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Alan Steward donates all of the proceeds from his latest single "Underdog" to Free Tibet
[Tuesday, July 01, 2008 11:49]
100% of the profits from the sale of Alan Steward's latest single will be donated to the Free Tibet Movement.

Acclaimed Producer and Recording Artist Alan Steward decided to donate all of the profits from the sale of his latest single "Underdog" from his latest album "Pop Icon" to the Free Tibet Movement.

"As a practicing Buddhist and simply as a human being, I can't sit idly by while Tibet's right to self determination is squashed by tanks and brute military force. I had to do something" says record producer and recording artist Alan Steward.

The Tibetan people are some of the most peace loving people in the world and there has never been a war fought or a terror act planned on behalf of Buddhism. Yet our political leaders are quiet. The Bejing Olympics are going on as nothing happened and none of our leaders seem to stand up for the Underdog. Will somebody come out in open support? Or do politicians only stand up for countries that have the right natural resources or religious ideologies? Is oil really more important than people?

Alan Steward decided to do his part. "I produce dance music, not protest songs but the song "Underdog" seemed just so appropriate for this effort. The lyrics talk about the Underdog that will not be held down because he's a true believer. When I wrote the song, I watched the violence against the Tibetan people unfold on TV and I decided right there, this song will be dedicated to the Tibetan people. The next step was a natural one, to donate the money from sales of this song to the Free Tibet Movement. Maybe I can help in just a little way and maybe I'll be able to help in a big way. It depends on the success of the song, I also hope that other artists will follow in my footsteps and donate at least part of their record sales to the Tibetan cause. Every artist knows what it's like to be the Underdog, we've all been Underdogs" says Alan Steward.

Alan Steward lives in the rainforests of the Caribbean Island of Trinidad where people just recently faced a similar struggle when their rain forest was slated to be flattened to make way for the construcion of a huge acid rain producing aluminum plant by a US metal giant.

"The people here won that struggle, the rainforest stays and the metal plant was sent packing. It was like the movie 'The mouse that roared'. A thousand villagers against a multi-billion dollar, multi-national giant. There was lots of intimidation, agressive police actions but the villagers, simple fishermen and farmers who simply stood up for their land and their way of lfe won. That event was covered by the international press and it played out just a few dozen miles away from my home and this gave me hope that the "Underdog" can win." says a confident Alan Steward.

"Underdog" by Alan Steward is available world-wide on ITunes, Amazon.com, eMusic.com, Napster.com and other online retailers. Alan Steward's web site is at http://www.alansteward.com
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