'17' ft Ty Dolla $ign, Raphael Saadiq, Mali Music and Elijah Blake - Directed by Bush Renz

SANKOFA.org, the social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte, has announced that the audio version of its new Visual EP “17”, featuring music by artists Ty Dolla $ign, Raphael Saadiq, Mali Music and Elijah Blake.

The Visual EP, which made its official February 17th premiere on TIDAL, seeks to raise funds to support grassroots organizing efforts around issues of racial and social justice. It will become available on all DSPs on March 3rd.


Usher's new song, "Chains," speaks to the discrimination and police violence facing African Americans and many other communities. Usher is one of the best-selling artists in American music history, with over 10 million Twitter followers and tens of millions of fans around the globe. And while he has a long history of philanthropy and social service, this will be one of his first forays into linking his music directly to social justice action.

Usher’s team reached out to us at Sankofa.org for guidance and support. We then solicited the families of victims and organizations working on the front lines of the movement to participate with the campaign. We are also working to widen the reach of "Chains."

Jasiri X Doesn't Want the System to Get Away with Murder

Written and performed by new millennium artist/rapper Jasiri X. It’s an arresting, poignant call-to-action about the wave of police brutality that has taken the lives of a growing number of citizens, especially black and brown youth, across this country.