Folk Musicians From Sindh Flood Areas
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 !!!
Everyone joins Todd for "Dil Dil Pakistan"
Coke Studio sensation QB performs at Kuch Khaas
Qayaas at The Int'l Youth Conference & Festival
A great crowd at Kuch Khaas for flood relief show
Todd Shea at the Int'l Youth Conference & Festival
Arieb Azhar of Coke Studio sings for Flood Victims