ANSA: In Honor of Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday…

In Honor of Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday…
Dear Friends,

Tomorrow, July 18, Nelson Mandela celebrates his 90th birthday. In
his honor, we are proud to announce that Artists for a New South
Africa (ANSA) will be producing an audiobook version of Nelson
Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, an award-winning storybook
featuring timeless tales hand-picked by the Nobel Peace Prize

A diverse array of celebrated, award-winning performers are donating
their talents to this charitable endeavor; those already signed on
to voice stories include:

~ Gillian Anderson
~ America Ferrera
~ Whoopi Goldberg
~ Samuel L. Jackson
~ Alan Rickman
~ Jurnee Smollett
Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu will record a message to the
world’s children for the audiobook. ANSA co-founder, Alfre Woodard,
will serve as Creative Director. Slated for a Summer 2009 release,
proceeds for the audiobook will benefit both ANSA and the Nelson
Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF), a South African organization founded
in 1995 by Mr. Mandela to improve dramatically the way society
treats its children. Both organizations are working to address the
impact of the AIDS pandemic on children in South Africa, which has
more people living with HIV/AIDS and more children orphaned by the
disease than any other country.

Alfre Woodard said, "I was privileged to be with Nelson Mandela
recently in London, where he challenged us saying, ‘…Our work is
far from complete. Where there is poverty and sickness, including
AIDS, where human beings are oppressed, there is more work to be
done… After nearly 90 years of life, it is time for new hands to
lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.’ With this audiobook,
ANSA pays tribute to our friend and our hero, Nelson Mandela, on his
90th birthday. It will take the hands of all mankind to lift that
burden and carry on the work. We hope you will join in and support
this effort."

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales was first published in
2002 in hardcover internationally by NB Publishers and in harcover
and paperback in the US by WW Norton & Company, Inc., which have
granted worldwide rights for the audiobook to ANSA and Hachette
Audio, a division of Hachette Book Group USA, one of the largest and
most respected publishing groups in the world. Individuals and
companies involved in the effort have donated their services and
waived their fees in order to allow the maximum amount of the
proceeds to benefit the charities. In addition to waiving all sales
and distribution fees, Hachette Audio will donate 100% of proceeds
to ANSA and the NMCF, and NB Publishers has waived fees so
additional royalties can benefit the NMCF. The CDs and audiobook
packaging will be manufactured by Ivy/Cinram, which is donating a
significant portion of their services. Time Warner intellectual
property attorney, Bradley Silver, is contributing his legal
services to ANSA, in line with Time Warner Inc.’s pro bono
endeavors. The actors and Creative Director are fully donating their
talents, as are two-time GRAMMY winner Gavin Lurssen, who will
master the audiobook, and Gregory Robinson, who will handle the
mixing and sound effects.

In his original foreward for the selection of folktales Nelson
Mandela wrote, "It is my wish that the voice of the storyteller may
never die in Africa, that all the children of the world may
experience the wonder of books." With the forthcoming audiobook
edition of Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, Mr.
Mandela’s vision will come full circle, as the legendary tales he
selected return to the great oral tradition, which allowed them to
be passed down for centuries and will now enlighten and entertain
chldren of all ages the world over.

We at ANSA are committed to honoring Mr. Mandela’s legacy by
continuing this work. Our goal is to create an audiobook that can be
enjoyed by people around the world, increasing awareness of Africa’s
rich cultural heritages and creating a better future for South
Africa’s most vulnerable children.

Click here to send your own personal message to Neson Mandela!

Thank you for your continued interest and support,

Artists for a New South Africa

Artists for a New South Africa

2999 Overland Avenue, Suite 102
Los Angeles, California 90064
United States

phone 310.204.1748 fax 310.204.4277 |
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