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Sugar Ray, Reed Join Family

Nile Rodgers turns disco hit into charity single

September 21, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Former Chic member Nile Rodgers is putting together a cast of musicians and actors to take part in a rendition the Rogers-penned 1979 Sister Sledge hit "We Are Family" as a response to recent backlash against the Arab and Muslim communities in the United States after last week's terrorist attacks. Lou Reed, Kenny G, Cyndi Lauper, Angie Martinez, Angie Stone, Joan Osborne, Sugar Ray and Run-D.M.C. are just a few of the musicians who will participate in the New York recording session of the song, which takes place on September 22nd. Russell Simmons, Sophie B. Hawkins, the Pointer Sisters and members of Sister Sledge are among the Los Angeles contributors, who will record on September 23rd.

"We Are Family," the song as well as a video, will be produced by Nile Rodgers, while Spike Lee will direct a clip for the song. Danny Schechter, a documentary director, will produce a film about the recording session.

Proceeds from the song, which will be released by Tommy Boy, will go towards non-profit organizations working towards defending minorities from racial attacks as well as media and educational programs promoting tolerance. Additional funds will be earmarked for initiatives offering information about the events what people can do to contribute to the relief efforts.

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