September 28, 2015 - 11:30 AM
KELOWNA - A Las Vegas DJ who grew up in Kelowna is taking donations for Syrians instead of payment for his latest single, which features the voice of a Hip Hop icon.
Will Ramadan, known on the Electronic Dance Music scene as KnowleDJ, has been a successful party DJ in Vegas for almost ten years. He grew up in Kelowna and now tours regularly across North America.
Being from a Syrian family, Ramadan decided to give all money raised from sales of his new song to refugees living in civil war-torn country.
“Pretty much my entire extended family lives (in Syria),” he says. “They’ve been lucky to live in the area where the least conflict has happened up until now but they’re starting to hear guns and missiles. For them the danger is imminent.”
The track, called P.L.U.R., just recently became available on most DJ databases and has already been downloaded hundreds of times. It is available on iTunes as well but Ramadan’s website is giving it away free of charge.
“Our goal is to raise some money to help the refugees in Syria,” he says. “Instead of charging money we’re encouraging people to donate and help the millions of refugees in Syria.”
Vocals on the track are provided by a very famous DJ from New York City who changed the face of Hip Hop with his single "Be Faithful."
“Having Fatman Scoop is huge because he’s revered by DJ’s everywhere. He inspired me way back in 1998 to be a DJ," he says. "I was a promoter at the time in Kelowna and I heard that song. To this day it’s the most played club song in the world.”
Scoop and KnowleDJ have partnered with IamSyria.org and Tharwa.org, two long-time American charities which have been working hands-on to help those most in need.
The songs' title, P.L.U.R. is meant to convey a message Scoop says needs to be embraced.
"Me and KnowleDJ talked about doing a song, that would bring people together. Music is a universal language. We are all human beings, and nothing brings us closer together than music, except maybe food," he says. "We thought of a bunch of ideas, but it all really came down to one thing. Peace, Love, Unity and Respect.”
You can download the song, check out the video, and find out more about the story of P.L.U.R. at KnowleDJ.net.
KnowleDJ and Fatman Scoop in Las Vegas.
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