On March 25, 1807 a group of nations joined together for what was arguably the first international human rights initiative: the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. In recognition of that event, the General Assembly of the United Nations has adopted a resolution designating March 25 as an International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
On March 25, 2009 Culture Project presented Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum, a major concert commemorating the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Held in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations, one of the most unique venues in the world, the concert featured artists from Africa, the Caribbean, North America, Central and Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Featured artists in this TV version include:
Akon & Peter Buffett
Blind Boys of Alabama
Passing Strange's Stew
Breaking The Silence, Beating The Drum was produced by Culture Project in association with the U.N. Department of Public Information. The TV/Internet version was edited by Link TV, which is proud to present the U.S. premiere.