US Govt Tweet Us

The US Department of State and the Fulbright tweeted about my arts/film project (Lollipops Crown) for orphans/street kids in Morocco. Can’t believe this was a year ago. Planning the next phase now. Please keep supporting.

See the tweet/vid clip here: https://twitter.com/#!/FulbrightPrgrm/status/57880523430825984 

http://twitter.com/fulbrightprgrm

al drari fi al maghreb: TOWAHASHKUM BIZEFF

Partnership 2011 w/ Bright Light Theater Company

While working on Frank Rhee’s movie over  the summer I returned from Morocco, my co-star Blair and I got to talking about combining my arts initiative from Morocco with real actors and a theater production company in America. This would provide the films, photos, and music of the street kids from the centers in Morocco (Darna, Dar Lekbira, Al Wafa, and ASCMP Drug Clinic), a key outlet from which their brilliance and creativity and perspectives could be seen and heard internationally. The arts would literally bridge the stories of Arab youth to young Actors and audiences in America.

I am pleased to say that production is under way for ALL PLACES FROM HERE, a partnership of Lollipops Crown Music and Arts Initiative with the Bright Light Theater Company based in Philadelphia.

Stay tuned, but in the mean time here is the basic info:

Bright Light in the Fringe Festival!

All Places From Here 

a cross-cultural collaboration

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Photo by: Mohsin Mohi-Ud-Din

Philadelphia Fringe Festival

September 2-17

Bright Light Theatre Company has teamed up with NYC-based Fulbright Scholar Mohsin Mohi-Ud-Din in order to bring to life the multi-dimensional arts and music youth program, Lollipops Crown Music and Arts Initiative. Founded by Mohsin in Tangier, Morocco in January 2009; Lollipops Crown is a fifteen month series of music, dance, and film workshops with the street children of the region, which aims to empower the youth via the arts. By utilizing live music, urban dance, and uniquely crafted projections of the short films from Tangier, BLTC will create a full-length multi-media performance entitled All Places From Here. Through the live interpretation of these inspiring stories, the extraordinary power of dreams sheds light on the perseverance of the human soul.

“In the world of music and art, there is no right and wrong. There is only the responsibility to express what you truly feel.” (Mohsin Mohi-Uh-Din)

For more Information about Lollipops Crown visit

https://dangerville.wordpress.com/

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Photo by: Christina Ponsoran

Much Love,

BLTC

Allison, Julian, Samantha

A YEAR IN REVIEW: A Look Back at 2010- from MOROCCO to MALAYSIA to NEW YORK CITY

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……