It really does take a village to raise a child. Between the fundraiser, friends, family, social media and plenty of word-of-mouth, we managed to gather all of the monetary and equipment needs to cover our budget and make Amaloboozi a reality! There is absolutely no way that this could have come together without all of the support from near and far. I have so many people to thank for helping with all of the many aspects of this project! “Weebale”- thank you, thank you, all!
WHATAmaloboozi means "voices" in the Luganda language. One of my personal missions is to record the voices and instruments of people I meet in the many parts of the world that I visit. Those recordings will be used to create CDs that will be sold to directly benefit organizations doing humanitarian work in those regions. This is my little way of using what I know best–music–to give back to the people I learn so much from in my travels and percussion studies. Phase One of that mission was my 2-week trip to Uganda (Oct.25-Nov.8, 2011), where I recorded more than an album's worth of music performed by youth choirs in two villages, as well as a variety of musicians in the country's capital, Kampala. Through fundraising, all trip expenses and product duplication costs were covered in advance so that 100% of the sales from the resulting CD directly benefit Ugandan children via Show Mercy International, based out of Albany, Oregon.
After landing in Uganda and meeting friend/videographer, Colin Crowley (currently living in Nairobi, Kenya), my first stop was Gganda Village, to record a number of youth choirs comprised of primary students that Show Mercy supports with their many housing, water, food, education and medical programs. SMI, founded by Mike and Lori Salley, is an incredible organization that I've had the pleasure of getting to know over the last year. They are doing some amazing work; I am excited to have this project benefit the children in their programs and equally excited to bring the sounds of those children's voices back to share! The entire trip was full of generous people providing opportunities to record all sorts of incredible music. Crane Performers, Street Voice, students at Kampala International School, students at Wobulenzi Town Academy, Janzi Band . . . some choirs, some traditional songs, even some modern pop originals!Upon my return, it was down to business listening/editing/mixing with Jason Carter at Wavelength. Amaloboozi was officially released on December 15th, 2011. The CDs are now available– click here to get your hands on a copy and support the children of Gganda Village! Many thanks to everyone for all of the donations, support, time, assistance, generosity, thoughts, prayers and beautiful music. - Mark Powers
WHOThe Amaloboozi CD project (to benefit Show Mercy International) was recorded and produced by world percussion artist/educator, Mark Powers. Mark teaches private lessons and group classes, and is often an Artist-in-Residence in schools around the US. Having performed and studied percussion throughout the country–as well as in Canada, Cuba, Puerto Rico, China, Thailand and Ghana, West Africa–Mark's work draws from a wide variety of musical cultures and genres. For more, visit PowersPercussion.com
This the first of several videos shot by my good friend, Colin Crowley, while we were in Gganda Village.
Hope Children's Home Choir performing "This Song is For You" Cameras by Colin Crowley and Camdin Bennett. Sound by Mark Powers.
It really does take a village to raise a child.
Between the fundraiser, friends, family, social media and plenty of word-of-mouth, we have managed to gather all of the monetary and equipment needs to cover our budget and make Amaloboozi a reality! There is absolutely no way that this could come together without all of the support I've gotten from near and far. I already have so many people to thank for helping with all of the many aspects of this project and it's hardly even begun! This list is by no means complete yet, and will certainly be being updated several times in the future. Here's hoping I don't forget anyone . . . and "weebale"- thank you, thank you, all!
|• Show Mercy: Mike & Lori Salley, Brittany Wheeler • Clockworks Cafe: Ryan Rogers, Mark Parrish • Fox Blueprinting • Suzy Herbert • Rick Maurmann • Tyler Maurmann • Kat Bell • Deb Vaughn • The Space: Doug Hoffman • Leslie Grasa • Wavelength Multimedia: Jason Carter • Riverfront Wellness Center: Steve Koc • Jillyn Chang • Rod Steward • Don Wilkes, III • Colin Crowley • Garry Meziere • Orvil Ivie • Bill Hughes • John Cuddy • Rees Adamson • Wes Tjernlund • Michèle, Phil & Toby Ball • Dr. Benon Kigozi • the students of Kampala International School • Ssenoga Paul • Charles, Medias & the students of Wobulenzi Town Academy • Five Fish Press: Jeff Koerner • ExOfficio||• Whitney Moulton • Randy Kem • Andy Kronser • Richard Such • Ed Weamer • Ken Smith • Jan Irving • Mike Fahy • Jack Hopfinger • Jon Chinburg • Teresa Hickey • Carly Zuckweiler • Jade Earth Acupuncture: Echo Hobbs • ALE Studios & Boutique: Lindsay Ewing • Ram Restaurant & Brewery: Dean Tessler • Hod Rod Hair: Bry Taylor • Einstein the Producer: Josh Rudishauser • Steven Schob • Rose Barker • IgniteAdventure.com: Mark Lawrence • Ian Borkowski • Bekka Scott • Mark Sutton • Randy & Alisa Varga • Stella, Lazarus & the students of Alpha and Omega Primary School • all of the awesome SMI interns/helpers: Camdin, Davy, Billy Roy, Will, Natalie, Lorrine, Lynn, Libbie, Kathleen & Gabe • Mask, Brenda and the members of Street Voice • Janzi Band • Simona Schiava|