Annie Lennox about ”Sing” at the Today show
Annie Lennox spoke about her new album with Today‘ Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales in an interview on Rockefeller Plaza on Tuesday, explaining how she has become committed to fighting HIV-AIDS in South Africa, where, she says, one in three women is HIV-positive.
Annie said she had been unaware of the situation in that country until several years ago when she went to Cape Town to participate in an event that kicked off Nelson Mandela’s 46664, an organization named for Mandela’s prison number while he was incarcerated during South Africa’s apartheid era and formed to battle HIV-AIDS and its causes – poverty, lack of education and attitudes toward women.
“When I realized the extent of the genocide that’s going on there with AIDS, it’s just so shocking, I decided to spread the word and let people know about it.”
She’s also putting her money where her microphone is, donating proceeds from the album to the cause and doing work with the Treatment Action Campaign, which is also fighting for those affected by Africa’s HIV-AIDS epidemic.
One of the songs on “Songs of Mass Destruction,” “Sing,” features 23 of the world’s most famous female singers, including Celine Dion, Madonna, Shakira, Gladys Knight, Joss Stone and Melissa Etheridge – “My choir of 23,” as Lennox calls them.