- Posted May 30, 2012 by
Kansas City, Missouri
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Impact Your World
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From Kansas City to Congo: Extending A Hand in Unity To Build a Performing Arts Center in Congo
Here is the latest video from Jose Hendrix. Kelly Myers and Jose Hendrix work from Kansas City to Congo to write songs together. The songs begin in Kansas City. Kelly Myers then sends them to DR Congo where Jose Hendrix produces them in Africa.
Jose Hendrix and Kelly Myers are currently working on gaining funds to build a performing arts collaboration center in Congo. We have two sides to our working together; creating original world pop music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ff7fu09YIo Jose and I have now written 20 songs together from Kansas City to DR Congo. Jose produces and performs the songs using African Musicians. Some people say Jose sounds a bit like an Int’l Michael Jackson.
Our project has created a micro-economy of musicians in Kinshasa. We are proud to note that every song written from our CD Jose Hendrix Embrace The Earth has landed on Broadjam’s Latin-Rock Top 10 Chart and gaining the attention of Grammy award winning producer from Macy Gray, Darryl Swann and the media. http://www.kshb.com/dpp/about_us/community_affairs/profiles/from-kansas-city-to-the-congo
Our goal is to share the positive side of DR Congo and continuing to collaborate in unique ways across two continents to make music that we hope crosses geographical boundaries but is broadly appealing. We are focused on serving the children and expansive talented community in DR Congo. Our current project is working with the Lafayette French Immersion school here in KC where we started the song with the children here and the song was finished by kids in DR Congo. The philanthropic work is KC2Congo. One of KC2Congo's goal is to build a performing arts center in Congo that can serve as a tourist destination and a forum to continue sharing music from America with Congolese communities as well as Congolese coming to America to share with Americans.