The Concert for Nepal initiative started as an awareness event after a devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015. The event returns to Berlin on Wednesday November 8th with Melodies And Stories From Nepal to raise funds for Govinda, an association active since 1998, that supports more than 8000 people in Nepal together with 80 nepalese employees in 8 different projects. Govinda has built an orphanage and 12 schools in Nepal, giving an opportunity to learn to more than 6.000 children. Particularly disadvantaged children and their families are supported with vocational training, education, grants and a special re-integration program for orphans from the Shangrila Orphanage.
This year, the team behind the event welcomes Nepalese band Night alongisde a programme of Berlin-based artists which include Ajvar, Knox Chandler and lll MAURY lll
Based in Berlin, Ajvar play a spicy mixture of itchy Balkan instrumental pieces, that may lead to involuntary dancing, perspiring and smiling.
New-school folk band Night were formed in Kathmandu in 2006. Originally an avant-garde metal band, the project moved towards more traditional sounds after a series of journeys founding member Jason Kunwar undertook across Nepal opened his mind to the richness of Nepali music and the songs of remote villages. Night perform using an array of regional instruments such as the tungna fretless lute, sarangi fiddle, mahali reed trumpet and the original shepherd’s instrument, the paluwa, a fresh young leaf used as a reed held between the fingers, as well as an arsenal of percussion instruments and tuned drums. Along the way they’ve created a roots-inspired repertoire of beautifully arranged compositions, breathing new life into the endangered folk song traditions of rural Nepal with a young, contemporary urban spirit.
Knox Chandler’s career spans three decades plus and includes performing, recording, arranging and producing with such acts as REM, Depeche Mode, Grace Jones and Marianne Faithful. His long stints as a member of The Psychedelic Furs, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Cyndi Lauper‘s band has given Knox the experience of a worldwide touring musician.
lll MAURY lll is a character of vision and sound. From cosmos to introspection, from introspection to unity, he draws through his voice what he sees through his lens. On stage, swirl live loops of baritone guitar, voice, drum-machines, inceptions and synth. Pop. Mystic. One.
Tickets for the event are available at Koka 36 or on the night at the door. We also have two tickets to give away for the event. Leave a comment below the article, winners will be notified the day prior to the event.
Doors to the event open from 18.00 hrs onwards.