Sonic Peacemakers delivered guitars, keyboards, flutes and drums to very happy school children of Green Grammar School in a poor neighborhood of Karachi called Korangi Town. The funds used to purchase the instruments were generated by the new 4 cd set "The Sounds of Pakistan and Beyond," which includes 57 artists of Pakistan who each donated a song for the benefit of Pakistan's children. The New Channel G1 TV was created to highlight all the positive people and attributes of Pakistan and they covered this event, as well as introducing Sonic Peacemakers to the wonderful children of Green Grammar School. This was just the first of what we hope to be many many more musical instrument giveaways for poor schoolchildren in Pakistan. Please see the link to the gallery of photos from this wonderful program below. With your help, we were able to put some big smiles on the faces of adorable and deserving kids.
On September 1st, we launch "Sonic Peacemakers Radio" on Pakistan Radio 1 91 FM (and Worldwide on the Internet). The show will feature Todd Shea and Lanny Cordola interviewing Western and Pakistani Stars, playing inspiring music, sharing message of peace and promoting the Heroes of Pakistan who are doing great things all over The World.
Sonic Peacemakers is working on putting together events all over Pakistan to promote and celebrate the release of "The Sounds of Pakistan and Beyond" and is working on producing two exicting new documentary film projects. Stay Tuned- details will be annouced soon!
Stay tuned for much more from Sonic Peacemakers :)
Peace, Love and Light to All
THE SONIC PEACEMAKERS PRESENTS “THE SOUNDS OF PAKISTAN AND BEYOND”The long awaited debut release from Sonic Peacemakers is a Magical Musical Journey through the Indus Valley entitled "The Sounds of Pakistan and Beyond." This Special Collector's 4 CD Set will raise funds for humanitarian and music projects to benefit children in Pakistan and to shine an international spotlight on all the beautiful and diverse music of Pakistan. Here's some of the key information about this unique collection...
FIRST OF ITS KIND - 61 SONG DONATIONS FROM PAKISTANI ARTISTS TO BENEFIT PAKISTANSonic Peacemakers is proud to present this amazing collection of music from Pakistan. Featuring traditional songs, pop classics, sufi rock, instrumental guitar, banjo, sitar and tabla tracks and newly released cuts from new and acclaimed artist of Pakistan. “The Sounds of Pakistan and Beyond” has something for everyone, taking the listener on a journey through the wondrous, mystical landscape of Pakistan. Every artist on this CD Set is a Sonic Peacemakers Ambassador who has given their music, time and energy to this collection in order to raise awareness and funds for music programs, cross cultural collaborations between Pakistani and western artists, humanitarian projects for children and to promote the bright side of Pakistan to The World.Some of The Highlights from "The Sounds of Pakistan and Beyond"1) Two brand new, never before heard versions of songs made famous by Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn: "Halka Halka Suroor" by Farhan Saeed (Jal Band) and "Sansoo Ki Mala" by Tashika Shah (one of Pakistan's upcoming female Sufi singers)2) Never before heard and exciting Songs by QB (Quratulain Balouch): Sayyian (The very first song she ever recorded, funded by Todd Shea in 2010, long before anyone knew of her and her great talents) and another of her first recordings, "Akhian Nu Rain De"3) "Qalandar," a brand new, never before heard song by Coke Studio star Arieb Azhar.4) Strings huge current hit song "Mein Tou Daikho Ga"
5) Big hits from Pakistan's top music stars Sanam Marvi, Ali Zafar, Zoe Viccaji, Haroon, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shehzad Roy, Komal Rizvi, Mekaal Hasan Band, The Sketches, Yasir & Jawad, Uzair Jaswal, Babar Xia, Abbas Ali Khan, Alamdar, Public Jones, Sajid and Zeeshan, Shaheryar Mirza, Junaid Khan (of The Call), Laal, Jehangir Aziz, Raah Band, Sami Khan, Saturn, Noori, Overload, Assad Husnain & Abrar Ul Haq 6) A New Song called "Cheetah Sepahi" by Aizee in tribute to the Pakistan Army. Aizee is a Captain in the Pakistan Army and a decorated war hero 7) "Inquillab" by hard rock outfit Qayaas, just voted "World's Best Rock Band" at the Global Indie Music Awards 8) Brand New, never before heard songs by upcoming female artists Natasha Humera Ejaz, Asma Qadeer, Schumaila Hussain, Club Caramel and Zill-e-Huma 9) A Pashtun song for Peace by folk singer Khalid Khan 10) "Land of the Rising Sun" by Overdrive, a moving Pakistani tribute