The watery blue indie jazz of Jubilee began in Seattle with Steve Harden’s love for drums and wee-hour talks about life-stuff. “One of our conclusions was that, regardless of what art is, [the artist] gains a voice,” Harden told me, “that’s part and parcel to the whole thing.” Jubilee was started with the self-conscious purpose of sayin’ somethin’ good and fighting slavery.
Steve elaborated that “slavery exists in a lot of different forms whether its people forced to work in a brick factory or a chocolate cocoa farms or a rice mill, whatever, you find it all over the place. You find it in the United States – there’s over 150,000 slaves in the United States. These are people who are told that if you don’t work for us, we will kill you or we will beat you, or we will hurt your families.” Jubilee, officially registered as a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization, gives 50% of all proceedings to helping these victims, and their Myspace

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  1. Contacting Jubilee has been on my to-do list for a while now. I heard they were in Moscow earlier this year, and my house-mate recommended I try to get in touch with them. Reason being that my church is organizing an “abolition week” on both UI and WSU campuses at the beginning of March to raise awareness for human trafficking and slavery. We’ve got a few big names flying in to give presentations, and I would love to bring the band over to be a part of it. Is MySpace the best way to get a hold of them?

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