Songs to Live By

Cover of the "Singing for Life" album. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

In Uganda, a national awareness campaign has helped dramatically lower the percentage of the population infected by HIV over a period of 16 years. But grass-roots organizations aren't just telling Ugandans how to fight AIDS—they're also singing about how to do it. "Music has done so much," says one performer. "It's hard for people to go away with no lesson learned." In the song "Bannange Twajjirwa" ("We Have Been Invaded") from the Grammy-nominated Folkways collection "Singing for Life," a women's group describes the horrors of the virus and promotes prevention and testing.

Listen to Singing for Life: Songs of Hope, Healing, and HIV/AIDS in Uganda"Bannange Twajjirwa (We have been invaded) and "The Struggle Against AIDS"

Music courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways, the non-profit record label of the Smithsonian Institution. Please click here to purchase or for more information

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