We have a unique opportunity now, to leverage this crisis to kick-start a Decade of Action – UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed
Live song share This evening 29th May -Friday / Corona daily relaxations/ Wake Up Your Artist Online/ Film for Seamus Heaney Centre #LeaveNoOneBehind/
Dear friends , in these times of lockdown at various stages-reaching out to say hello with a live show this evening, a series of relaxation reodings, pay what you can online retreats and some other projects and links.
This evening, 8-9 myself and buddy and house friend Josh Donaldson (who sings under the name of Yona ) will be doing a song share hour and taking donations for The Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers. You may not know; as an asylum seeker in Britain you receive £36 a week (£5 a day) to cover your living costs. I was surprised and saddened with was so little when I started volunteering there.
The organisation wholeheartedly offers all they can to whoever turns up and thanks to everyone whose donations make it possible. The centre now run a food bank on a Wednesday during the pandemic
Here’s a picture of Josh (Bona) I’m playing with this evening
One of my lockdown projects has been to record daily relaxations – The series playlsted below is them , first a body scan, then a song; each is about 15/20 minutes. The relaxations go into the body in more details than I have explored before – describing bones muscles and organs – in total I imagine we will have about 65/70 of them by about 2 weeks time when I plan to wrap up the project 🙂
The relaxations also come with dedications to community activists, politicians, friends, and countries that have inspired me during this time with their efforts and heart to maintain peace and love and speak truth to power during this time.
The Wake Up Your Artist retreats run by myself and Larissa Mazbouh continues through this time online – if you felt to have a few days of creative retreat we do workshops looking at creativity with all it’s ups and downs and how find our Fflow and art activist engaging in social issues – we’d love to see you.
Come see our website for more :
lastly a film…
A month ago Josh, who I’m playing with tonight and I did this project together funded by The Seamus Heaney Poetry Society in Ireland. It features the Foodbank and me (a lot!) forgive that – the project was about individual artists, poetry and songlyrics around Covid – we hope it raises awareness and some funds.
This work of charities fill the gap left by, in my opinion, a system that could much kinder and much more supportive.
The film ends with a hash tag #leavenoonebehind another organisation raising awareness for the most vulnerable at this time
With love and wishing you are ok at this time – if you feel lonely and want a chat – I’d be glad to hear from you