Twenty years after Michael Jackson recorded his iconic "They Don't Care About Us" in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Tito Jackson, returns to the marvelous city to film an appearance in the music video of the charity song "Winning by Giving" (with Mart'nália and kids) which will be released as the anthem of the international news and charity network entitled My Good Planet, to be launched in Rio de Janeiro in the summer.
A statue of Michael Jackson has long stood as a prime tourist attraction atop the Santa Marta favela in Rio's South Zone, and now Tito Jackson makes a mark with his message.
The project "Winniny By Giving" that is already established in Los Angeles, Ireland, and Germany, aims to bring sustainable gardens, clean water and communal safe places to disadvantaged, urban areas of Brazil.
Visit facebook.com/titojacksonofficial for more photos of Tito Jackson with Mart'nália and kids shooting the music video for charity song "Winning by Giving" and planting some seedlings in a little garden as part of the charity project. (Photo is courtesy of Wagner Meier/Getty Images South America).
According Tito, the children of Santa Marta have long identified with the sentiment of Michael's anthem, so now it is time for a practical response showing that people do care.
"It is a great feeling to know that my brother was here 20 years ago and shared so much love and support for the people here and to know that Good Planet is continuing to carry on that spirit and that love in the ways they have done today. And I am so happy to be a part of it because it means so much to me to be among such beautiful people and it's very important. The Good Planet people say to teach young people how to grow fruit and vegetable, organic stuff, and how to have clean water, drinking water, clean up with water and things for the future of the children of Brazil," said Tito Jackson.
The project in Santa Marta builds on an initiative nurtured in the community by resident and favela tour guide, Marco Antonio Martins, who started to cultivate a small plot of land amid the hilltop houses.
"We want to reach children. If I only try and get adults' attention, they want to argue with me, but if a child tries to get an adult's attention, the adult feels bad. If a child tells their mother or father not to throw rubbish, the parent will feel bad, and if a child plants a seed and sees the benefits, it catches on. Children are the future, we can't just think about the present, we have to think about the future," said Martins.
The video is courtesy of The World News
Tito Jackson will be in Brazil on May 16th to film a cameo appearance in the favela of Rio de Janeiro with locals kids and drummers for the music video "WINNING BY GIVING" by Brazilian artist Mart'nália. Tito was asked to be part of this charity song and video and he is excited to contribute and shoot his cameo appearance for the music video in the same favela where his brother Michael Jackson filmed his music video for "They Don't Care About Us" (1996) twenty years ago. It means a lot for Tito to visit that same Favela because his brother embraced Brazil and the people as well.
Mart'nália Mendonça Ferreira, known as Mart'nália (1965) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and percussionist. She is the daughter of sambista Martinho da Vila and singer Analia Mendoncabegan and Mart'nália began her professional career at age 16. In 2015, her album Em Samba! Ao vivo was nominated for the 16th Latin Grammy Awards in the Best Samba/Pagode Album category.
In the spirit of bringing unity and peace all over the world, Tito is looking forward to receive The Olympic Torch along with the children of Bahia on May 19th during a meeting for and with the Pataxo Indian tribe and torch ritual.
Tito will be busy in Brazil to promote his contribution to the "WINNING BY GIVING" project, as well his own upcoming single "Get It Baby", participating in other charity events and visiting local schools and people.
On May 20 and 21st, Tito will be back in the United States and performing with his brothers as The Jacksons at Chinooks Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln, OR.
On June 3rd, Tito releases his highly catchy new single "Get It Baby" featuring Big Daddy Kane from the forthcoming Spectra Music Group release TITO TIME. The single is available for pre-order at iTunes, Amazon Music and Music on Google Playstore.
Tito Jackson will return to Brazil on July 30th for a performance (possibly with Mart'nália) and more dates are being added so watch this space and follow Tito Jackson's official pages for more info and to stay updated.
Shameika Rhymes catches up with Tito Jackson to talk about music, the new album and "Tito Time". Read the article and interview on JetMag.com or below.
Legendary guitarist and performer Tito Jackson has a lengthy resume as a founding member of the iconic Jackson 5 and The Jacksons. While the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is no stranger to the spotlight, it’s the first time he’s stepping out on his own with his solo debut album, “Tito Time.” The album is expected to be released later this year. The first single, “Get it Baby” will be released through Spectra Music Group on June 3rd and features legendary rapper Big Daddy Kane. JET caught up with Tito Jackson to chat about his forthcoming album proving the naysayers wrong.
