In May of 2015 Earthwork Music asked Ben of Heavy Color and Akili Jackson of Radiant City Arts to travel to the Eastern Congo as a musical ambassadors as part of On the Ground's ongoing cultural exchange program. OTG is a non-profit that works with high risk areas around the world to help them grow their local economies via skilled training, building infrastructure and raising the value of their exports via Co-Op Structures.
While in Country, Ben took a field recorder and often would record the various celebrations of each community upon our arrival or departure in addition to collaborating with local musicians. The forthcoming album is a collage of our time there.
The album sales are funneled back into the organization to further the projects in the villages which the recordings were gathered from.
Full Length via Earthwork Music is Forthcoming