Afghan-American singer Fereshta shares her provocative life story, from war and displacement to education, empowerment and activism.
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Hello my darlings!
I am so thrilled to share my new record with you! It combines my love of real, honest, intimate storytelling with gorgeous, global sonic collisions. We have combined my deep love of rock n' roll with my exotic Afghan heritage, and taken it all south to Rio De Janeiro to infuse the fiery passion of Brazilian music!
Be a part of this record, share in the journey, connect and share an unforgettable experience with me and each other. This is what makes music such an amazing gift!
As a warbaby, I have seen the expensive *human* cost of war, the toll it takes on a family to experience loss, displacement and be robbed of their lives. Because of this, I'm deeply committed to peace, education, unity and global healing. We have so much to lose as a human family when we harm and destroy one another. We have so much *to gain* by peacefully co-existing, cherishing our diversity, and cooperating as a global family.
Since the personal is the global, I've made a record that puts my human journey on full display. This record stands for peace while nakedly sharing my own family's history of war and displacement. It shines a light on a dark and often overlooked side of this human tragedy.
At the same time, it is a sonic collision of three gorgeous nations, joining forces in peaceful harmony and coexistence, using the opportunities provided by the uniqueness of their diversity to create something truly magical!
The exotic flavors of Afghanistan french kiss American rock n' roll and head south to infuse gorgeous Brazilian grooves and percussion! This is how Cultural Collision was born. I believe cultures *can* collide in a positive and unitive way.
I am an Afghan refugee, a warbaby who received the education, opportunities and privileges of America and stand now as a determined pacifist. I believe in the American Dream. I believe we can do better than this as a human family. I believe we can prioritize the end of human suffering by exchanging our economic priorities for humanitarian ones. I believe peace will come through education, especially educating young girls and women in places like my homeland, so they can empower themselves and actively participate in creating positive, lasting change in their societies.
As Greg Mortenson, the Executive Director of CAI points out, "Young women are the single biggest potential agents of change in the developing world -- a phenomenon that is sometimes referred to as the Girl Effect. No other factor even comes close to matching the cascade of positive changes triggered by teaching a single girl how to read and write. In military parlance, girls' education is a force multiplier."
My hope for humanity is that we be compelled to unite and end all human suffering. I believe in the possibility of peace for all mankind.
I have a profound view straddling the cultural fence. I want to make a stand for these two incredible nations. They share so many of the same values and carry many of the same hopes and dreams for their lives and the lives of their children. I can see very clearly where the misunderstandings are, and I intend to proactively participate in the unification of our human family.
You'll get to hear this on songs like “Global Nation” and “We're The Heroes.” This is my beating heart, painted on a sonic canvas by my amazing tribe.
Grammy Award winning producer Alan Sanderson, the amazing and talented Zach Ashton (co-producer), and some of the most FABULOUS Brazilian musicians to have existed on the planet! They have all lovingly bent over backwards to be a part of this adventure.
Here on the Kickstarter page you can become an integral part of unleashing this record on the world, and have me come to your town for live shows and big bear hugs! We’re making this a full on journey that invites you backstage with us – from music, pix, video, prose, stories – and anything and everything I can think of exclusively for my Kickstarter fans!
As you know, nothing beats word of mouth for an indie artist, so please pass this along to your friends and loved ones. The grander we can make this project, the more we can do to unleash great music, promote education for young girls and stand for peace and humanity!
I am so excited to share my art and my soul with you and to bring you each into my world. I look forward to connecting with you in a way that makes this whole crazybeautiful ride feel like a real soultribe. :)
Thank you from deepest place in my heart, for your love and support. Being a patron of my art, so I can extend my message to the world, is the greatest gift you can provide!
Peace, love and blessings,
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