Imagine X-Factor or Pop Idol,but where all the contestants are children who have grown up foraging and slogging in some of the poorest areas in the world. However, at Manav Sadhna (NGO at an ashrams adhering to the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Ahmedabad Gujarat) instead of picking rags, they’re picking out RAGAs and instead of scouring for their next meal on the streets; they scour their imaginations for the perfect lyrics.
Our main goal in the end, was just to demonstrate what these kids can do if they have an opportunity.
Vijay Chattha (Project Ahimsa co-founder and album executive producer)
You may think this is a Slumdog remake, but this is for real and its strength has been captured on Global Lingo (Project Ahimsa), bringing together the talents of these youngsters nurtured by Project Ahimsa. Global Lingo is a pioneering benefit project like no other. The album unites disadvantaged children to join forces with artists and activists to create an album that speaks the universal language of music.
Music can heal and connect communities. We all just need to understand one another. Global Lingo proves it can happen through music.
Robin Sukhadia (International Grants Program Director)
Renowned musicians, producers, DJs such as Michael Franti and Spearhead (San Francisco), Karsh Kale (NYC/UK), J-Boogie (San Francisco), Funkadesi (Chicago), Tablapusher (San Francisco), DK (NYC), Sunny Jain (San Francisco), Janaka Selecta (LA), Mandeep Sethi, Bobby Friction (UK) and many more have donated or come together to record and remix original tracks for the Global Lingo CD project.
To turn diverse sounds into a single sonic experience, Chattha turned to Project Ahimsa’s friends, DJs and electronic music gurus like DK Bollygirl and dimmSummer, to bring the tracks together into one DJ set that flows from funky Afrobeat (Rocky Dawuni’s “Africa for Learn”) to Punjabi reggae (Funkadesi’s “Dolare”).
This is a musical celebration of diversity, delivering funky rhythms of reggae, bhangra, hip hop and electronica in a truly global compilation album.
This is a product of how Music can make a difference.
Recently a few of my friends came together to form a unique retail space called Sahai. Based in Central London, Sahai seeks to connect communities and support livelihoods through beautifully hand-crafted products from across the world.
Sahai stocks handmade paper products from a Manav Sadhna. Through the Manav Sadhna Earn & Learn programme, children gain an outlet for their creativity, a warm meal and access to a basic education. Without this whtye would otherwise be forced due to their personal circumstances into street labour – polishing shoes, picking rags, selling water pouches etc.
This beautiful project seeks to communicate the lives of these children and build a relationship far beyond the products. The voice of the children rings loud at the Sahai shop each time we hear their voices on the ‘Let them sing’ CD produced with the help of the Ahmisa Project.
My good friends from High Chai Recordings have been featured on the FAIRTILIZER blog! Check out the interview with the man himself dimmSummer.
Heres a quick snippet:
Click here to read the rest of the interview and listen to a Super Sonic Exclusive mix by dimmSummer …
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As it’s my 100th post I thought what better way to celebrate than with a competition!
So who are GOONDA?
NYC-based production / remixer duo, who have forged a partnership based on a mutual love for music, (DK aka) Bollygirl and Cenzo are GOONDA – created with one goal in mind: good music… no borders… no boundaries.
DK aka Bollygirl
Mumbai born and New York-based producer/DJ/voxist/visualist who redefines and refines the East Coast Bollygirl aesthetic. Stealthily residing on dex @ AVAAZ (the monthly event), heading up High Chai Records and producing tracks at the lab with the GOONDA. DK also a classical Hindi film fanatic has Filmi influences resonating in her music in subtle ways. She continues to crash cultural and musical barriers, defying genres and challenge the listener via her continued efforts of spreading conscious clubbing.
Vincent Schimel, AKA ‘Cenzo, produces urban hard-edged grooves (breaks, drum n bass , chill, dub, rock and hip-hop). Classically-trained as a pianist and singer, he began performing in grade school, but got noticed on MTV after his college funk-rock band Streetwave swept the first prize on the original MTV Basement Tapes contest (with Frank Zappa hosting).
GOONDA Third World Radio is a two disc album that houses an underlying sonic foundation laid by DK and Cenzo. Listen to how they fabricate and fashion a whole host of indigenous sounds with MCs Napoleon Solo (Guasto/Jazz Passengers), Daddy Frank (Surya Dub), Todd Michaelsen (My Pet Dragon/Karsh Kale) and DK (Ming+FS) making a feature on disc one.
Disc two however is a different story altogether. It’s serves as a space for opening their compositions up to friends who offering us stellar global remixes with twists and turns by Chicago’s RadioHiro, UK’s Shiva Soundsystem (BBC), Delhis Jayant, Dhruva G + Sharmaji (Sub Swara), NYC’s own b-boy Ming and more.
So what do you need to do to get your hands on a copy?
Well its mighty simple, answer the two following questions.
1) Who is the iconic boombox-wielding GOONDA on the CD cover?
2) What was the first release on this label back in 2000 when they were simply High Chai Records?
Once you have the answers:
Email me: email@example.com, stating GOONDA COMP as the subject followed by your answers in the main body.
Deadline for the comp is end of June 2010 – so get crackin 🙂
What better way than to start the new decade with this.
Founder of Ethnotechno.com – DJ dimmSummer releasing his second compilation album “dimmSummer presents: Nu asian soundZ“. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, bringing you fresh tracks from around the globe from rising and renowned artists like David Starfire, Jalebee Cartel, Liquid Stranger, GOONDA, Nuphlo, Radiohiro, KRTS, Omnesia, BREED, Deaf Bass Twins, and more … guaranteed to give your ears a tickle.
Release date: 01/01/2010
Purchase Nu asian soundZ at Beatport
Check out the Nu asian soundZ minisite