There are many ways down at heel musicians raise money to produce CDs.
Some sell t-shirts, others play more gigs, and then there’s always the grant route.
But Canberra’s gift to hip hop, Omar Musa is more direct. He just wants you to give him money.
In October, 2010, Mighty Joe and I completed a hugely successful Indonesian tour and decided to form an international hip-hop duo named MoneyKat. We have been sporadic collaborators since we met at university in Santa Cruz, California, and this tour confirmed to us that we have a special musical partnership. We have very different styles, accents and tones but are focused on bringing soulful, personal, socially conscious and poetic hip-hop to ears and minds. If you look at the footage of our tour below, I am sure you will agree.
As you might also know, life can be tough for independent musicians, especially in terms of creating world class product on a small budget. We are determined to record an album in California and Seattle, USA, and thought this online fundraiser would be an organic way of helping fund the album (studio time, hiring musicians, production, mastering etc). Whether you contribute $1 or $1000 (!), every little bit is appreciated. We truly believe that we have something special here and with your help will be able to create an amazing and unique album.
Help us fuel the fire! Much love,
To be fair there are some pretty cool rewards there if one donates sizable sums.