bluefields sound system 2Posted: January 6, 2014
The Campaign is launching a new appeal for the new year. During 2014 we are raising money for the Bluefields Sound System. We have made several visits to the BSS during our visits, the last time in February last year.
This time we had a bit of a shock, to hear ‘Croeso i Bluefields’ (‘Welcome to Bluefields) from Rocco, one of the volunteers with BSS. Rocco spent several years in South Wales at the start of the last decade. He travelled the Valleys, playing gigs and learning a smattering of Welsh!
We are raising money to help support work with young people and producing Bluefields music. There is a rich tradition of reggae music, and more recently HipHop. You can hear more on the Bluefields Sound System website here.
To give a donation, visit our fund-raising website here. For every person who gives £25, BSS will give 2 albums to download (contact us for the codes).
At the same time the Campaign is trying to make contacts between the BSS and similar projects in Wales. We have been discussing the project with a group of young people in Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog already. As a way of raising awareness, and also helping to raise money for the project, Cellb has organised a screening of the recent film Big Boys Gone Bananas (see here). There will be more details about the film and the case of Nicaraguan banana workers in another post soon. In the meantime, here’s the details of the evening:
Thursday, February 20, 7pm
Cellb, Blaenau Ffestiniog
Big Boys Gone Bananas, with an introduction by Ben Gregory