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Blazin' Hope 2 brings hip hop and random acts of kindness under one roof

by Thu-Trang Tran Friday, Jul. 04, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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Album release party and benefit concert in LA raises over ,000 for charities here and abroad.

Blazin' Hope 2 bring...
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Hip hop group Karmacy released their full-length album, “Wooden Bling,” at the Blazin’ Hope II Album Release Party and Benefit Concert June 27. Hosted by Karmacy and Be The Cause, a service-oriented Southern California nonprofit, the second annual musical showcase with a charitable twist sold out over capacity at the Hollywood Knitting Factory and surpassed event organizers’ expectations.

Sukh Chugh, founder of Be The Cause, says, “The Blazin Hope concept is a powerful one. It combines elements of fun, charity, music, art, giving and kindness all in one place.”

And what hope is there to blaze without random acts of kindness? In one instance, BTC volunteers leied entering guests with paper flower necklaces with the words “give back” to remind them to pay it forward—like life, giving is a circle. At the end of the night, guests were handed cups of cold water to hydrate, and sober up, for the ride home.

The night featured a powerhouse line-up, including Raja Kumari, Jason Joseph, Nicco, The Himalayan Project, and DJ Blaze. The first three are featured on “Wooden Bling,” the much-anticipated album and only the second dropped in Karmacy’s 10-year career. While they are masterful MCs, the members of Karmacy have day jobs and family obligations that make them that much more relatable to fans.

Like last year’s debut event, 100% of Blazin’ Hope II proceeds are going to charity. Last Friday’s revenue will be divvyed up between two organizations that serve underprivileged youth, one stateside and the other a continent away. Peace4Kids, based in South LA, helps foster kids and other at-risk youth learn life skills and creative arts such as producing and recording their own music and spoken word. (In fact, the famed Black Eyed Peas sponsored an arts educational center for this purpose.)

Itipini Community Project, a 6,000-inhabitant squatters' camp in South Africa, is the other beneficiary. In addition to running a primary health care clinic and a feeding program for children, Itipini empowers children through a pre-school and an after-school program.

Blazin’ Hope II was about more than just charity—it was also about solidarity. Peace4Kids volunteers, personnel and program participants visibly partook in the festivities and the planning process. P4K’s founder and executive director, Zaid Gayle, was Master-of-Ceremonies. Other P4K staff and volunteers assisted with promo and day-of duties. And a polished P4K hip hop dance troupe—consisting of youths from Compton and Watts—pop locked their way into everyone’s heart.

“It's not your typical fundraiser. The goal isn't just to raise money but rather to infuse all those that participate with a sense of inspiration that hopefully they will carry forward beyond the walls of the actual event,” says Chugh.

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.

Although copies of "Wooden Bling" purchased on-line started shipping in May, Karmacy deliberately waited to publicly issue the album through the Blazin' Hope medium. Like BTC, the group places much value on selfless giving.

"We want our music to be more than just entertainment. We want it to actually help people," says Shah, who is an orthopedic surgeon by day. "Be the Cause has given us the perfect opportunity to do so."

According to event chair Seema Patel, Blazin’ Hope II raised over ,000 for the designated beneficiaries. This amount is more than double last year's proceeds, which totaled 41.00 (Rs 183, 000) and which went to Yuvsatta, an NGO providing educational opportunities to young people and women living in a slum in Chandigarh, India. The money helped build a vocational training center there.

The huge success of Blazin’ Hope II seems to broker new terms for an already unique concept marrying nightlife with service to others. Will the venue be bigger next time? Will the line-up be more dazzling? Will it eventually parlay into a weekend-long festival in some oasis? Like hope, the possibilities are unrestrained.

BTC volunteers give great stock to Ghandiji’s oft-uttered quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Upon going to plan Blazin’ Hope I late last year, they questioned whether partying and service together could foster community and change.

Says Chugh, “When this idea was first conceptualized, we were of course skeptical. Could inspiration be generated even at an event where participants seemed largely concerned with having fun and enjoying their favorite drinks?”

But in retrospect, and two sold-out Blazin’ Hope concerts later, Chugh and colleagues see the combo rife with opportunities for service, inspiration and, of course, hope: “The question largely came down to whether we ourselves could see good in others irrespective of their situation or their location. … It turns out that goodness does exist everywhere, even inside concert halls and night clubs.”

For additional information, check out www.karmacy.com and www.bethecause.org. More event photos can be found on the gallery page of the latter.

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Wooden Bling album cover

by Thu-Trang Tran Friday, Jul. 04, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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Wooden Bling album c...
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The inside cover reads a note from Karmacy: "To us, Wooden Bling is the substance -- a wealth stemming from the earth, from our minds and from our hearts. It's the spiritual, the emotional, the real. ... It's what draws us to the energy of music and to the soul of humanity." (Courtesy of Karmacy)

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Diversity

by Thu-Trang Tran Friday, Jul. 04, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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Diversity...
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Blazin' Hope II draws a diverse crowd. We are all connected after all and hope knows no boundaries. (Be The Cause/Laura Ava-Tesimale)

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Girls

by Thu-Trang Tran Friday, Jul. 04, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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Girls...
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Girlfriends have a good time at Blazin' Hope II. (Be The Cause/Manishi Parikh)

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Crowd

by Thu-Trang Tran Friday, Jul. 04, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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Crowd...
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Blazin' Hope II sold out to a full house, taking in over ,000 for organizations serving underprivileged youth in South LA and in South Africa. (Be The Cause/Laura Ava-Tesimale)

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Peace4Kids rocks!

by Thu-Trang Tran Friday, Jul. 04, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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Peace4Kids rocks!...
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Peace4Kids, one of two beneficiaries of BH2 proceeds, brought a hip hop dance crew to pump up the volume. It comprises youths from Compton and Watts. (Be The Cause/Manishi Parikh)

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Raja Kumari

by Thu-Trang Tran Friday, Jul. 04, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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Raja Kumari...
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A thrice-featured vocalist on the 10-track Wooden Bling, Raja Kumari helps Karmacy bring down the house with a voice that transcends American Idol. (Be The Cause/Manishi Parikh)

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Shot-caller and deft MC

by Thu-Trang Tran Friday, Jul. 04, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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Shot-caller and deft...
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Event chair Seema Patel and Raja Kumari are all smiles at Blazin' Hope II. (Be The Cause/Manishi Parikh)

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Random Acts of Kindness

by Thu-Trang Tran Friday, Jul. 04, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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Random Acts of Kindn...
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Almost a trademark of Be The Cause events, random acts of kindness took place throughout the night. Here, volunteers hand cups of chilled water to eventgoers-turned-guests leaving the Knitting Factory. (Be The Cause/Laura Ava-Tesimale)

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Nimo & KB

by Thu-Trang Tran Friday, Jul. 04, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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Nimo & KB...
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Nimo and KB of Karmacy conference onstage, where the energy was electric. (Be The Cause/Nilesh Patel)

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BH2 Volunteer Superstars

by Thu-Trang Tran Friday, Jul. 04, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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BH2 Volunteer Supers...
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Blazin' Hope II was made possible by 65+ volunteers, without whose sweat and tears the event would've been less...hopeful. Here, they take the stage and close out the formal program. (Be The Cause/Nilesh Patel)

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