- Posted June 11, 2012 by
kansas city, Missouri
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Art where you live
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Street Art From Kansas City Highlighted in Congo-American Songwriters' Music Video
Beautiful street art is highlighted here in this music video called 'Kiando' from Congolese pop singer Jose Hendrix. The video was produced by Damon Lee Patterson, a filmaker from Kansas City. Jose Hendrix and American songwriter, Kelly Myers are writers who collaborate across two continents, from Kansas City to D.R. Congo to create unique world pop music.
The two song creators met through a chance encounter on Facebook two years ago after Myers mother's passing. The pair had similar interests of working with children and creating unique music. Jose is a pop singer from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myers is a songwriter living in Kansas City. Myers writes American pop songs and sends them to D.R. Congo where they are recorded by Jose Hendrix. Hendrix was in Kansas City on tour when he shot the music video.
Their project has created a micro-economy of musicians in KInshasa, the Capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. After releasing their debut CD, Jose Hendrix - Embrace The Earth, every song written has been voted to Broadjam’s Latin-Rock Top 10 Chart. Their unique story and music has gained the attention of Grammy award winning producer of Macy Gray, Darryl Swann who produced the American version of Kiando as heard in the video.
Jose and Kelly continue to share the positive side of Congo through music and philanthropic interests they call from KC2Congo with the goal of building a performing arts center in D.R. Congo, as seen in this Channel 41 Interview/news report highlighting their school collaboration projects. http://www.kshb.com/dpp/about_us/community_affairs/profiles/from-kansas-city-to-the-congo