Andy Worthington’s Band The Four Fathers Release ‘Song for Shaker Aamer’ as Download: 25% of Takings to Go to Shaker’s Family

21.9.15

The launch of the We Stand With Shaker campaign outside the Houses of Parliament on November 24, 2014, featuring, from L to R: Roger Waters, Clive Stafford Smith, Andy Worthington, Joanne MacInnes and Caroline Lucas.Buy ‘Song for Shaker Aamer’ here!

Today, on Bandcamp, I launched ‘Song for Shaker Aamer’, about the last British resident in Guantánamo, as a download, available for just 80p ($1.25) — although you can pay as much as you want for it — with 25% of the money received going to Shaker Aamer’s family.

I wrote ‘Song for Shaker Aamer’ last year, and it was used as the song in the campaign video for We Stand With Shaker, the campaign to free Shaker from Guantánamo, which I launched last November with the activist Joanne MacInnes, and which has secured substantial support, with nearly 100 celebrities and MPs standing with the giant inflatable figure that is at the heart of the campaign.

I recorded ‘Song for Shaker Aamer’ with my band The Four Fathers, and it is the opening song on our debut album ‘Love and War.’ The eight-track album is available in its entirety on Bandcamp for £4.50 ($7), or you can buy individual tracks for 60p ($0.93) each, and a CD is also available for £7 ($10.85), which contains two bonus tracks. You can also buy the CD via my website.

As I stated in a press release I sent out today promoting the release of the song as a download:

It is disgraceful that Shaker Aamer is still held, despite being approved for release from Guantánamo by a military review board under George W. Bush in 2007 and by a high-level task force established by President Obama 2009. The British government has also been calling for his release since 2007, and this year David Cameron raised Shaker’s case with President Obama, and the government supported a Parliamentary motion in March calling for his release. His continued imprisonment ought to be source of shame for the Obama administration, and of embarrassment for David Cameron.

See below for the video — and, if you like the song, and/or its message, please buy it!

Andy Worthington is a freelance investigative journalist, activist, author, photographer, film-maker and singer-songwriter (the lead singer and main songwriter for the London-based band The Four Fathers, whose debut album, ‘Love and War,’ was released in July 2015). He is the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign, the co-director of We Stand With Shaker, calling for the immediate release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, and the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by the University of Chicago Press in the US, and available from Amazon, including a Kindle edition — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. He is also the co-director (with Polly Nash) of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (available on DVD here — or here for the US).

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5 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    Angela Gipple wrote:

    Just ordered the CD. Thanks for all you are doing to help these people.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you, Angela. Your support is greatly appreciated.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Jan Strain wrote:

    A great song… a great cause… #FreeShakerAamer

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Jan! Your support, as ever, is greatly appreciated!

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Oh, and if you’re listening to the song and haven’t heard it before, that’s Shaker’s voice at the beginning (and at the end, and on a few other occasions in the song), recorded by a US TV crew who visited in 2013. Shaker shouted from his cell, alerting the broadcasters to his presence. For more, see here: http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2013/11/20/from-guantanamo-shaker-aamer-says-tell-the-world-the-truth-as-cbs-distorts-the-reality-of-life-at-gitmo/

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Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer.
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