R.E.M., David Gray, Faithless, Ash and Jet are among the artists who have contributed exclusive material to raise funds for the stricken people of Darfur, Western Sudan.

R.E.M., David Gray, Faithless, Ash and Jet are among the artists who have contributed exclusive material to raise funds for the stricken people of Darfur, Western Sudan. Released today (Sept. 3), the 14-track downloadable set "Songs for Sudan" will help fund British-based charity Oxfam's work for those driven from their homes.

The purchase price is £7.99 ($14.31) and £5 ($8.95) will go to Oxfam's Sudan appeal. The artists and record labels involved in the album are forgoing royalties.

"People like us might not have the power to stop the violence but at least we can try and help the people who are affected by it," comments Damon Gough (aka Badly Drawn Boy), who has contributed a track to the project. "Oxfam is already saving lives, the least we can do is help them to save more," he adds.

In an effort to reduce costs and distribute greater donations, the album is available only at BigNoiseMusic.com, the charity download service launched in May by Oxfam.

The Darfur conflict began in February 2003 after two rebel factions took up arms to protest alleged discrimination by the government in Khartoum. The United Nations estimates 50,000 deaths have resulted, while more than one million people have fled their homes for fear of attack.

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