One of my very dear friends and amazing voice teacher, Beatrice Anderson, is traveling to Jamaic to teach music to children and trace her own family roots:
“On July 25th, 2011, I have the awesome pleasure of returning to Jamaica after 13 years to trace the steps of my lineage, to share with children music of our ancestors as a volunteer in two summer programs and to craft the framework for a Fulbright fellowship that would allow me a return in the spring of 2012–exploring connections between traditional folk song, indigenous language and spirituality in Jamaica.
This is a So’journ into the ‘classics’ as articulated by my ancestors. This is my So’journ with the spirits of those who lent their voice, dance and life’s purpose to charting a path of freedom. This is my So’journ along that path, into the depths of a lineage that may be lost unless we trace, unearth and document it. This is So’journ Jamaica.
I am humbly requesting monetary or in-kind donations toward the acquisition of: materials to make instruments with the children, audio and visual recording device to document interviews with members of the community, lodging, food, and transportation. Below is a list of specific items for purchase or donation. You can also contribute as little as $10 towards the overall costs of my 7 weeks in Jamaica. Learn more about my journey at myvoiceinside.com and please pass on the word.
I believe in this work, in this journey and inspired simply by the possibility!”
Beatrice also recently completed a similar successful trip to help people in Haiti. I am very inspired by and proud to support this project, and I hope you are too.
To donate to this amazing project, please click here: https://www.wepay.com/xp39lo/donate/395430