Powerful music has a lot of strength. It motivates people and can positively change society. Live music can be a source of inspiration and help you to protest against war, social injustice, and other human causes.
Music is a universal language, and that’s why it’s so appealing. It can break down complicated problems into simple things like love and friendship that we can all relate to. Here are some examples of how music has initiated change in society and affected human lives, and changed the world.
“Times They Are A-Changin’”
Bob Dylan has always been outspoken about various social issues.
He sang many songs during the African-American Civil Rights movement during the 1960s. This particular song was for the young generation who were looking for a change in the society that was at that time engulfed in segregation and oppression.
Hope for Haiti Now
This concert was hosted in January 2010, and it helped to raise funds for Haiti after the massive earthquake that claimed many lives. Millions of viewers watched the concert, and it helped to raise about $58 million. Great musicians like Madonna, Shakira, and others sang at the concert.
This protest song was created in 1985 by Steven Van Zandt and Arthur Baker, along with artists Bruce Springsteen and Miles Davis, to fight against Apartheid in South Africa. A documentary was also created along with it.
“Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)”
Bob Marley sang this song to express his concern about the political and social condition of the nation. IT was created in 1975 to warn that the poor people are going hungry.
This concert was organized in 1985 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. The concert raised about $245 million for famine relief in Ethiopia. This concert was held in London and Philadelphia at the same time. About 172,000 attendees were present at the concert, and nearly 2 billion people across 150 countries listened to the concert.
These songs and concerts have inspired people and even helped to change the laws and perspectives of the government. Songs are strong weapons for social change, and artists often use them to make this world a better place.