Here is a look back at 2010–Fulbright project: Lollipops Crown Music and Arts Initiative–Morocco:
I: ALBUM OF SOLO MUSIC AND MUSIC WORKSHOPS FROM LOLLIPOPS CROWN MOROCCO
-Recordings of music workshops w/ street children from DARNA and patients at the ASCMP drug clinic, interviews about the project, and free solo music from MOHSIN, written in Morocco. Listen and donate to the Fulbright Project: Lollipops Crown Music/Arts Initiative Album 2010: Album here: www.mohsin.bandcamp.com
Sample: Track # 9: WORKSHOP W/ ASCMP DRUG CLINIC and Heroin Addicts
come look, listen DEMO w_ ASCMP
As part of my Fulbright project, I was conducting music and film workshops with heroin addicts receiving care at the ASCMP Clinic in Tangier. This clinic is the only one of its kind in the Northern Morocco and it was there I met the poet Mohammed and a singer named Hana. Before her addiction, Hana wanted to be a professional singer. Mohammed loved rapping. Hana was a sweet soul but one could see her sorrow in the somber smile. Mohammed was quite shy and his arms were wrapped in gauze to protect his wounds. Yet once we got together to make music, their music, there was a real energy and optimism and pride felt within the clinic’s examination room where we recorded the song. On this particular workshop, I had my brother Din, lead singer of zerobridge, come with me to work on a song with Hana and Mohammed.
The song was based on a poem written by Mohammed called Aji, Shouf, Sma’a, or Come, Look, Listen. It is about how one can fall into fatal addictions from smaller, lesser addictions, from poverty, from boredom, from a fear of having no way out. Mohammed had written a very insightful an sincere story about addiction and Hana was brave enough to sing the chorus in a voice that is truly rich, beautiful, and telling of the hardships she has faced. The verses are sung in spoken word forum. (Mohammed is a big Eminem fan.)
Special thanks to Hicham and Hanan, two brilliant social workers who are leading efforts to care for the addicts at ASCMP Clinic.
TO HEAR ALBUM VISIT: WWW.MOHSIN.BANDCAMP.COM
II. PRESENTATIONS AND SCREENINGS of Lollipops Crown Music and Arts Initiative Morocco
-CINEMA RIF, MORoCCO + U.S EMBASSY MOROCCO
-WORLD ISLAMIC ECONOMIC FORUM–MALAYSIA
III. THE ASIA SOCIETY REPORT, CREATIVE VOICES IN MUSLIM WORLD, WRITES ABOUT LOLLIPOPS CROWN
My Fulbright project with street children (Lollipops Crown Music and Arts Initiative) and the Zerobridge -U.S Embassy sponsored music tour in Morocco during my Fulbright was published in a special report published and released by the prestigious ASIA SOCIETY
The report is titled:’Muslims Making a Difference Through the Arts’: See the published report here: <a http://tinyurl.com/24aqaok”>http://tinyurl.com/24aqaok , page 78.
IV. PRESENTATION AT UNITED STATES INSTITUTE FOR PEACE–WASHINGTON D.C
V. OVER $2,000 DONATIONS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO PROJECT AND THE CHILDREN’S CENTERS SO FAR……summer 2011—Project Kashmir–stay tuned and keep supporting……