JET: Over the years there were hints that you were working on a solo debut album and then we didn’t hear anything else. What happened?
Tito Jackson: Part of it was trying to find a home for the album which I did at Spectra. Actually, I was recording a record at Motown and right when I was really getting into it, my father moved us from the label so I never got to finish it. I have been working on this album for quite some time. I became more interested in being a father. I had heard about fathers that didn’t stick around for their kids and I didn’t want to be one of those people. I also had a lot of tragedies over the years. Every time there’s a tragedy, it can set you back a little bit. You just have to keep going and do everything that you love in honor of the people that passed.
JET: What can you tell us about Tito Time?
Tito Jackson: I named it Tito Time because I took my time with it. I’m probably the last Jackson in the world to ever record anything (laughs). All of my siblings released their solo projects so it’s my turn years later. Actually this project is one that I started from the ground up. By that I mean I built Poppa T Studios. I bought the equipment, and a friend and I wired the whole place all for the sake of this project. My brother Michael passed right when I was in the middle of the construction, so I didn’t touch that studio for like three years after he died. I just didn’t have the strength. I eventually got back in there and started recording. I really wanted to find songs that everyone would enjoy regardless of their race, so the album has a lot of different genres. I just believe if you make good music, then people will enjoy it.
JET: Talk about your single, “Get it Baby.” How did it come to fruition and how did you link up with Big Daddy Kane?
Tito Jackson: Linking up with Big Daddy Kane was actually through my production team. One of the producers knew him. We wrote “Get it Baby” in my studio, and it’s just one of those songs where there really wasn’t a whole lot of science work to be done on it. It’s one of those songs that has a Rock & Roll feel to it, but it also has a little bit of everything in it like funk and soul.
JET: What are your thoughts on the music industry, especially now compared to when you first got into the business?
Tito Jackson: It’s hard to say. There’s definitely a big difference and it’s all because of the internet. I think it’s one of the best times for musicians or artists that are trying to be heard. It’s so easy to reach people these days. We didn’t have those things back then. To record a song back in the 60s you had to have money. Just to do one single back then it was roughly about $13,000. Today if you have a computer then you have all the studio time and musicians that you need right there at your fingertips. The down side is anybody can get your music for free. The advantage is those are the people that will come to your shows.
JET: What do you say to the naysayers that didn’t believe you would ever release an album?
Tito Jackson: People have always underestimated me, and I knew they [would] but I never said anything. People have made all kinds of jokes, and I never said a word. I just like for it to show in my music. For the ones that didn’t think I would do the album, I’m going to make a liar out of them. I put a lot of time, love, heart, and soul into this album, so it’s definitely Tito Time.
Be sure to check out the new official website for The Jacksons that is just launched at www.thejacksons.live. Also check out the new The Jacksons official account on Instagram www.instagram.com/hayvenhurst and the new Soundcloud page at www.soundcloud.com/hayvenhurst. Follow the official pages to stay updated on the latest of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon...The Jacksons!
Tito Jackson has paid tribute to his childhood friend David Gest and opened up about his lifelong friend on Good Morning Britain on April 13th (CET) and on BBC Radio 5 Up All Night.
The Jacksons/Jackson 5 founding member Tito Jackson is releasing his incredibly catchy new single "Get It Baby" featuring Big Daddy Kane on Friday June 3rd, 2016.
Tito Jackson is a member of the Jackson Family musical Dynasty, one of the biggest names in music history. Tito is a multi-platinum selling Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member that has charted on the Billboard US Pop charts 30 times with 4 Number One hits and charted 33 times on the Billboard US R&B Charts with 6 Number One hits. Tito's initial success with the recording masterpieces "I Want You Back," "Never Can Say Goodbye", "I'll Be There," (best selling single in Motown's history), and other mega-hits is the genesis of an indefatigable trek into modern musical immortality.
Tito Jackson's eclectic musical arrow is aimed in the direction of diverse genres, R&B, blues, and pop, and at this juncture, Tito plans a series of recording ventures that will include a solo debut album "Tito Time" featuring a caravan of styles that will be released later this year. The first single off of his soon to be released solo album is "Get It Baby" and this up tempo tune is featuring the iconic Big Daddy Kane. "Get It Baby" can be pre-ordered at iTunes, Amazon and Google Play Music store and will be available digitally worldwide on June 3rd, 2016.
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