World AIDS Day and will donate all proceeds to an HIV Research Unit in Soweto, South Africa.
Lead singer Taylor Hanson says the song was actually written before the group traveled to Africa but says seeing the AIDS crisis firsthand helped to get the tune finished.
As he puts it, AIDS in Africa is like the wildfire coming over the hill. But the lyrics to Great Divide are about finding hope.
Besides seeing how AIDS has devastated South Africa, Hanson also had some joyful experiences while there.
In his words, We really got to see the ancestry of rock and roll. In that aspect, it was more than we bargained for.
(Contact numbers available only to subscribing media or trial media users. You can request samples at the Wireless Flash web site.)
Copyright © 2006 Wireless Flash News Inc. All rights reserved. Wireless Flash® and FlashNews® are registered trademarks of Wireless Flash News Inc.