Ever since I have travelled the continents as a humanitarian worker people & music raised my attention. And I am continuously moved by the way young people appreciate music in sometimes really desperate looking places.
For instance in 2003, at the border region of Ethiopia to Eritrea in the midst of a humanitarian crisis people merrily sung the catchy hits of „Teddy Afro“. They did that day & night by the way, so it was quite a challenge to find some sleep. Anyways, after a short while only, I found myself humming Teddy’s songs all along my way through the wild mountains of Northern Ethiopia.
Interestingly, Hip Hop seems to be a super powerful and omnipresent instrument that unites young people around the globe. Whereas in Myanmar, I was fascinated about how contemporary music found its way in a country disconnected from the rest of the world for centuries. Could you imagine, that someone just copies Whitney Houston’s «I will always love you» and makes it an official national hit with Burmese lyrics (without paying any royalties, of course)? And could you imagine that despite Myanmar’s authoritarian regime a punk movement spreads its message around Yangon? What a statement! I witnessed when in 2015 „Die Toten Hosen“ gave the first legal Punk concert ever in Myanmar – an real epic moment in the countries‘ history.
While in India I understood that Bollywood is a brilliant recipe to unite Hindi tradition and modern pop music. Of course, our education projects were important and the kids of the slums of Puri were certainly lucky to be able to go to school. However, I never saw their eyes sparkling as much as during that one hour of weekly dance class.
Music can make a statement, be a healer, a connector, a source of energy and joy. It has the power to inspire and bring people together and as a matter of the heart, this is what I want to portray in this blog.
Jamming at Yangon Inya Lake a little boy is wondering where the note went.
Music is a matter of the heart. This is why to me music and band experience has always been related to friendship and experiences which marked a corner stone in my heart.
It was at the age of twenty when I discovered my songwriting skills. At that time, I was lucky enough to be friend with a group of musicians who took me along their music adventure.
2003, I joined the group P-Jay as background vocalist. Still today, I am passionate about supporting lead singers with a second voice or being part of a background choir. After seven years with P-Jay I shifted from the back to the front to take the lead myself.
In 2007, I was asked by the Polish DJ duo WAWA to create lyrics for a Spanish house track. Strongly studying Flamenco dance at that time (and being in love with a Flamenco guitar player – of course 😉) the track „Sombrita“ was born. It is amazing that still today it is played in clubs around the globe.
I stayed with P-Jay until 2014 when I decided to go abroad to work as a humanitarian worker. In Myanmar, I explored a whole new world of music with creative people eager to learn and excited about the vast amount of music opportunities flooding their country.
As a matter of the heart, I remain attached to the energy shared in a band while playing live music. And my lyrics and melodies have always been and will always be expressions of my personal emotions and experience.
Ever heard about the Breakdance Project Uganda? I came across this amazing project via the documentary “BOUNCING CATS” and since then I’ve been following it on Facebook. I am deeply impressed and want to share with you “The Power of Hip Hop” and some real good music!
Listen to the groovy title song „Take A Minute“ from K’NAAN starting with the quote that „A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.“
„Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) started in February 2006 out of the belief that Hip Hop can be used as a tool to engage and empower disadvantaged youth in Kampala and other areas of Uganda. It’s mission is to engage young people in elements of the hip hop culture to build leadership skills and promote social responsibility. The Project has attracted people from every walk of life and acts as a catalyst for building mutually beneficial relationships between people of different social status across Uganda and the rest of the world. It serves to teach people breakdancing and how to pass on those skills to others, as well as promoting leadership skills, social responsibility and positive change to members and local communities. “ – www.bouncingcats.com
Die vier Bandmitglieder verbindet eine langjährige Freundschaft – sowohl musikalisch als auch privat. Als eingespieltes Team standen sie zusammen auf zahlreichen Bühnen der Schweiz, zuletzt mit der 8-köpfigen Band P-Jay. Nach zehnjährigem Bestehen, entschied sich Fabal 2014 einige Jahre im Ausland zu verbringen, weshalb sich die Band vorerst auflöste.