Sonic Peacemakers is currently in production on a collaboration between some very big names in the music business for a song in tribute to Malala Yousufzai and The Children of Pakistan. The collaboration will feature Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and several other notable artists such as Robbie Wykoff (The Singer for Roger Waters' Band) which will be announced just before the song's release.
The song, inspired by the bravery and elegance of Malala and so many children just like her who just want a chance to be educated and have a better life, will shine a spotlight on the children of Pakistan and other nations where so many children suffer from poverty, war and extremism, in hopes of creating more numerous and effective international avenues of support so these kids will have a better chance to realize their potential and help create a better future for themselves, their families, their nations and all Humanity.We plan to complete production this summer and release the song in early September, as well as produce a video for the song and a behind the scenes film documenting the creative process behind the song, which was written by Sonic Peacemakers co-founder Lanny Cordola.
Sonic Peacemakers has had a very productive start in 2013. Pakistani singing star Sanam Marvi has joined us as an artist ambassador to collaborate on several events, concerts, recordings and activities to promote the beautiful children of Pakistan to the World and help raise funds for their health, education and well being. We are planning fundraising concerts in Pakistan, Dubai and The US, and GEO has agreed to film a pilot with Sanam for a television show featuring our musical and philanthropic collaborations with major Pakistani recording artists. If the pilot is approved for a full television series, each episode of the program will feature Sonic Peacemakers and a Pakistani recording artist writing, recording, interacting and traveling with each other while performing in large cities as well as remote villages. Sonic Peacemakers co-founder Lanny Cordola will be joining singing superstar Atif Aslam onstage at the O2 area in London, as well as dates in other UK cities and Lanny is also planning an event for Sonic Peacemakers in Los Angeles in late April or early May. Interflow Communications and Eckova Productions has begun the editing work on the Sonic Peacemakers documentary film, utilizing footage taken in the last few years of concerts and events, interviews and studio sessions, visits to remote places like Swat and Sindh, and behind the scenes insights into Todd Shea and Lanny Cordola’s magical mystical musical journey through Pakistan. On March 10 Sonic Peacemakers had its biggest concert success to date, producing a show with Saad Sultan (producer of hits by Quratualin Balouch, Jal Band and Farhan Saeed), Fawad Khan (singer and star of Hum TV’s Humsafar Drama), Famed Punjabi Comedian Amanat Chan, Sanam Marvi (who took the Desi Music Industry by storm after her acclaimed work with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and electrifying appearance on Coke Studio) and Sir Abrar Ul Haq, a true superstar in both music and Humanitarian works. The concert hall was packed with over 900 people, including chief guest Mrs. Yasmeen Rehman, a distinguished Member of the National Assembly. Awards for Service to Humanity were given to Dr. Javed Akram, Dr. Mehmood Shaukat and Dr. Amina Rehman and Allama Iqbal Medical College for donating medicines to CDRS and other fine organizations for the benefit of the disaster affected citizens in both emergency and long term healthcare missions.See the concert photos here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.529206777102079.1073741825.300942176595208&type=1The concert was a success because of our collaboration with the artists, who gave their time and talents free of charge, The administration of Allama Iqbal Medical College, who provided their Hall, generator and security free of charge, The students of Allama Iqbal Medical College, who helped sell the tickets, and our media partners City 42 TV and Radio One 91 FM, who provided a huge media blitz of advertising and promotion completely free of charge. The concert went so well that City 42 will be broadcasting the show several times and will be helping put together an even larger show later this year.There are also a few more wonderful new collaborations being planned with Artist Ambassadors Saad Sultan, Fawad Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and many other great artists and entertainers who all wish to support efforts for Peace, bridge building and bringing needed resources to children who desperately need our support. More details will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep your ears and eyes open for all the news from Sonic Peacemakers!
Dear Sonic Peacemakers Supporters,
Sonic Peacemakers heads toward 2013 with great enthusiasm for the projects we have to use music and events to raise funds and awareness for the noble mission of helping suffering children. We will continue with our efforts to bring musical instruments and programs to children and schools in Pakistan. We are currently planning concerts at 42 colleges and universities throughout Pakistan, the first of which takes place on Dec 26 for the students of Roots College International RCI Millennium Campus Islamabad.Interflow Communications has just teamed up with Sonic Peacemakers to produce a Documentary of Sonic Peacemakers founders Todd Shea and Lanny Cordolla and their magical, musical journey through Pakistan with their musical and humanitarian friends, including clips from concerts, field work in disaster zones like Swat, Charsadda and Sindh and interviews and interactions with all the wonderful characters that Todd and Lanny have met along the way.
For almost three decades, Interflow Communications has been one of the pioneers of marketing communication services in Pakistan. Interflow Communications brings the creative, media and advertising management acumen of around 300 professionals to the industry. From mass effectiveness of electronic, print and out-of-home media to the intimacy of new media, Interflow is the perfect partner to bring the Sonic Peacemakers Story to the World.
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
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