1.12.2012

Two Years After Haiti Earthquake: "Today" video by Candice Anitra delivers stirring lyrics and images






Today marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti. The rebuilding is far from over. Reportedly, only half of the billions of dollars raised has actually made it there and thousands upon thousands still living in tents.

The following video was sent to me from my friend Fiona Bloom of The Bloom Effect. I really like the vocals and the photos will make you speechless. Philly born/Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Candice Anitra was inspired by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The song “Today” marks two years later and addresses mother nature, emotion and our vulnerability. Soon after the earthquake shook Haiti on January 12, 2010, a photograph of a mountain of dead bodies gripped Candice Anitra. The shared humanity screamed out, and raw emotion compelled Anitra to compose a song as a reminder that we are all connected and vulnerable, living on one shared earth, and responsible for supporting one another. 


Candice is releasing the track "Today" in order to raise still-much-needed funds to improve lives in Haiti. The video pairs images from Nadia Shira Cohen's post-quake Haiti photo-essay, "Exodus" (Harper's, May 2010), with footage of Candice's performing the driving, melodic, pleading track, while editors Karim Lopez and Simon Doolittle have enhanced the piece with a retro-film aesthetic and a motion to the images that conveys the lyrics - "the way you shook this place, this rock in space." Let's not forget Haiti!