In honor of World Refugee Day, Common teamed up with Gregory Porter and Keyon Harrold for “Running (Refugee Song).”
“Close my eyes,” Common raps on the soulful selection. “Imagine a place next to me / Where I no longer can be labeled a refugee / Destiny, oh, somewhere down these dark roads / Yeah, we the lost tribe but we found our souls.”
The track was released yesterday to raise funds and awareness for refugees around the world, benefiting organizations like Refugees International (RI), Human Rights First (HRF), and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), among others. “This is the first installment of an initiative called Compositions for a Cause to advance social justice and humanitarian causes through innovative music collaborations,” a statement reads on the Refugee Song website.
Alicia Keys also helped raise awareness for refugees with the release of her short film Let Me In. “I was stunned when I learned that there are more refugees living in the world today than at any other point in history, and half of them are children,” she said of the refugee crisis.
Listen to “Running (Refugee Song)” below.