Capturing the melodies, poetry and everlasting enthusiasm of Havana's street performers in the studio.
What This Project Is About
In Havana, the greatest performances are not found in concert halls, but the streets, the parks and along the Malecon seawall. My team is going to Havana this summer to write, arrange, and record an album with local street performers, fulfilling a promise I made 10 years ago to record their music, their stories, their dreams – and share them with the world.
Why We Are Creating This Album
In 2002 I was wandering along the streets of Havana in the midst of an uninspiring study abroad program between UC Berkeley and Cuban professors when I befriended and received my first real dose of Cuban life from two street musicians named Orleidys and Cristian. For the remainder of my nights in Cuba I followed them and their friends along the Malecon as they played Beatles songs for a dollar, shared their life stories and introduced me to their perspective on the world. Though many were trained musicians and professors of music, their music was raw passion: filled with stories of lost love, ill children and desire for greatness.
The Malecon, a 3-ft high seawall avenue that runs along the shores of Havana, serves as the inspiration and backdrop for the album and accompanying documentary. Because of the economic situation in Cuba where monthly salaries average around $20, few can afford to go to clubs and restaurants. Instead, thousands of people come together along this 4-mile stretch to socialize, drink Cuba Libres, sell goods & services (tamales, home-made wine, flowers, renditions of the latest Marc Anthony song) and fight to make ends meet.
I want to professionally record and capture the spontaneity, emotions and guitar infused songs of The Malecon and share it with the world. My team will create an accompanying film documenting the characters, the creative process and the inspiration behind the album.
Who We Are
Ra 'Segun' Amen
- Performed at The White House for Pres. Bill Clinton.
- Performed as the opening act for The Roots, Goapale, Janelle Monae, Day 26 and Alvin Draper.
- Produced most recent album 'Let Me Go' with current group 6:50 Rock (Rock, Reggae, Blues, Latin, Soul & Flamenco Fusion).
- Former Peace Corps Morocco volunteer and Stanford alum.
- Produced and directed controversial award winning film 'Operation Small Axe,' which documents the murder of Oscar Grant. (Official Selection - Pan African Film Festival, Rise Up Award - Patois International Film Festival and Official Selection - RDAC Bronx Film Festival)
- Shared the stage with artists such as Dead Prez, Zion I, Saul Williams, The Abyssinians, Slim Kid Tre of Pharcyde, Gyptian, Pressure, Norris Man and Thandiswa Mazwai.
- Signed a music publishing deal with Sony South Africa in 2003.
- Adimu is also a former Peace Corps Lesotho Volunteer.
- Hiring a producer for ten songs: $2,000
- Recording studio time: $1,000
- Musicians for hire: $1,000
- Per diem for 5 featured cuban artist: $10/day x 45 days x 5 artists = $2,250
- Film production expenses (equipment, film crew, video editor): $3,750
- Total Funding Needed: $10,000*
*Any additional funding will go towards improving the production quality of the documentary.
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This is a Youth Outreach program sponsored by OurChurch and authorized by § 515.566 Religious activities [Cuba travel, general license].
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May 6, 2012 - May 31, 2012 (25 days)
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Shout out on our page and an autographed photo of the band and production crew.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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A secret link to download the album with bonus songs and content only for kickstarter contributors.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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A secret link to download the album AND the accompanying documentary with bonus songs and content only for kickstarter contributors.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Signed Physical copy of the album AND accompanying documentary on DVD with cover art and liner notes. You'll also get the digital versions as well.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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A printed thank you on the publicly distributed album sleeve and your name will also appear in the documentary film credits. PLUS physical copy of the album and documentary on DVD. You'll also get the digital versions as well.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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A 2-hour guitar lesson via Skype with the producer, Segun Amen. Will teach you any of the songs from the Almost Lost soundtrack that you wish to learn. PLUS a physical copy of the album and documentary on DVD. You'll get the digital versions as well.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Executive producer credit printed on album sleeve and in the documentary film credits. PLUS physical copy of the album and documentary on DVD. You'll also get the digital versions as well.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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You'll be invited to a private listening party of your choice in Havana or Palo Alto where you can help decide which tracks will be featured. Food and drinks will be provided. Donor is responsible for all travel expenses. PLUS executive producer credit and a physical copy of the album and documentary on DVD. You'll also get the digital versions as well.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Private concert performance by my US band 6:50 Rock. Donor is responsible for all travel expenses. PLUS executive producer credit and a physical copy of the album and documentary on DVD. You'll also get the digital versions as well.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013