Support Yousef Kekhia to Produce Monologue

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Support Yousef to bring his debut album "Monologue" to the world. Support independent Arabic music to keep it alive.
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(Arabic Below)

Who am I? Why are we here?

Salam to all you beautiful music believers !

I’m Yousef Kekhia, a Singer/Songwriter from Aleppo, Syria. At the moment working on my debut album “Monologue” and that’s where I need your help !



Yousef Kekhia (obviously me) is a project I started a couple of years ago after recording the project „Away from Home“ (2015) with my friend Bisher Hafez just for fun, without realising that this project could be the shift in my life towards something so intense: Music has become the most important part of my life and I’m working on it every day.

Since then, I have gone through many ups and downs, fasts and forwards, sometimes things seemed very clear and sometimes I just needed to clean my glasses, even changing them more often. But one thing that was always very certain for me was the birth of “Monologue” and its development.

I started writing songs mainly on occasions where I was nearly paralysed, whether it being physically or mentally. But it was songwriting that helped me to get through those situations. Writing these songs, watering them all the time, sharing them with people and be open about other people’s input so they blossom – that’s what gave me strength and motivation to carry on. 

So I played these songs often with many friends and in jam sessions with musicians I had never met, or often alone, before I finally decided that the songs and me are ready to be worked on in the studio and to start recording them.




What the heck is “Monologue”? Why Zoomaal?


So “Monologue” is an album that reflects my personal journey, which is at the same time universal. It’s a journey so many people live through somehow similar – recently or even in this moment. Being personally affected, I reflect the concept of borders and question nationalities to illustrate how one’s birthplace can ridiculously determine where we may go and where we cannot – on an earth that’s supposed to be for everyone. Winning my battle with cancer while being forced to give up my home because of a battle no one can win shows how life can take me into dark places, and into the light again.

At the moment I’m in the middle of the process working on the songs, and I’m so happy with how the production is going, but I need your help to keep going.



I was very hesitant to do a crowd-funding campaign to be honest, and often I feel insecure about how successful this can be, but every conversation I had after playing a concert and every emotional motivational message I would receive after playing in the street has pushed me further to try and ask for help from the people that believe in me and my music.



As you all know, in the Arabic region, until this moment, independent music is not enough supported, and most often it’s not taken seriously, and that’s something I have always fought against.

That’s why I decided to do my crowd-funding campaign and work with Zoomaal, a platform that understands these struggles in our region, and whom as well are supporting causes and projects that are very needed in our region.


What we need and why?

Therefore the goal is divided into two milestones:


1- Milestone one: (6000 $)

After this milestone is reached we will be able to pay expenses of finishing the songs and producing them (professional recording, mixing and mastering) and will allow me to release on a small independent scale (also paying and preparing vinyl and CD copies).


2- Milestone two: (10,000 $)

With reaching this milestone we will be able to produce a professional video clip.

It will give me the ability to work with professional musicians and artists and will let me pay everyone, who is involved in the project.

Lastly, it will help me pay and prepare to release on a bigger level, but still independent.

 


I’m so lucky to have already worked with people that just believed in the project knowing I had zero money, and just wanting to create art together without any commercial thoughts.

We were successful to finish one video clip with the help of two great and talented dancers, Victor Ramón Stoljarow and Melisa Palacio López, and to shoot the videos for this crowd-funding campaign with as little as possible thanks to our friends and talented camera men Dominic Klappert and Barkin Ergün.



On the other hand, I’m still working with graphic designer Magdalena Czechowska on our visual design concepts, and even being only at the beginning we are so happy with the results we have so far.




All of these people are working with me for free right now, but their work is worth so much. With your help I would love to continue to work with them and be able to pay them in the future to create more awesome art with them.


Finally ! :)


Your help would mean a lot to me, and to to everyone who is always struggling to do her/his art in this crazy capitalist world, where more money is being put in creating weapons than in creating art and music. In this world, in which we all struggle to live doing what we love, because of a society and a system that values us based on how much money we earn.

We have succeeded before helping artists realising their dreams, and giving them the ability to stay independent, and finish their projects. We enabled artists to transfer their projects into records we still listen to until this day with so many memories.

Help me also create this record and share it with you. 

Help me to keep up the fight to make our art and music heard. In these songs there are stories, our stories, our laughs, cries and hopes. They are not just songs to me, they are stories, help them reach the world. Let them be heard.


