A new direction in soul music. A gift from a garden. A pulse-beat of citrus-heart-song.
SUMMARY: This is a call for all art-lovers to help fund the recording and creation of a new album of intoxicating, uplifting, otherwordly music from the British Afghan musician (MC/Producer-Singer/Songwriter) Yusuf 'Yoshi' Misdaq. Aside from all the great rewards, your money will:
- Fully fund 40 hours of recording time in a professional
studio (Cue Recording) in Falls Church, Virginia; with the addition of some travel expenses for a few performing musicians (coming in from Baltimore, New York)
- Fully fund the pressing of the CD's; design, printing and assembly of LP-booklet and packaging
- Fully fund the Digital Mastering process needed for an iTunes/Amazon release.
- Any additional funding over the initial goal will be used to fund the planned "Free Like Air US Tour," which takes place in the Autumn of 2012. This planned tour is a series of ---free--- music concerts, poetry readings and writing workshops for students, babies, the elderly and everyone in between across the continent of North America, starting from the East Coast and ending on the West Coast.
- Yoshi has taught Creative Writing & Creativity Workshops at New York University, George Washington University, and the University of Brighton in the UK.
- This is his 4th Studio LP
This is the time! What is the time? The time for more heart than you ever thought could fit on a CD. The time for more soul. The air of our world is crying out for a music that is new. A way of speaking that breaks through the old ways. Something to match our rising hopes.
Revolutions roll, and the weather of the world right now seems to be whispering the possibility that Creativity and Music will save us. But the weather on the TV-News tells us otherwise. The professional meteorologists predict overcast skies, scorching suns, more death and no likely peace-deals on the horizon. The comfortable newsmen are desperate to proclaim this bad news in loud voices with their made up faces, they are eager to shout it down, far and wide, so that they can look more credible through pessimism and keep you totally tuned in to their small soap opera with the sad ending. Don't listen.
This album is twinkling estrella-stars-setarra's-. Bright luna-moons glittering white dust that dances on the bellies of black seas.
"I think it's going to have to be very subtle; you can't ram philosophies down anybody's throat, and the music is enough! That's philosophy. I think the best thing I can do at this time is to try to... know myself. If I can do that, then I'll just play, you see, and leave it at that. I believe that will do it, if I really can get to myself and be just as I feel I should be, and play it.... I think they'll get it, because music goes a long way - it can influence.
.... I feel that I want to be a force, for good... You know, I want to be a force for real good. ...in other words, I know that there are bad forces, y'know? I know that there are forces out here that bring suffering to others, and misery - to the world. ...But I want to be the opposite force, I want to be the force which is truly for good."
- John Coltrane, 1966
Because music is important. Read the above quote from John Coltrane and KNOW that while quick changes (i.e. revolutions, controversies, coups) all have very visible effects, slow and lasting change only comes through Culture & Education. 'Art' is the thing between directly in between Culture and Education. Music is the heart of Art. It changes whole societies invisibly, indirectly. The power of a righteous artist with a righteous mission is something you cannot calculate. So don't try, just know that it is immense. As you may have noticed, most artists these days are content enough with a splash of fame and some money, the ability to chase after their desires for a bit longer before time catches up with them. For most of them, it would be crazy to compare themselves to people like Bob Marley, a man who changes the world with his love. They don't want to hold themselves to a standard like that. But then some other artists today want to do what Bob Marley did, and then they want to completely surpass it, not stopping until they are achieving Alexander the Great-type victories in the peace fields of World-Love and Unity.
So quantify that, sucker!!!
An album of MUSIC that will change the destiny of the world. After that, if all goes according to plan, a FREE CONCERT TOUR will take place.
Yes! Anyone, anywhere (with a major credit card) can pledge to Kickstarter projects. If you are a non-US Amazon 'Mechanical Turk' user, then you MAY experience a problem trying to pledge. If so, please just follow these simple instructions in order to show your support: https://www.jungledisk.com/secure/signup/mturk.aspx.
