Hi there, everyone!
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving (I know I’m ever thankful to you for your support of Hope Sings) and are swinging festively into the holiday season.
Speaking of good cheer - here's our next new song that you helped create!
"Flores y Vestidos" is inspired by two ACCION borrowers – Fortunata and Dalila - whose stories spoke to singer-songwriter Sol Okarina, the up-and-coming indie artist from Venezuela, now based in Bogota, Colombia.
Fortunata (in La Paz, Bolivia) used her loan to start a flower business. Thanks to loans from ACCION partner BancoSol, her business and children are flourishing (pun intended) http://www.accion.org/page.aspx?pid=582
Dalila Garavito used her funds for a dressmaking business. See her photo with her two young daughters and read her story here. http://www.accion.org/page.aspx?pid=583
Sol recorded the song for us when she was here in New York to perform at the huge CMJ Music Conference. Engineering, mixing and all that production stuff was by the fabulous Christian Castagno (Miguel Bose, Julieta Venegas, Michael Stipe, Vernon Reid etc). Listen to more of Sol's music here http://www.myspace.com/solokarina
And now for the news:
1) The UN Women Song.
You may remember we created the theme song for UN Women, the new UN agency, earlier this year.
Now, we’re producing the song in a big way – think "We Are The World" for women. We’re shooting for a veritable United Nations of international talents. If you're best friends with Shakira or Bono, please to let us know.
If you haven't caught the video of the songs, it's on our homepage at www.hopesings.net.
2) Hope Sings Vision
As you may have heard, it's hard to make money selling music these days.
But we have an idea. A very cool idea (if we do say so ourselves). We have a vision of how to create new songs that is a win/win/win/win for all our partners – Customers, Causes, Creatives, Companies.
The "Hope Sings Experience" lets fans help create what may be the next anthem for a cause (usually a women-centric one, and not just microfinance) by voting for the inspirational story they want turned into song, and for the artist they want to hear write/record that song. And the right company will sponsor – a company that supports the cause and realizes that doing good can translate into good business.
So if you like the idea – and own a business or know of one that would be a great fit – don’t be shy!!
That’s it for me – MELE KALIKIMAKA!