to Japan dedicated to the victims of the tsunami and in remembrance of all the great contribution from Japan after the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan 11) "Mu Ni Mani," and amazing song provided by IPAC (The Institute for the Preservation of Art and Culture) 12) Debut track "Teray Warga" from Sonic Peacemakers Youngest Ambassador Sohaib Ali Khan, an 18 year old singing sensation with both hip hop influence and classical music training from the great Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and Shafqat Amanat Ali13) The CD "Guitaristan," opening with a Balouchi Banjo and Tabla tune by Iqbal Balouch and Amb Jogi, ending with a beautiful sitar piece by Waqar Hussain, awesome bookends for many of Pakistan's greatest guitarists, including award winning Jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi, acoustic guitar virtuoso Usman Riaz, world renown lead guitarist Aziz Ibrahim (Simply Red, The Stone Roses, Asia) and six string maestros Lanny Cordola (The Beach Boys, House Of Lords, Nancy Sinatra), Shallum Xavier (Fuzon), Sarmad Ghafoor (Qayaas, Atif Aslam), Khurram Waqar (Qayaas), Jamal Rahman, Abbas Premjee, Mekaal Hasan, Zeejah and Project Berklee14) "We Will Rise Again" by Todd Shea, Atif Aslam and Lanny Cordola (A tribute to Pakistan's earthquake flood victims, the video for the song was the first pubic performance of music in Sway in more than 5 years)15) "Little Feet" by Todd Shea and the Children of Chikar, a small village in Kashmir where Todd performed humanitarian work after the 2005 earthquake
Thanks to your support, it's been an eventful few months for Sonic Peacemakers...We made a bit of music history in September when South Asia's musical phenomenon Atif Aslam from Pakistan performed with Lanny Cordola and four ex-members of the legendary Guns N' Roses in New York City (See link to the video in this report). Atif dedicated his performance to the victims of 9/11, singing the Pink Floyd Classic "Wish You Were Here" for an audience of 3,000 people at the Road Recovery Benefit at Best Buy Theater in Times Square. While in New York, Atif also worked with Lanny and Todd in the studio to record vocal tracks for the highly anticipated album "The Dreamer Awakes." Back in LA, Lanny Cordola continued recording tracks for "The Dreamer Awakes" at the studio of former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke and, along with Sonic Peacemakers supporters Donovan Leitch (son of 60s pop sensation Donovan) and Michelle Coltrane (daughter of jazz icon John Coltrane), met with Bono of U2 after the Bill Clinton gala at the Hollywood Bowl. We're hoping to have Bono onboard with Sonic Peacemakers in 2012.
Todd Shea visited Mirpurkhas and The Thar Desert in Pakistan's Sindh Province to meet his mobile medical team which has been working in the flood emergency. In a collaboration with IPAC (Institute for the Preservation of Art & Culture), Todd brought Sonic Peacemakers funds to traditional folk musicians and their families who have been displaced by the floods. Todd also performed for children in the villages where his team set up medical camps (Photos included with this report).
Sonic Peacemakers collaborated with Juvenile Dignitaries, IPAC, Kuch Khaas and The International Youth Festival & Conference to produce two successful flood relief concerts in Islamabad featuring South Asia's hottest rock band Qayaas and Coke Studio stars Arieb Azhar and QB. The concerts raised $2,500 for Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) for its joint mission with SHINE Humanity to help Sindh flood victims in their time of need (Photos included with this report). In January, Sonic Peacemakers hopes to complete the recording for "Hands Together," a Humanitarian anthem written by Lanny Cordola to inspire us all to remember and support suffering children wherever they are (think an uptempo "We Are The World" type of collaboration featuring Atif Aslam and Slash from Guns N' Roses and dozens of singers and musicians from Pakistan and America). The music tracks have been recorded, but we need to raise another $30,000 in order to complete the song and video. Please support the making of this song, as it has all the potential to be the breakout hit that launches Sonic Peacemakers into a Worldwide sensation that can raise millions for Sonic Peacemakers future collaborations and Humanitarian projects all over the planet. Thanks for everything YOU have done to help us get this far! We're almost there!! And be on the lookout out for bigger Sonic Peacemakers concerts and events in the Spring of 2012 !!!