The hottest new kora-led international music group needs your help to release their first full-length album. Come hear the magic.
Hello Strangers, Acquaintances, Friends and Family of Diali Cissokho & Kairaba!
We need your help to finish raising the money to self-release our first album. We've already raised and invested $4,700 - and we just need $3,000 more to finish the project! We can do it!
Who is Diali Cissokho & Kairaba!?
We are a band that plays music inspired by the ancient West-African griot tradition. Led by the kora, the 21-stringed harp-lute, this highly original blend of traditional and modern styles creates an infectious sound reminiscent of West African dance bands full of unison melody, adventurous improvisation, fiery solos and polyrhythmic frameworks. With lyrics in Manding, Wolof, and English, Kairaba illuminates its listeners with stories of ancient and modern West Africa and how they relate to today's universal experiences and emotions felt by everyone, regardless of origin.
Our band is humbled by the good fortune we have had coming up in a community that has been incredibly receptive to our explorative fusion of traditional West African music together with elements of our own diverse musical backgrounds here in NC. In turn, we’re working to give back by offering benefit shows for worthy causes including refugee resettlement, supporting Central African farmers in sustainable agriculture, and helping to supply mosquito nets to fight against Malaria in Senegal.
Why you are reading this!
Over the past few months we’ve all been truly grateful for the wonderful support of family, friends and the overall community who have contributed to making our relatively young band a growing success. In that spirit we’re asking you to help us!
With your help, we want to maintain this cycle generosity and creativity--to keep receiving and offering support through music and art, because we think that we should live in a world that fosters just that.
Details about the album you are (thinking about) supporting:
Already Done!: In October 2011, we recorded the 11-song, 51-minute album with Scott Solter at his Baucom Road studio in Monroe, NC and had it mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B in Charlotte. It sounds fantastic!
To Do: The Packaging and Promotion! We will order 1000 copies of the record (in CD format) and they will be packaged in durable recycled paperboard that will be printed at Stumptown Printers, a worker-cooperative offset and letterpress printshop in Portland, Oregon. We will use $2000 of your donations for this, and the remaining $1000 (after Kickstarter and Amazon take out their cut) will go towards getting our completed CD to radio stations, reviewers and lovers of good, original music everywhere.
Our budget for Recording, Production and Distribution:
Recording/ mixing ..........................$4,000
Promotion / Distribution .....................$500
Thank you so much for your consideration and possible involvement in our project. Please feel free to contact us for any reason at the email below.
What's most important is that the word gets out to people that you know who have the means to donate/invest in a project like this, and would feel empowered in doing so. Please forward this Kickstarter campaign widely, and we thank you.
Yours truly and BIG THANKS!!!
Diali & Kairaba!
Our website: www.kairabamusic.com
Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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A dinner for 2 with the band in Chapel Hill, NC, who will prepare for you (and teach you how if you're interested) the best Senegalese food and drink that you've ever tasted outside of the motherland (get yourselves here, and we'll take care of the rest), plus the $20 reward!Estimated delivery:
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Two 30-minute music lessons at our NC studio (or over Skype) from one of our band members. Choose lessons on either Kora, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Jembe, Congas, or Percussion. Plus the $10, $20, and $25 rewards!Estimated delivery:
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