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How I got here
Akory, my name is Marvin.
Three years ago I went on a journey to find something that I was missing in my life:
a band that is like a family, experiences that broaden your horizon and a new way of making and living with music. I have always been a musician but wanted a different approach, maybe a way of doing the best thing in the world I did not yet know of.
I brought with me some blues and experiences in rock and classical guitar, when I went to live with the folk and singer / songwriter of Australia, discovered the melodies and rhythms from South America and finally found happiness, drive and passion in Madagascar.
I went there at the end of 2011 to work as a volunteer in a school („College d´enseignement general de Loukintsy“), teaching English and sports (physical education) to the children, when I met three brothers that have spent their lifetime only playing music.
Where they came from
Their father regulary played his guitar and sang in the hotels of the small island „Sainte–Marie“ and as soon as they were old enough, he always took his children to perform with him.
All the brothers had, was their voice and a traditional drum, but over time further instruments complemented their equipment. Our coming together was as overwhelming as inspiring. Day and night we wrote numerous songs and started to record them in a small studio on the island. The repertoire was large enough to easily create our first album together... and here comes the part were we need your help:
Where we are heading
Due to the small size of the studio in Sainte-Marie and the vague business policies in the studios of the main cities of Madagascar, Antananarivo and Tamatave, overdubs, mixing and mastering need to be done in larger studios in Germany that have the capacity for the recording of bigger percussion and drums.
We already have requests to play live as well. E.g. the festival "Die Breminale", Bremen, Germany just reserved a slot for us for Saturday the 13th of July 8pm. If the campaign will be succesful, this would be a great date to publish our album.
What has to be afforded
Flights, Visas, insurances, studio-time, website construction, promotion, food, living, rehearsal room and instruments unfortunately don´t pay themselves and the income of a musician in Madagascar is by far insufficient to cover the expenses of just one of the points mentioned.
What can be achieved
Please help us to finish our album and to bring Raoky to Germany.
In fact it will be way more than just helping a band finishing an album, but also a great cultural exchange: Bringing artists from one of the poorest countries in the world to a European country for 3 months will be a great achievement that does not happen every day.
What you can get
What we offer in return for your support is of course a hardcopy of our album as soon as it is finished. We will also give you the opportunity to benefit from the treasures of Madagascar. Therfore, as an add-on to the music, you can chose between hand made cinnamon, beautiful traditional cloths, vanilla and malagasy pepper. Or all together as a package.
If you like to see a video of us performing one of your favorite songs in Raoky manner, you can chose Perk number 7. Or you would like us to play a private acoustic session for 2 hours once we are near you? If you cover travel costs we would even go the long distance chose bundle number 8.
And last but not least: 2 weeks in Sainte-Marie. Come live with us and let us show you the incredible Sainte-Marie, the package includes the flight, housing, food in all it´s malagasy richness, transport on the island and us showing all the beautiful spots as well as bringing you closer the malagasy culture.
How you can support as well
Even without any money you can help!! Talk about it. Let your friends, family, collegues and everyone else know about what is happening with Raoky. Share the link on your Facebook page and be our friend.
We are open for all feedback and creative input. Maybe you want to book us for a show or we inspired you for a drawing...!? Here´s our Mailadress:
Thank you very much!