Hello World! We are Mahina Movement,
We are Gabriella Callender a.k.a. Gabby a.ka. Gab*star, a Musician, Singer, Songwriter; born & raised in Hollis, Queens, New York. We are Erica DeLaRosa a.k.a Erica a.k.a La Chata, a Dancer, Singer, & Writer; born & raised in San Antonio, Texas and now represents Harlem. We are vaimoana litia makakaufaki niumeitolu a.k.a Moana a.k.a MoLuv who is a Painter, Poet & Actor born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga; raised in Hawa'ii & Utah & loves being a NuevaYorker.Born and based in New York City, we are a collective of Independent Artists. We are Activists. We are Indigenous & International. We are Gay, Queer, Straight & Queer Friendly. We are Singers. We are Poets. We are Leaders causing Leaders. We are Women of Color. We are BlackWhiteXicanaIrish TonganaGermanOceaniaAmerican. We are survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We are bringers of joy and holders & givers of light. We are Educators, Teachers & Learners. We are Writers. We are Storytellers. We combine art, poetry and song to create passionate music tied to flesh and bone, straight from our heart. We tell stories of the personal and political wrapped with the courage, strength and awareness of our human struggle and connection. Our 3 voices and one guitar blend into a powerful force, mixing folk, rock and rhymes in English, Spanish, and Tongan simmered with our indigenous roots and cultures.
Born in the Summer of 2000, we have performed, facilitated workshops, and have organized in our communities for the past 12 years. We have performed on over 400 stages and shared mics with youth, community leaders and activists, Angela Davis, Amina and Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Kool Herc, Suheir Hammad, Noam Chomsky, Tony Kushner, Deepak Chopra, Immortal Technique, Dead Prez and many more. We have performed all over NYC and we have traveled to perform in Detroit, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Albany, San Antonio, Salt Lake City and now we are going on our very 1st tour and we are going international!!!
HELP FUND OUR TOUR AND OUR 2nd ALBUM FOR EMPOWERMENT, CONNECTION & LOVE IN THE WORLD
The SOULJOURNEY TRUTH TOUR is our full creative expression of being a stand for freedom, peace and joy all over the planet during our lifetime. We believe we can end violence and bring peace to the Congo, to Aotearoa, to Palestine and Israel, to Harlem, to Utah, one song at a time to one ear at a time. We believe that this can only happen when each and every woman is truly free in her full self-expression and owns her voice. And what we mean by "woman" is the woman and feminine in every one: transgender, men, women, girls, boys and many more. We believe it starts with ourselves: you and me.
On this Souljourney Truth Tour we will record our live performances-- audience interaction and all--to create our second album to come out in 2013. Our debut album, Speak the Fire, was birthed in May 2008. We know this second album is long over due. We have so many new songs and poems to lay down and share with you.
With your help and support, we will be able to:
***Jump off our Souljourney Truth Tour in NYC and then travel to Dublin, Ireland!!!! How does this look like?
***Sat. November 10, 2012: Souljourney Truth in NYC, NY.
We are inviting 4 musicians to play with us: DJ Oja, a trumpet player, a bass player and a percussionist. We have invited the amazing and very talented Singer & Hip Hop Artist, Lah Tere to open for us in NYC and in Dublin. We are also going to have a fantastic Poet group open for us too, shhhhh, they are not confirmed yet.
***Sun. November 11 - Sun. November 18, 2012: Souljourney Truth in
Location: Axis Arts Centre in Ballymun, Dublin
We will be bringing our crew with us: DJ Oja, Lah Tere and a professional Photographer & Film maker to document our journey. We will have local artists open and perform on stage with us too.
***Start making our 2nd album
The 2 above performances we hope will give us great live recordings for our upcoming album
***Hire a professional team of branding and marketing experts.
As independent, grassroots artists, THIS is a huuuge deal for us.
For the past 12 years, we have managed ourselves, independently produced our first album, independently produced all our shows, and now, we know we have to expand. We want to travel to not only other cities in the U.S.A but we want to travel to other cities in Europe and to Africa, South America, Asia, and Oceania. It was very important to us to find a professional team that shares our same values and beliefs of making a difference in our communties. We found this team and they are Branding for the People. We can't wait to work with them! http://brandingforthepeople.com
***We are only asking for a minimum to jump start our tour and create our second album. We know it's going to take much more funds than this first goal. However, we know with hiring our professional branding and marketing team, we can be able to start working on getting independent and corporate sponsors to support us in traveling to these other cities and countries we plan on rocking and sharing our music and poetry:
SOULJOURNEY TRUTH TOUR 2012-2013
U.S.A & Canada: Boston, Philadelphia, LA, San Francisco, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Anchorage, Toronto
Africa: Capetown and Johannesburg, South Africa
Europe: England, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany
Oceania: Hawa'ii, Fiji, Tonga, Aotearoa, Australia
Latin America: Chile, Argentina
Our goal is to raise $15,000.00 by Mon. October 22, 2012The funds we raise will go to:
-Roundtrip tickets for 6 people to Dublin, Ireland $4,500.00
-Roundtrip ticket for Lah Tere from Chicago to NYC $300.00
-Tranporting all our music & art equipment $500.00
Rehearsal Space & Venue in NYC: $400.00
Professional Branding & Marketing Team: $3,000.00
Musician, Artist, Documeting & Recording Stipends: $2,500.00
Mastering & Printing Album: $1,000.00
Indiegogo Campaign Fees: 1,050.00
Set Materials & Supplies $400.00 (Moana is building an amazing set!)
"I GOT YO BACK" Por favor back us early
By backing early, not only we will hit our goals sooner so that we can start offering bonuses, but you'll also encourage other backers to join in and create a momentum that will help us cross the ultimate finish line.
What if we exceed our goal?
Ohhhh, we’re hoping we do!!!! We know we are only asking for a minimum to get our tour and second album going but the true budget is 3 to 5 times that minimum amount of $15 000. If we exceed our goal, we can start adding more cities to the tour. So, please, become a backer now. It's quick, it's easy and you will be forever blessed.
The ImpactFor Mahina Movement, it is our honor and dreams come true to be able to share our music and share our voices with you. We are empowered that we have people in this world to really listen to what we have to say and contribute to the planet. We do not take this lightly and we feel blessed to be able to serve, honor and celebrate our communities where so many of our narratives are not present and visible in the dominant culture. We never thought we would last this long. We are dedicated to keep on moving and sharing our music and poetry even when we don't have any teeth and we can't stand up straight. Don't Sleep. We, truly, have just begun.
Spread the word!Speak it, email it, facebook, twitter it, journal it, blog it, love it world wide. Become a part of the Souljourney. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
we love you with passion,
Gabby, Erica and Moana
Here are a few other links you can check out:
Haven't heard our first album, SPEAK THE FIRE? Listen here: http://mahinamovement.bandcamp.com/album/speak-the-fire
Performance for Guantanamo NYC to Free Fahad:
Performace for Justice Now, October 22nd Coalition:
Gabby's performance in "Secret Survivors"
50 Artists, 50 Shots
Team on This Campaign: