Make it a better place.
In 1991, Michael Jackson released his album Dangerous, which featured the song “Heal the World.” But did you know that MJ would later go on to say that “Heal the World” is the song he is most proud of?
So dedicated was the singer to the message of the song that he founded the Heal the World Foundation, which existed in its original state for ten years and helped to provide major relief as well as drug and alcohol abuse eduation to Sarajevo, not to mention it helped disadvantage children in other areas. According to Jackson, the goal of the foundation was “to improve the conditions for children throughout the world.”
It’s only natural, then, that a new cover of the song was made entirely by children. And they’re not just any children: These are musical prodigies from around the world that came together virtually to perform a version of “Heal the World” unlike anything you’ve heard before.
Which one of these young performers is your favorite?
The project was the brainchild of Maati Baani, a world music duo based in Mumbai, India. Literally meaning “The Language of The Earth,” Maati Baani describes their genre as “Hindustani Classical, folk music across the globe, funk, jazz, blues, rock, lounge, ambient—basically anything and everything. No rules, no boundaries.”
This helps explain how they came up with the idea for their biggest endeavor yet: A cover of “Heal the World” that would bring together 45 children from across the world, albeit virtually.
A World in Need of Healing
According to Maati Baani, their inspiration for the piece of work was not a happy one.
“We are living in times which are not peaceful. We witness violence directly or indirectly every day. We felt that it was the right time to do this and a great way to send a message to people affected by violence that we care and we are with you.”
How better than to bring together young people to inspire others to do acts of good in the world, as was Michael Jackson’s original intention with the song?
Though Maati Baani never met any of the young performers in person, they perfectly edited and compiled all the videos the children submitted into one coherent and powerful music video.