We are Girum Mezmur from Ethiopia and Alhousseini Anivolla from Niger. We are professional musicians with over 20 years experience in the music business. This summer we will release our album "Afropentatonism" a positive experience of music, creation and life in difficult times. We want to share this positive feeling with you! To release the album we will take the music to you: In your garden or living room. We want to experience "Afropentatonism" together with you!!!
This project is a music tour on a smale scale. We come and perform in your garden or living room. We are two, three or even more musicians. You invite the audience. You are part of it. You can contribute, create and support. We will perform up to 10 chamber concerts in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The audience are our hosts and their friends and families (between 10-50 PAX). There is no fee just a hat. Every concert will have another flavor. By filming and streaming we will take this experience into the world and tell our story. Weekly you will find portrays of a chamber promoter with different formats: photos, clips etc. the people being part of the project decide and produce themselves. The project becomes a platform for this new creative movement, people will get connected and have some added value apart the music. Virtually you will get to know new people, new places, new music and aspects of life. Physically you will enjoy the concerts in your garden.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
After social distancing this tour is a getting together again in a very smooth and gentle way and a very authentic approach. We are working on and with our experience of socal distancing and creating a new format out of this crisis, giving a voice to all cultural stakeholders: our host, our audience, our crowd.This project is a healing process after weeks and months of lock down. It is for all of us.
Why would you support this project?
Creativity and music heals the soul. This project will bring the music back in our living spaces. You can support this important process.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
We need your support to pay airfares for Girum and more musicians. We need to pay ground transport in Germany, allowances for the musicians and accommodation where host can not offer lodging.
Who are the people behind the project?
Alhousseini Anivolla is representing since 2004 the rich cultural heritage of the nomadic tribes from Niger around the world. As a bandleader of the world-famous nomad blues band Etran Finatawa, he became a cultural ambassador of his country performing on all major world music stages around the globe. Girum Mezmur is a guitarist who has grown to become one of the leading musicians in the current Ethiopian music scene. Girum has also contributed significantly to the development of young African talents by conducting educational workshops in Ethiopia, Burundi, Djibouti, and Ghana. As a guitarist, Girum has performed with the Who’s Who of Ethiopian music including Aster Awoke, Tewodros Tadesse, Ali Birra, Teddy Afro, and Mahmoud Ahmed. Alhousseini and Girum first met at the Afrika Festival in Hertme/Holland in 2005 and stayed in touch since. Since 2018 they continuously create the Pan African Pentatonic Project. They perform together and recorded their 1st album "Afropentatonism" to be released on July 3rd 2020. . Sandra van Edig has been successfully managing different African musicians since 2004. Among others are Etran Finatawa, Steven Sogo (Burundi), Mamane Barka(Niger), Adama Yalomba (Mali) and Addis Acoustic Project (Ethiopia). She is a journalist and project manager of international media projects, She has an extensive network of African artists, promoters and journalists.