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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

Partners

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Our vision is to replicate our project in other countries. In order to reach this, we are also working with other similar organizations and individuals towards the creation of an international coalition of musical projects for the migrant and refugee community. So far, our main partners are:

Jafra Foundation: Jafra Foundation works to ease human suffering for all living in crisis, strives to uplift and empower the Palestinian community in Syria, vis-à-vis a youth driven and community development approach. In Greece, in early 2016, Jafra volunteers found themselves blocked in Idomeni camp on the Macedonian/Greek border. Having experience in working with youths, through capacity development, and children, through education and psychosocial support, the six volunteers initiated a “Refugee to Refugee” support network.

Redomi: Spanish based network of musical organizations, with projects in Spain, Latin America and Africa.  Redomi uses music as the tool for social change

Share A Coffee For is a solidarity initiative aimed at raising funds for social projects with one simple gesture: donating your virtual solidarity coffee.

International Sports and Music Project: The International Sports and Music Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to increase access to sports and music programming in shelters, refugee camps, orphanages, and vulnerable communities around the world as a means of bolstering positive mental health.

ECHO Library: Since May, 2017, the mobile library has relocated to Athens, visiting sites throughout the city, and the camps where services are few. Our aim in setting up these libraries is to nurture a space of learning and creativity, a place to cultivate the mind - that one part of us that can never be held captive. It is a place where goals and ambition can be worked towards, regardless of the grim reality of the present.

Lyrics of Sada is an international sonic journey of storytelling and cultural exchange through original music led by refugee musicians and supported by artists from around the globe.

The Syrian Greek Youth Forum is a group of Syrian and Greek youth who are a mix of Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Second Generation Syrians and Greek Nationals. We came together in 2018 after realising the importance and value of acting as a community, particularly building projects by the community for the community.

Musikarama is a completely independent organization which only exists thanks to the solidarity of many people who do care and do want a better future for refugees and migrants. We are open to new partners and collaborations, so please do let us know if you want to join us!

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Musikarama’s Trip: 1st part

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We started off our trip in Madrid, where a big group of good friends joined together to say goodbye and wish us well for the trip. Just before our departure, an improvised -and fun- concert let us know that the music would be present along our way. We cannot think of a better way to start the trip…

Some hours later we arrived in Barcelone and, totally without expecting it, the music showed up again. Two guitars, a cajon and our voices made us join together for hours with a group of international friends (Palestine, Switzerland, Ireland, Mexico, Greece) to spend quite a special night together. Apart from the love and support they showed us when we shared our project with them, a few people also wished they could join us on our way to Greece.

When we were about to hit the road again, a mechanical problem with the van forced us to stop. It made us learn some mechanics while also discovering quite a few garages in Barcelona. Luckily enough, and after hours of search, we found a garage which repaired the van, allowing us to carry on with our trip. It is even in situations like this one when we have felt the support of people who, despite being total strangers, were touched when we share with them the purpose of our trip.

Finally, having overcome the first difficulties and full of beautiful memories, moments and people that we will never forget, we crossed the Pyrenees to get to France. There we enjoyed some family reunions where the music appeared again. This time through the keys of an old French piano and a beautiful Spanish guitar.

We continue our journey from Montpellier to Nice, where we find out that any place is good for music. This time, in a driving school where, again, we fond again a piano and our already well-known guitar improvising together nice blues melodies. This driving school teacher – and amateur pianist – not only left us amazed with his piano skills but also donated us a djembe which joined the rest of Musikarama’s nomadic orchestra.

On the next day we left Nice to hit the road again for the longest stage of our journey, driving across Italy to reach Ljubljana, Slovenia, in a single day, completing half of our journey. Already in the Balkan lands, after a long and exhausting journey and despite the fatigue and some setbacks, the encouragement and support of everybody gave us strength to continue and carry out our mission. Bringing joy and music to the people who need it…

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Musikarama hits the road!

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This is the video of the moments before our departure from Madrid, until the very last minute we were surrounded by lots of good friends and music. These fun and beautiful last minutes made us leave Madrid with the biggest smiles in our faces, happy and excited to start off our trip to Athens…

Compartimos el vídeo de nuestra despedida en Madrid. Muchas gracias por esta bonita sorpresa Marina Betete! Mañana salimos desde Tirana, Albania, para llegar a Grecia! 🙂 Check out this nice video of our departure. Many thanks to Marina Betete for this beautiful surprise! Tomorrow we will head off from Tirana, Albania, to Greece! 🙂

Publicado por Musikarama en Domingo, 5 de noviembre de 2017
MusikaramaMusikarama hits the road!