|Issue No 51||28 April 2000|
Big Drum Up for East Timor!
Following the huge success of the "Radio Free East Timor" a follow-up fundraising concert will be held at The Basement on WEDNESDAY night May 17th 2000.
The "Big Drum-up for East Timor" will raise more money for new transmitters for "Radio Voz do Esperanza" (Voice of Hope) the only East Timorese controlled radio station in that country.
The East Timorese people consider a comprehensive radio network as one of their priorities in rebuilding their country. Radio Voz do Esperanza currently broadcasts 16 hours a day, and their coverage includes news, feature stories, community service announcements, information on health and agricultural techniques, and of course music.
Almost all the CD's played by Radio Voz do Esperanza were donated after the Radio Free East Timor Concert held in April 13th [Over 1000 CD's were donated - A Big THANKYOU to all those who gave generously!]. More CD's and radio equipment, however, is needed for more stations across East Timor and also to provide a more powerful transmitter for the Dili station - its range at the moment is only about 30 kilometres. The staff at Radio Voz do Esperanza are full of passion and enthusiasm, but are all volunteers who need to eat.
The Big Rum-up for East Timor features an amazing line up of Australia's best drummers including Epizo Bangoura Mahamed Bangoura (West African Drumming) Blair Greenberg (rhythmic vocals) Quarteto Y Su Descarga (featuring Aykho and Fabian Hevia - Afro Cuban), Erik the Dog (as seen on ABC TV) Joel Salom (rhythmic juggling) Womangospeach (body percussion) and Peter Kenard (frame drumming with triggers).
All this for $12!
Old CDs can be donated on the night for the radio station or dropped into the Labor Council Union shop front at 377 Sussex Street.
The Fundraising Concert is organised by the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU) and the Labor Council of NSW.
Tickets are available NOW from Aaron Magner at the LHMU (9281 9577 or 0418 964806) Phil Davey at the CFMEU (9287 9387) or at the door on the night.
What else you can Do!
Further assistance is needed to help these community radio stations in East Timor.
· Make a tax deductible donation to APHEDA - marked East Timor Radio Project.
· Encourage your members to donate old cassette tapes or CDs. Tastes are wide - anything from Mozart to Madonna, and remember, if they haven't listened to it for a year, they will never miss it!!
· Come to the Fundraising Concert at Sydney's Harbourside Brasserie on WEDNSDAY night May 17th to raise money for new transmitters for "Radio Voz do Esperanza".
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