Shireen - Nevermind Cetaceans





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Published on Jun 26, 2014

SHIREEN performs the song "NEVERMIND CETACEANS" for BalconyTV Jogja.


During a visit to the local ecomarket, I was surprised by an improved concert of a girl with a beautiful voice and her ukulele. And of course I had to invite her for our project.

From her own words:
'I call the type of songs I play 'Crisis-Folk'. A combination of words made up to describe the traditional folksongs me and longtime friend and fellow musician Dorien Meijsing sang and played in our ukulele/vocal-harmony project 'çok güzel'. We used to tell people that came to listen to us play, that 'from different sorts of crises in peoples' lifes, sometimes beautiful things came to be, be it (revolutionary) change, or a great song!' After a short period in Catalunya, where I played on the streets, and in friends' livingrooms, I realized that the songs I sing are connected with my activism. The word 'crisis' nowadays is often used to describe the 'recession' or the 'banking-crisis'. Whereas my view on this is that capitalism is the crisis. Stealing resources and land from the world's unrepresented population seems to be business-as-usual, not to mention what is done to destroy many fragile eco-systems, like our oceans and ancient forests. I feel strongly committed to help ending these practices, and like many others, sometimes feel totally useless to be able to stop these things from happening. By singing and talking with people about the stuff in the songs, I feel that at least I'm combining some things I want to be doing in my lifetime. I still sing some of the old traditional songs that deal with being broke, or repressed. But I added a few activist-love songs to the crisis-folk collection, where I sing about people doing migrant solidarity actions, or about my activist heroes.' (I guess: I'm a crisis-folk singer on a mission, with a ukulele!)

Director: Adrian Siegle
Cinematography: Florian Schmaler
Sound & Mixing: Agin S. Widjanarko

Sponsors: Rumah Inspirasi Jogja, Froghouse


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