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Monday, September 16, 2013
Forty artists and 18 songs to help finance a home construction project for 2010 earthquake victims from Haiti

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Nick & Friends. Nick and his forty friends from around the world write songs with appealing rhythms, but meaningful and appealing lyrics as well. “You changed me when you came into my life, I only want to love you; you are my new beginning.”

New Beginning is the title of the CD and of the song by the same name that mixes soft melodies and rap written by Canadian, Nick Cianfarani. The idea began because, for Nick, music, friendship and relationships are a means of solidarity. The 2010 earthquake inHaiti was the reason for the CD. Hundreds of thousands died and millions were left homeless. It was a catastrophic event that only worsened the situation of one of the poorest countries in the world, where half of the people live on less than one dollar a day.

“I’m not rich,” says Nick “and I don’t have any financial resources, but I know how to play and write songs, and I belonged to Gen Rosso Band for three years. Why not involve some of the musicians I’ve known over the years, I thought.” Nick & Friends compose their songs for free, and all of the profits are put into a project promoted by the Focolare to build public housing inHaiti.

Already in 2009 some friends of the Focolare recived some land and began to collect funds. The earthquake made the project take off and thanks to the support of Action for a United World they were able to build 20 studio homes, a community centre, a kitchen and a small storage building. Some of the earthquake victims have found a home and today 17 extremely poor families live in the studio homes. 175 children are supported through a support-from-a-distance programme of the Movement, as well as three schools, and one kindergarten, totaling some 1000 children. It has contributed to helpingHaiti on its feet again.

Continua la raccolta fondi, anche attraverso la vendita di A new Beginning, perché è in progetto la riforestazione di un’area con piante di mango, aranci, limoni e ananas che darà possibilità di impiego a molti lavoratori. “As soon as I mentioned the idea,” Nice recounts, “everyone was in agreement: Giovanni from Italy, Maria and Brian from New York, Renan from Brazil, the Chinese Leonard, Jane, Adrian and Eva who are now Canadian citizens and belong to the quartet. The last song on the CD, Risalet Salan, is sung in Arabic by four musicians from the Jeel Band inJordan: Yousef, Lith, Anwar and Amer who have become quite popular. Their video clip won a national award for the best song promoting peace.

Link video Gen Rosso Haiti

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nick.cianfarani @ focolare.org

Source: Città Nuova online

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