It should be; shipping from the US to the UK does cost more, BUT we've decided to take care of that for you and absorb the price difference ourselves... You want to support something great, we won't punish you for it :) ...
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Your CARD! Yoshi sends you one of his own custom-made "thank-you" postcards with a personalized message of thanks for your involvement in the project. Delivered straight to your door.Estimated delivery:
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Everything above + Receive the new unreleased E-book version of Yoshi's acclaimed debut novel "Pieces of a paki" - See Amazon.co.uk/.com for great reviews...Estimated delivery:
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Everything above + A (signed) ACTUAL COPY of one of Yoshi's POETRY BOOKS (Real Paper, not an e-book!)... Yoshi's series of 6 new, beautifully designed paperback books contain original, contemporary, non-pretentious poetry. See to your left (and way down!) for some reviews / Amazon links, pick one of them, enjoyEstimated delivery:
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Everything above + An exclusive 'Making of DVD'. Featuring documentary footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with musicians, Yoshi, and everyone associated with this great project. The DVD Documentary follows Yoshi at the time of the albums initial inception and recording sessions in Yoshi's Brooklyn studio, to the final recording sessions at CUE studios in Virginia. Also features a 'Making of' feature on the albums 1st music video which was shot in the mountains of Honduras and the 2nd one shot in New York City as well as Yoshi's musical adventures of discovery in Africa! This will NOT be generally available for purchase or download in any other form... + Any 2 rewards listed aboveEstimated delivery:
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Everything above + Receive ALL SIX of Yoshi's poetry books, aka the ENTIRE SERIES. Each book was written in chronological order, comprising of a journey to find truth. Everyone from NY Art Critics to Poets to Mathematicians and even Khaled Hosseini has acclaimed this poetry series as -genius- so get in on it before the rest of the world awakens and catches up + What's listed above (previous 2 physical poetry book rewards are not included for obvious reasons)Estimated delivery:
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A beautiful and ornate clay SCULPTURE of any subject (you choose) hand-made by Yoshi, OR Yoshi will choose the subject and you will be suprised. Yoshi has been studying and building ornate clay sculptures of his own special style for many years + Any 2 Rewards listed aboveEstimated delivery:
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YOUR HAND-PAINTED PORTRAIT of YOU; in oil, on canvas, done in the unique style of Yusuf Yoshi Misdaq (see album artwork for style-reference!) Can either be done in person, via Skype, or with a photograph of your choice sent via e-mail. This is really a priceless gift that will become even more priceless as it ages gracefully in your home through the best years of your life. + Any 2 rewards aboveEstimated delivery:
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8 Hours of GUITAR LESSONS! Wait no longer to begin beginning! Also available via Skype for those who are far from Yoshi (and closer to themselves). + Any 3 rewards aboveEstimated delivery:
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Your Private Performance @ a function of your choosing. For a few examples of Yoshi's electric &inspiring live shows, head over to Youtube + Your name is listed in the LP under the title: "Benefactor"Estimated delivery:
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COME HIGH WITH ME! A major theme of this LP is the human aspiration to FLY... Since you have been so gracious as to donate sevenhundred big ones, we are thrilled to be able to offer you a HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE! "If you ask me, Yes," will be be playing on speakers as your body lifts into the clouds and you dive into the sunrise/sunset (your choice). Yes, the music can be turned off in favor of silence (the greatest music) if you feel the moment calls for it. As you may already gather, this will be a once in a lifetime feeling. You'll go up with a trained, qualified pilot (Yoshi just so happens to be great friends with numerous balloon pilots across the USA). If you're in the NY/DC area, you'll drive to the location with Yoshi. If not, we'll book one closest to your location and supply you with the best music in the world for floating to.Estimated delivery:
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Yoshi will say "YES" to any three of your wishes.Estimated delivery:
- (33 days)