Do you ever find yourself wishing that the people had more power? Are you someone who finds yourself dreaming about world peace? Well, the Power To The People project is a non profit World Peace Day movement of music and creativity that already has hoopers getting involved. Built around the Basement Jaxx track “Power to the People”, a Universally positive song that empowers our interconnectedness on this planet, the lyrics express that when people come together, amazing things can happen. And it’s spinning up a celebration to do just that. Give it a listen and get inspired.[Niara Scarlett sings the original Basement Jaxx version on the streets and in London’s Camden district.]
Basement Jaxx says, “We are looking for people around the world to create versions of the song, in every language, in every musical style, celebrating the richness and diversity of humanity. All the versions will be able to be heard/watched/mixed together online on the Power to the People fm player. We want musicians, singers, dancers, filmmakers, and artists from all over the world to come together and create. We want to share your stories, encourage collaboration, inspire and have fun.”
Their ultimate goal is to create and release a version of “Power To The People” with the people of the world on World Peace Day, September 21, 2014, with all proceeds going to charity, so it’s really no wonder that hoopers are already getting involved.[Malcolm Stuart from Los Angeles, California, USA, Nick Guzzardo of Castle Rock, Colorado, USA, Rebecca Halls from Berlin, Germany, and Tiana Zoumer of Oakland, California, USA, spin it up. Video by Amy Goldstein.]
The personal responsible for spinning up the peace, power and creativity above is Amy Goldstein, the Hoopie Award winning film director of The Hooping Life, the super cool documentary about the modern hoop dance movement. She Hooping.org, “We’re thrilled to be part of the Power to the People project. It’s all about how when people come together amazing things can happen, and that’s what happened and continues to happen with hooping. People feel happy cause they are moving with a very touchy feely dance partner, the hoop! Hoopers were naturally drawn to create communities to share it. The hoop has been a strong tool for female empowerment and so much more. That’s why we had to make a movie about it! It’s about getting the word out. It’s about participating, being involved and the Power to the People project is about collaborating, creating and having fun with people all over the world, just like we are with hooping!”
And others around the world are already getting involved as well.[Yasmin is half French & half Brazilian and lives in London, England, UK, singing with her father Jerome.] [The Paraguay Recycled Orchestra make beautiful music from recycled materials.] [Simran & Virpal perform their version using the Tabla and Santoor on their farm surrounded by their beloved goats.] [Vocals in Turkish by Turkish/English rapper AK09, and singer Seda Demir with Italian guitarist Andrea Terrano.] [The Gospel Essence Choir perform their submission in a rehearsal hall in East London, England, UK.]
The People Got The Power project is looking for musicians and artist to perform different versions of the song and send them in. They’ve split the song into 4 stems/elements – The Vocal, the Chorus, the Drums/Bass and the Music, inviting the world to perform just one or all. The only stipulation is you record your version at 120bpm and that it is the same duration as the template track. Why? Basement Jaxx says, “Once we have enough versions, that’s when the fun really starts, as people at home will be able to chose individual elements and create their own truly unique mixes. They’ll be able to bring vocals from one country together with music from another and visuals from even further away.”
That’s where visuals come in too. They say, “They’re a huge part of this project and we’re looking for you guys to take the music and film yourselves bringing life to the spirit of the song. It doesn’t have to be filmed on professional equipment, it could even be filmed on a camera phone. The key is that you enjoy the process of making/performing/creating and you share it with us.” So hoop, sing, dance, create and spread the word and spread the love, because when the people come together we have the power to do anything (on Facebook, Twitter, Website).
Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.