MTV is looking to promote peace through—what else—music.
The cable network has launched a new series aimed at helping youths in conflict countries bridge gaps through song. The show, called “Rebel Music,” includes episodes featuring Israel and Palestine, as well as Egypt, Afghanistan, Mali, India and Mexico.
The Israel/Palestine episode premiered Monday on mtvU, the broadcaster’s college channel, though the show launched November 18.
The episode followed Israeli heavy metal band Orphaned Land, Palestinian-Israeli rock band Khalas, Palestinian hip-hop group G-Town, and Maysa Daw, a 20-year-old Palestinian with an Israeli ID card, among other artists.
“Rebel Music mirrors the approach and philosophy I’ve embraced throughout my entire career – art as a catalyst for social change. MTV World has the ability to reach and give voices to young people around the world on a scale unlike a lot of other platforms, and it’s something to applaud,” said Shepard Fairey, executive producer for the show.
“Rebel Music is reporting on very important content and ideas that remind people of the power of the combination of music, art, and activism. I’m excited to be working with the Rebel Music team on such a vital project for today’s generation.”