Kia ora, and welcome to our project. The SENDAM Rawkustra from Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, has the great pleasure to announce that we have independently recorded an album's worth of material and now we want to make into a CD.
SENDAM has been a hidden secret really, a flourishing and developing group of unrealised musicians who were spending their time at a day centre that provided a safe and non-judgmental space for folk who have past or current experiences of mental illness. There's a more detail history below for your additional information.
For five years, almost every Friday, SENDAM meet's, set's up the equipment - always percussion but often never the same arrangement, and launches into uncharted musical territory. The attendance has always been voluntary, any contribution accepted, to fully immerse in the music-making or to gently sit and watch, it is all considered part of the group. Talking with words can sometimes be too hard, but to converse in sound, to watch and respond, to gently observe and help tease out a yet-unrealised blossoming confidence is a delightful way to pass the time.
Over the years, people have brought other offerings, talents, hidden piano skills, guitarist skills, and wordsmiths - spontaneous and composed. All have been welcome and explored.
And now, after half a decade, we have captured an audio snapshot of SENDAM. Now we want to produce a CD and book that anchors this hidden and bold beauty in a format to share. Now we reach out to you. Perhaps you would like to be part of this community-enhancing project?
We are in need of $3000 to help us press this CD, to wrap it in a beautiful gate-fold cardboard package, and to include a generous CD size booklet fully of images that capture the vitality, the fragility, and the boldness that we call SENDAM.
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