Some pics from yesterdays festival. It was absolutely wild! We ran out of food and sugar in two hours. The lööööv kept flowing though. I couldn’t get two feet without a request to have a pic taken with me after my performance. They were very confused to see me working at the cafe later on. Apparently I’m a big celebrity 😉
It’s closing in and I’m so excited. All the food. The food! Ok, and the music 😉 There’s gonna be some yummy Arabic food and some awesome music and cake and coffee and… Boy, me and food…
Here’s a wickedly wrong and off track schedule that needs to be revised a few times in many ways, but I’m still on at 4 p.m. See you there, lurvelies! 🙂
-A festival without borders.
I can proudly say I’m in the planning group of an AWESOME festival. I’m in charge of adding artists and keeping in contact with them. I’ll announce a few further on when gig times are decided.
The festival’s main theme I guess is integration and music. It’s arranged and organized by both long time Swedes and newly arrived from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries. There’ll be food, music and games from both Sweden and other cultures and well, just a joyous hangout for everyone.
Proceeds go to refugee camps in Greece.
If you happen to be an artist reading this (and able to get to Skara, Sweden, June 4th) and this tickles your fancy, do contact me! The more the merrier! It’s gonna be great! 😀
It’s dark. The world, I mean. Right now. Not entirely, I still see good people and specks of light everywhere, but the dark sure has a way of being very intrusive and hard to ignore. I take solace in the fact that there are so many helping, while I at the same time feel ashamed for my country’s behaviour. I would like to apologize for it right now.
I keep my spirits up with music and gorgeous morning views like this, remember to find that thing that keeps your spirit up, it’s important.
While my school french is somewhere in the back of my mind, this is an easy sentence for me to say.
Even back at the shootings I refused to go with the whole “I am Charlie” frenzy. Having read that piece of sh*t during religious studies it made me physically sick, and as a representative of free press? Nu-uh. No, of course no one gets to go into the office and slaughter the writers. That goes without saying. Though my opinion on that got questioned everytime I went “I AIN’T Charlie, goddamnit!”.
But can you get me now, as they are cashing in on drowned little three-year-old Aylan? I frequently asked my friends to use the function “hide” when publishing the dead drowned kids. The graphic nature of dead children (trigger) and the blood spots where their blood had ended up during drowning (my dad drowned and had those same blood spots, so BIG trigger). I do not hide from the refugee crisis, I just wasn’t the one who needed to see those pics.
Personally, I hope the whole god damn magazine goes belly-up. The mag, not the people, in case you needed more clarification.
You’ll never have me saying what I do and how I make money is a privelege. I work damn hard, I do a good job, and it’s my right to get paid.
But it’s also a human right not having to flee your country because it’s blown to bits, and with the biggest refugee crisis since world war II you can certainly weigh what’s more important. This is a month were I would usually skimp. Bills are piling up, I’ve had a vacation with smaller pay, maybe I don’t need this and that and cheese and new outfits.
Giving puts a big dent in my economy, but I won’t end up homeless and traumatized. I’ve donated already, saw the chance to do more today with some campaigns and took it. I have a right to earn the money but also do with it what I please. I do what I can and I firmly believe you should, it’s not a matter of being privvied or not. A roof over my head and something to eat for the day, pay for your hard work, all human rights and nothing I lose by giving to help others receive the same.
So I’ve decided to adjust since I’m already giving monthly to the album causes and they get money anyways .Besides what I’ve already donated, ALL proceeds of streaming, downloads and physical sales in September go to Syriah. I have decent physical sales which I can donate immediately, downloading sales will take a month or two, but people will still need help then, and hey, people do prefer to make the choice themselves. I could donate profit for May right now, but people listening to my music then have not been filled in. Anti-racist will listen more, racists will listen less, but they get to choose themselves and I find anti-racism generates waaaay more when people really want to get involved.
So… September. This very month, people. Stream. Buy album. Download. Go to https://mariabohm.bandcamp.com/ and donate an amount of your choosing for the download. But now is the time. It will ALL go to the refugees.
P.S. If you’re tight on money, stream like hell. Preferably from Apple music as I / the refugees get a bigger profit there. Thanks, Taylor Swift!
Back from sunny vacation abroad and back to work full throttle.
No, I mean it, I dumped of my luggage at home and then went to work, after kissing the furry friends also known as pets for a few minutes.
Contact with my booking agency, some gigs lining up, and new courses and lectures, starting this weekend with Music and Business. It’s been hectic to say the least.
Apparently my songs made some good sales when I was gone, I waved the Amnesty donation in favour of Syria this time though, I figured I already give monthly to both Amnesty and the Women’s cause so, you know, when something like this happens… A little adjustment can be made.
There weren’t many refugees when I started my time abroad, but going home… wow… so many, just sitting in the hot sun on the streets. Yes, I gave them money, I’d saved up more than I needed for the trip. I know some hesitate and think it’s a waste of time, but just looking at the crafty Romani making lovely baskets at super speed in Skara (of course I’ve bought one, they’re awesome), I know that everyone wants to make a difference, I know we all dream big no matter where in life we are. Not that I needed the basket-making to prove that, I mention it to the ones who need proof though.
More to come, after I’ve fully made the transition from vacation Maria to work Maria! 🙂