The hip hop group Karmacy joins with Southern California nonprofit Be the Cause for a benefit concert at the Hollywood Knitting Factory, where it will release its second album, "Wooden Bling," June 27. Blazin' Hope II's line-up includes special guest performers Raja Kumari, Jason Joseph, The Himalayan Project, Nicco and DJ Yashraj.
Two charities that serve underprivileged youth will receive 100% of ticket sale proceeds. Peace4Kids helps South LA foster kids and other at-risk youth learn life skills and creative arts such as producing and recording their own music and spoken word (at an arts educational center sponsored by the Black Eyed Peas). P4K youth artists will perform at Blazin' Hope II.
The second beneficiary is Itipini Community Project, a 3,000-inhabitant squatters' camp in South Africa. In addition to running a primary health care clinic and a feeding program for children, Itipini empowers children through both a pre-school and an after-school children's program.
Karmacy is dropping "Wooden Bling" in charitable fashion in large part because it infuses the party scene with a rare sense of altruism. "We want our music to be more than just entertainment. We want it to actually help people," says member Swapnil Shah, who is an orthopedic surgeon by day. "Be the Cause has given us the perfect opportunity to do so."
Karmacy is a hip hop trio, whose debut album, "The Movement," was released in 2004. Addressing the idea of cross-cultural identities that are fluid yet universally relatable, their tracks might be in any of five languages, Spanish, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati or English.
Be the Cause is an all volunteer-run nonprofit founded in early 2002 that helps manifest enriching service opportunities. Members do service to benefit the community, while improving themselves as world citizens.
EVENT: Blazin' Hope II
DATE: Friday June 27, 2008
TIME: 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
WHO: 21 and over
PLACE: Knitting Factory – Hollywood @ 7021 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90028
TICKETS: $20 presale / $25 presale with album / $25 at the door (no album)
Event info and ticket purchase at http://bethecause.org/bh/