Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Rebel Up! Soundclash, 29th of november @ OCCII, A'dam; India Special!

Hi all,

Finally an update on the blog here. Finally we've gotten off our asses and started working on our audio and video recordings. Time to present it and what better than as an India Special night linked to the India festival in Amsterdam? Sure!

Our Rebel Up night will be have a real special thing; a *live Rajasthani music cinema*, in which filmed footage and music from our Rajasthani experiences will be performed together on screen and through the loudspeakers! A story without words, but with music as a narrative and your own experience to grasp.

More special performances should be expected too, keep a close eye on our website!
All night long, we'll play you loads of famous and unheard cinematic pop, tribal folk and folkpop tunes from allover India's vast continent to make everyone jump and jive on the dancefloor!

Back to our charity motivation as always....
The charity of the night is Telluris India, a Belgian help organisation which gives aid to the Munda tribes in the forest state of Jharkhand in Northern India. These tribes are part of the Adivasi caste and are the native inhabitants of this region. Their culture and way of life dates back to before the creation of Hinduism, 5000 years ago. Nature means all to these tribes; they have a natural religion and worship the nature around them.

Surrounded by dominant cultures of the Hindustan caste system and the ever modernising world, they are on the verge to lose their land and culture forever. By the hands of corrupted authorities that favour industrialisation, mining and lumberjacking, the forests have already robbed of 70% of their original size. As a result, their land is plagued by erosion, droughts and the decline of flora, wildlife and trees!

The forest offers ecological diversity, life, medicinal quailities and protection from erosion and because the Munda are small time farmers and therefore need the forest in order to survive. Telluris helps the tribes with planting of new crops and medicinal plants, the digging of water wells, spreading knowledge about organic farming and other projects linked to their direct environment. The tribes can decide for themselves in which facilities they would like to receive aid in by Telluris, instead of such choices being made for them like most NGO's do. The villagers gather to discuss, unite and motivatie each other for achieving their prime goals and Telluris helps them fullfilling these wishes. Nearly all the local employees at Telluris who work with the Munda, are Munda themselves en educated by Telluris. At Telluris, the most important thing is to actively let people take part in the process where at every interaction, knowledge is exchanged!

More info:

Saturday 29th of november @ OCCII, Amsterdam
Amstelveenseweg 134 (tram #1 (stop Overtoomsesluis) or #2)
doors open 22:30 till late,
4 Euro fee. -> Profit goes to charity!

Rebel Up! Soundclash (#18)
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