The garment factory collapse on April 24th outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh took over 1,000 lives and injured 2,500 others in what is said to be one of the deadliest garment industry accidents in history. In response, various organizations stateside and abroad have been working to improve working conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers by putting pressure on the companies that benefit most from this type of unfair and unsafe labor such as Benetton, Wal-Mart, JCPenny, Gap, Primark, Joe Fresh, Tommy Hilfiger, The Children’s Place, Dress Barn and Mango.
In an effort to raise funds and awareness for Bangladeshi workers, hip hop artist Brooklyn Shanti and political activist and writer Tanzila ‘Taz’ Ahmed have produced Beats for Bangladesh: A Benefit Album in Solidarity with the Garment Workers of Rana Plaza which features artists of the South Asian diaspora such as Mandeep Sethi, Sarawathi Jones, Red Baraat, Fair and Kind, Vijay Iyer, and Chee Malabar, among others. Cover art for the project is done by Nisha Sembi of the Kalakari Collective.
The album is available on Bandcamp and all proceeds go to the Bangladeshi Center for Worker Solidarity. Check it out by following the link and donating if you can.