Musician/activist, Drea Pizziconi has premiered her new global empowerment anthem ‘Let Us Dance’ featuring Maimouna Youssef and The Dap-Kings Horns, with a live performance at the CAMFED 25 Gala honoring singer-songwriter, social activist and philanthropist, Annie Lennox on May 9. The gala’s theme is ”Education Changes Everything”.
‘Let Us Dance’, as released worldwide, with all profits in 2019 supports the Campaign for Female Education’s (CAMFED) work to educate girls in Africa. ”In 2019, it is still dangerous to be a woman in most parts of the world. Yet education is a basic human right and there is no better investment in our world’s future, than the investment in a girl’s education. But the barriers for women to reach our potential remain high. I wrote this song for all the girls out there who won’t give up and who want to tell the world, get ready… we’re coming”, expresses Drea Pizziconi.
‘Let Us Dance’, written and produced by Pizziconi with a rousing rap by Youssef, follows that invaluable narrative. ”It’s time that we have an affirming women’s empowerment anthem that’s not reactionary, but powerfully proactive and fiercely feminine”, says Maimouna Youssef about the record. ‘Let Us Dance’ is the first release of several new singles Pizziconi will be releasing in the coming months in support of her social justice activism and especially the right for women to speak up and share their stories of survival.
The multi-faceted musician is an award-winning music director, producer and arranger, who is classically-trained as a vocalist and percussionist, having toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East as a recitalist and featured artist. Her exposure to daily life around the world as a touring musician not only inspired her early social and entrepreneurial activism in favor of expanding education access for youth, but constantly reignited her storyteller musical roots, compelling her to write music that would give a voice to those without a platform to speak, so these critical stories of survival can be told.
The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school, succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. CAMFED invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their education has transformative potential.