Regional artists set to raise money in honor of Harambe

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News

Black Mountain resident Lois Chazen isn't new to helping animals. She's written three books to raise money for various causes related to animal rescue. 

Lois Chazen will release her CD "Harambe & Friends" at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville on Nov. 19. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary in Broad River.

At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, Chazen will be joined on stage by a cast of musicians from throughout the region and beyond to release an entirely new kind of project. 

Chazen will be joined by musicians such as Elaine Elizabeth Presley (daughter of Elvis Presley), former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle and his son Chris, as well as Aditi Sethi and Jay Brown, among others. All of the artists appear on Chazen's CD "Harambe & Friends: A Heart and Soul Music Project," which will be released at the show. 

Lois Chazen's "Harambe & Friends: A Heart and Soul Musical Project" will be released during a show at Isis Music Hall in Asheville on Sunday, Nov. 19.

The project is part of her "World Peace For Animals" initiative and features 18 songs by 27 artists. Chazen was inspired to do the project by the death of Harambe, a 17-year old western lowland gorilla that was shot to death at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in 2016 after a 3-year-old boy fell into his enclosure. 

The death of the animal sparked outrage on social media and around the world. 

The CD was created to "honor Harambe," and "raise funds, consciousness and compassion through heart-inspired music worldwide," Chazen said.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary in Broad River, according to the Chazen. 

"I'm known as the animal rescuer around Black Mountain," she said. "I've worked with nonprofit organizations like Chainfree Asheville and Unchain Buncombe."