Malian Pop Duo Amadou & Mariam Launch Single To Fight Hunger

World music stars Amadou & Mariam are the latest celebrity voices to join the fight against global hunger as the new WFP Ambassadors Against Hunger for the European Union. To raise hunger awareness, Amadou & Mariam have dedicated this song to the global hunger challenge.

"Labendela" is the couple’s newest single and draws on their recent experience in Haiti where they visited WFP projects funded by the European Union. The single, and the full version of the accompanying video, was launched on Monday 27 June during a musical event at Terme di Caracalla in Rome, Italy. Amadou & Mariam  performed a short music set and shared some of their experiences as WFP Ambassadors Against Hunger.

While in Haiti the pop duo had the opportunity to meet pregnant and nursing women and their children in the health clinic of Camp l’Aviation, where some 25,000 Haitians displaced after the January 2010 earthquake still live. They also visited projects in Carrefour, one of the worst-hit areas of Port-au-Prince, where a group of women is rebuilding the community with the support of the European Commission and WFP.