Seattle band Publish The Quest has been invited to Zimbabwe in April to perform at the Harare International Festival of the Arts.
There's 'pasta' and then, there is 'PASTA': a labour of love - home-made with just the right ingredients - served up with that secret sauce. Delicious, even "brilliant" as my cousin might say.
It's undeniable. Superlatives transcend the words themselves when judiciously applied. You feel; they inspire; you become.
Publish The Quest is just that - brilliant!
Songwriter Jacob Bain formed the band in 2008 to record The Threads. As a result of that experience, seven passionate people have come together to form a strong bond and a band that is serious about keeping feet moving, bodies shaking and minds engaged!
Jacob, along with Jeffrey DeMelle, Mark Oi, Samantha Boshnack, Izaak Mills, Adam Kessler and Chris Poage have been invited to Zimbabwe in April to perform at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). Founded in 1999, HIFA is a six day annual festival and workshop program that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival program of theatre, dance, music, circus, street performance, spoken word and visual arts. Much more than just another occasion to perform on stage, the festival will see the band conduct music workshops with under-privileged children and record with local artists.
Strong bonds and like-minded philosophies have made this collaboration possible. I've known Manuel Bagorro, HIFA's Founder and Artistic Director, for over thirty years and Jeff, the band's bass player, for almost two decades. Publish The Quest is destined to make a difference both at home and abroad. After recording with Femi Kuti, Matt Chamberlain, Eyvind Kang, Radioactive and Vieux Farka Touré, the band went into the studio recently to record a song to benefit the music school I started in Cape Verde.
We have most of the stars aligned, but Uncle Benjamin is proving to be a little uncooperative - Seattle to Harare is quite a distance, and the plane tickets don't come cheaply. After burning big holes in our pockets, we're still short $3,500.
We're new to KickStarter but we're hoping that there are enough PASTA lovers out there who might appreciate the PTQ sauce and help spread a little of it in Africa.
Talking about spreading the PTQ sauce, Becca and Fitz Cahall of The Dirtbag Diaries fame, just finished a podcast about PTQ and the band's recent travels: http://www.dirtbagdiaries.com/
PTQ - HIFA Press Release: http://nimekula.org/publish_the_quest_hifa.pdf
PTQ website: www.publishthequest.com
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