A River Blue

A River Blue invites visual and performing artists to participate in the Alebtong community as well as with awareness, fundraising and outreach activities in the United States. These artists will build on the experience of ARB artist Joseph Arthur.










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Grammy-Nominated singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur is known by his fans for his swirling melodies and gritty, heart-felt lyrics. Discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-'90s and signed to his 'Real World' label, today Arthur has over 13 albums to his credit and now tours with his band The Lonely Astronauts. Read about Joseph's most recent projects on Billboard.com & NPR's World Cafe and on his personal website www.JosephArthur.com.

'A River Blue' is a song I recorded with over one hundred orphans of the LRA nightmare in Northern Uganda. I wrote the song before I went to Uganda... I felt a little embarrassed about singing this with them as I could never understand the depth of their plight. During my visit there I was more interested in their own songs and paintings and... their incredible beauty. However upon coming home and mixing this whole event together the song (A river blue) and our collaboration has gained power for me and strikes me now as a landmark blow against poverty and ambivalence.... - Joseph Arthur


From his on-line journal, Joseph shares intimate observations and musings with his friends and fans. Read about his transformative voyage to Uganda, from uncertain beginnings to the heartbreak of leaving. > Read Journal