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S o S - Covid-19 Artists Fonds
Sounds of Subterrania has two basic inspirations and pillars, one is the music and the other is the artwork. Both are threatened by the current situation and I would like to help both with this call. Because its a request for those, who have no loud voice in these times and will fall through the network of help.
Faratuben, a band from Mali and the youngest member of the Sounds of Subterrania community, is currently stranded in Denmark. In summer we wanted to release the first album. In this context, several gigs were booked, including the Roskilde Festival. This tour now breaks away completely and the band faces a mountain of debts of approx. € 10,000. Should we not be able to melt this mountain of debt, this has far-reaching effects on the work of the band, because unlike European or American bands, Faratuben can be refused the visa for later concerts due to their financial situation. Other African artists e.g. Bibi Ahmed and Group Inerane have already applied for visas and travel, which will now expire. They face the same fate. Kaleb Stewart is also unable to begin his tour and there is no need to mention, that the american government will not replace this loss. European bands are also in front of a heap of broken glass.
I would also like to mention that my african bands do important cultural and socio-political work locally in their countries. With their music they help to create an awareness of freedom, solidarity and humanity. They are at the forefront of injustice, making themselves vulnerable. They represent exactly mine, and I also hope your, old punk rock ideals and that's why your help is important now.
Likewise, many of the designers of my artwork are acutely affected by the current situation. Orders are canceled or not placed at all and tour posters without tours, you know ....
I would like to ask for donations for both, bands and designers, because as a label I am dependent on both.
The distribution will take place according to the need among the bands. For donations over 50 euros, we will create a special screen printing work of the first Faratuben album, limited to 100 pieces, and hand it over as a thank you. The creation and printing of the artwork is issued as an order to support the silkscreen community. If the number of donors of more than 50, - € exceeds this number, another screen printer will create an artwork for another Sounds of Subterrania band, in order to increase the effect of the support.
Thank you for your support.
Sounds of Subterrania Covid-19 Artists Fonds