Rise Up 2013: From Brooklyn to Ethiopia

Rise Up 2013: From Brooklyn to Ethiopia

The Del-Reys, Tomás Doncker, Kendra Morris, Wyatt Cenac, DJ Mengie

Wed, March 6, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$25.00 - $30.00

This event is 21 and over

-- all proceeds to benefit the Studio Samuel Foundation's 1Hundred Girls impact plan

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Rise Up 2013: From Brooklyn to Ethiopia
Rise Up 2013: From Brooklyn to Ethiopia
"Rise Up 2013: From Brooklyn to Ethiopia" is a fundraiser for the Studio Samuel Foundation - bringing empowerment without pity to 1Hundred Girls in Ethiopia.

A variety of local artists will gather in Brooklyn on Wednesday, March 6 for a benefit event for New York/Addis Ababa-based NGO Studio Samuel Foundation, a fair trade fashion company dedicated to providing life skills and job opportunities to young women aging out of the orphanage system in Ethiopia. Comedian Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show, King of the Hill) will host, and live performances include Brooklyn’s The Del-Reys, Tomás Doncker and Kendra Morris. All proceeds benefit the Studio Samuel Foundation “1Hundred Girls” impact plan, which aims to reach over 100 girls in the orphanage system in Ethiopia in 2013, inclusive of HIV education, mentoring, healthcare, self defense training, financial advising and career counseling, directly arming these young women with necessary tools for the next phase of their lives.

About Studio Samuel Foundation:
Studio Samuel Foundation is an NGO founded by Tamara Horton, FIT graduate and recently named Global Ambassador to Ethiopia, by Women's Campaign International. Studio Samuel Foundation launched in April 2012 with the mission of providing life skills to vulnerable young women in Ethiopia. Horton spearheads design and marketing for Studio Samuel’s fair trade fashion line out of New York City and maintains production in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, employing women who have aged out of the orphanage system and providing occupational training, medical care, financial literacy and a sense of community. Through the partnership with Studio Samuel, these women are establishing their own business. Lines adhere to the Workers First business model with focus on environmentally sustainable goods with 100% locally sourced materials. Further support on the ground in Addis Ababa comes from The LeAlem Higher Clinic, which provides full medical and dental care for the team. Studio Samuel Foundation additionally is implementing programs dedicated to empowering young women well before they age out of the orphanage system. The “1Hundred Girls” impact plan aims to reach over 100 Ethiopian girls in 2013, inclusive of HIV education, mentoring, healthcare, self defense training, financial advising and career counseling, directly arming these young women with necessary tools for the next phase of their lives.
The Del-Reys
The Del-Reys
Brought to life by childhood friends, Alba Ponce de León (Los Sospechos, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens) and Mike Deller (The Budos Band, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Menahan Street Band), The Del-Reys' ominously sweet soul hearkens back to a time when music wasn't afraid to tell it like it is. Fronted by Alba's sincere lyricism and commanding vocals, the Del-Reys are anything but saccharine. Deller's killer organ riffs anchor a nasty rhythm section (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley...Extraordinaires) capped by lusciously rich horns (The Budos Band, Charles Bradley...Extraordinaires), that together create aching melodies at once fondly reminiscent and refreshingly new.
Tomás Doncker
Tomás Doncker
Global soul collective, the Tomás Doncker Band brings a vital and vibrant passion to soul music. Combining Afro-Ethio sounds and rhythms, along with funk and R&B, mixed with positive, conscious lyricism and songwriting, the Tomás Doncker Band is a “butt-shakin’” mind-expanding force to be reckoned with. Joined by Ethiopia’s own sultry soul siren, Betty G, the Tomás Doncker Band will be debuting songs from its forthcoming album Power of the Trinity…A slight return. After sold out shows at City Winery, The Blue Note, Central Park SummerStage and BB Kings (opening for Ethiopian star Teddy Afro), there is certainly no doubt that this flavor of global soul is resonating from Brooklyn to Ethiopia.
Kendra Morris
Kendra Morris
One might never expect such a rich and mighty voice to emerge from Kendra Morris' petite frame. Her potency as a singer and performer grew from a childhood immersed in music, travelling with her family to perform gospel in the prison ministries and asylums in St. Petersburg, Florida. Kendra moved to New York City in 2003, making music inside a tiny closet with only a guitar and 8 track recorder, always keeping it simple- an aesthetic that continues to shape her sound. The southern influence of the soul and humidity in her voice adds a raw energy that one would attribute to a generation long lost to the internet and digital media.
Morris' voice is a courier to a world where oral storytelling is the only means for passing on lifes lessons, humor, and drama. After releasing two self-produced EP's she teamed up with seasoned producer Jeremy Page ( The Cars, Ed OG, That Handsome Devil) to work on her self titled EP. The collaboration has produced a collage of tracks that echo the music and experiences of her childhood. Kendra's real strength lies in combining mysticism and the strange emotions invoked by the human spirit.
Wyatt Cenac
Wyatt Cenac
Wyatt Cenac is a Brooklyn-based writer and comedian. In 2008 he joined the news team of "The Daily Show" as a correspondent and writer. Previously, Wyatt spent three seasons as a writer on FOX's animated show "King of the Hill.” In 2008, he starred in the film "Medicine for Melancholy," which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. Wyatt is a staple of the New York comedy scene and can be found performing in venues across the country.