Musikarama

Humanitarian award for Musikarama!

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Our work over more than 2 years now is been acknowledged by this award ‘Por un mundo mejor’ (‘For a better world’) of the Spanish radio station Cadena 100. Thanks!!

We want to use this opportunity to keep dennouncing the outrageous situation in which thousands are stranded in Greece (of course, thousands of children among them). In fact, the context is becoming even more difficult over the past months. This is due to the different antimigration policies put into place, which are making things even harder for migrants and refugees, as well as for volunteers and grasroots organisations like ours.

In any case, this makes us more convinced of our work, as well as of the power of music and solidarity to bring dignity and hope to those who most need it.

Being a totally independent and volunteer-based project, we wouldn’t be able to exist without all your support! If you want to help us bring music and happiness to people , please make a donation to Musikarama’s account:

-Triodos Bank España: ES81 1491 0001 2230 0008 8900
-Alpha Bank Greece: GR18 0140 3530 3530 0200 2007 247

Or through Paypal: https://paypal.me/musikarama

This will allow us continue our activities (not only in our space in Athens but also in the “refugee camps” around). Guitar lessons, Syrian and Greek dance lessons, women’s choir, music games with children, our multicultural band, etc. We are also very much in need of a piano to start lessons, donations/suggestions welcome . THANKS!!

#DignityThroughMusic #SolidarityWillWin #Musikarama #InternationalSportsAndMusicProject #WeWillNotForgetThem

MusikaramaHumanitarian award for Musikarama!

Bella Ciao @Lesvos

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We have mixed feelings after some intense and emotive days in Lesvos (September 2019), bringing music and our support to the people in Moria, as well as remembering all those who died on the sea. Last sunday, while we were leaving the island, we were receiving the news of the fire and the riots there. These hard news mixed up with all the memories from the past few days..

After having witnessed it first hand, we feel obliged to denounce the horrifying situation in which more than 13.000 people are trapped. For thousands of people, many of them newborn babies and kids, not even the most basic needs are covered there. People risk their lives to escape war and horror, to end up in a prison like Moria. Waiting, waiting, waiting and suffering, awaiting -again- a better future for them and their families.

On the other hand, the past few days have also reinforced our conviction in the power of music, as well as of the solidarity and struggle from many individuals around the world. We gathered with other amazing musicians brought together by our friends from Welcome to Europe, using music to bring some relief and hope to the people in Moria. The improvised music gatherings in the camp, ending up in an spontaneous march, with hundreds joining to sing and feel free for a while, the concerts held in Mitilini… these moments are also highly needed there. We could totally feel it, and we got the feedback from plenty of people in need for moments like these, showing them that there’s a lot of people out there to support them.

Despite our doubts about how appropiate it is right now to add music to this post, we believe this anthem of freedom and resistance represent our determination to keep struggling all together, even in the hardest moments. We played ‘Bella ciao’ some days ago for the people of Moria, and we want to keep doing our best to use music as a tool for freedom, resistance and dignity.

WE WILL NOT FORGET THEM.

MusikaramaBella Ciao @Lesvos

Highlights of 2018

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It’s not easy to sum up a whole year in only 10 photos (plus music from our band!) and some paragraphs , but this will give you a glimpse of what we’ve done throughout 2018. We’re proud to say that, despite challenges and difficulties, Musikarama is more alive than ever!!

To begin with our educational side, up until the summer break we had our weekly music sessions with lovely kids from a wide range of backgrounds. From July on we have organised weekly guitar lessons in one of the camps. In addition, we have also organized some music workshops together with other organisations or amazing volunteers…

As for our band, we have had over twenty performances in different places around Athens, as well as we were invited to play in festivals in Tinos and Leros islands. However, more important than that is the sense of family we have managed to build ourselves, helping one another and of course always trying to serve as a positive reference for the whole community.

We thank again everyone for making our project possible, from friends and other volunteers, partner organisations and collaborators, and of course all the amazing people we’re meeting along the way. We’re open to new ideas and collaborations, and, being a totally volunteer and independemt project, we would also appreciate your support (click on ‘Donate’ or send your spare coins to Musikarama’s account: ES81 1491 0001 2230 0008 8900).

We’ll keep working hard in 2019 to spread our positive energy to more people, and to achieve new beautiful goals (album, concerts/tours, new music activities,etc.), and we wish everyone a year full of freedom, dignity and music!!  

MusikaramaHighlights of 2018

Musikarama’s choir workshop at Khora

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Last week we organised and animated a Choir Workshop at Khora. The workshop lasted for a week, one session a day. It took place within the Workshops’ week which was organised by Khora -and open to everyone- from the 5th to the 9th of february. The purpose was to make the participants connect with themselves and others through their voices and sounds.
Our workshop consisted in breathing and stretching exercises, as well as in singing together “simple” songs (from Greece to Norway!), using different singing techniques. The workshop was a success, and as it reached its end, one of the participants told us that, even if we were to organize it on the moon, he would come again!. Musikarama is therefore proud to announce that it will organize the first moon-based choir workshop ever by 2030!
Below, you can see a video and some pictures of the closing session of the workshop!

MusikaramaMusikarama’s choir workshop at Khora

Musikarama’s rehearsal at Jafra Foundation

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In the last couple of weeks, three of the members of our band left -from one day to the other- to different European countries. We are very happy for them to continue their journey, and truly hope this will bring them closer to happiness 🙂 . Nevertheless the band keeps working to overcome these challenges, and here are some pictures of our last rehearsal, this time at مؤسسة جفرا في اليونان/Jafra foundation in Greece (soon more news on this new collaboration!).

MusikaramaMusikarama’s rehearsal at Jafra Foundation