Other ways to help:


Please note that you can donate with any amount you want, even if it doesn’t exist in the rewards. And if you don’t have the ability to donate with money, you can always help by sharing this campaign to all your friends and family and anyone you know. You can’t imagine how one share can already make a difference for me.

You can also listen to my first own song „Hal Ard Lamin?“ and share it with your friends.

You can also help by liking and sharing all of my social channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yousefkekhia/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yousefkekhia/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/yousef-kekhia

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/YousefKekhia


Thanks for reading this, thanks for supporting me and big love to you all. <3


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من أنا؟ لماذا نحن هنا؟


سلام على محبي الموسيقى الجميلين !

أنا يوسف كيخيا، موسيقي مستقل من سوريا/حلب. في الوقت الحالي أعمل على انتاج ألبومي الأول "مونولوج" و بحاجة إلى مساعدتكم !



يوسف كيخيا هو مشروع موسيقي بدأته منذ بضع سنوات بعد انتاج البوم (Away From Home 2015) مع صديقي بشر حافظ من دون أن أتوقع أن هذا العمل سوف يكون سبب في بداية شيء مهم في حياتي.


منذ ذلك الوقت مررت في كثير من التقلبات، في بعض الاحيان كانت الرؤية واضحة وفي بعض اخر اضطرت الى تنظيف نظاراتي، او حتى تغيرهم. ولكن شيئ وحيد كان واضحاً جداً و هو ولادة "مونولوج" و مراحل تطوره.


بدأت في كتابة الاغاني في اوقات كنت فيها غالباً عاجزاً، سواء جسدياً او نفسياً. ولكن رحلة كتابتهم، والعناية بهم، مشاركتهم مع الاصدقاء و الانفتاح لاضافاتاهم كان سبب بتخطي هذه الأوقات، و الرغبة في صنع فن يعبر عني و عن رحلتي.

فلقد عزفت هذه الاغاني مراراً مع اصدقاء و عازفين لم اكن اعرفهم، حتى قررت ان هذه الاغاني اصبحت جاهزة للانتقال الى الاستوديو و البدء في تسجيلهم. و أخيراً...



ماذا هو "مونولوج"؟ لماذا زومال؟


مونولوج هو حديثي مع نفسي الذي يعكس رحلتي الشخصية، في الوقت نفسه قد تكون رحلة العديد من الأشخاص، ومن خلاله أحاول مشاركة منظوري الخاص

 لرؤية هذه الأحداث بطريقة أخرى، وفي الوقت نفسه الدفاع والحديث عن أمور مهمة جداً في مجتمعاتنا الغربية والشرقية خاصة بزمن الهجرة، اللجوء، الجنس،

 الحرية والصراعات النفسية.

كشخص متأثر شخصياَ من موضوع اللجوء، أتكلم في مونولوج عن موضوع الحدود والقوميات، لأحاول رسم صورة كم هو حزين أن سهولة حركة أشخاص يتحدد

 بمكان ولادتهم وجنسيتهم في هذه الأرض التي من المفترض أن تكون للجميع.

مونولوج يعبر أيضا عن صراعي مع الأمل، الحب ومع السعادة، هذه المعاناة المتكررة الا منتهية هي اسما مراحل الصراعات الشخصية التي أريد مشاركتها مع العالم. 


في الوقت الحالي انا في منتصف العمل على الاغاني و انا سعيد جدا بمسير انتاج المشروع و لكنني بحاجة الى مساعدتكم للاستمرار فيه.



كنت متردد للقيام بهذه الحملة بكل صراحة، و غالباً ما شعرت بالخوف من عدم نجاح هذه الحملة، و لكن كل نقاش اجريته بعد كل حفلة و كل رسالة محفزة تلقيتها

 بعد العزف في الشارع دفعوني أكثر للمحاولة و طلب المساعدة من الاشخاص الذين يؤمنين بي و بموسيقتي.


كما تعلمون جميعاً، في الوطن العربي و لهذه اللحظة الدعم للموسيقى المستقلة غير كافي وفي الغالب لا يؤخذ بجدية، و هذا شيء حاربت ضده دائماً.

لهذا قررت بانشاء هذه الحملة و العمل مع زومال، المنصة التي تتفهم هذه الصعوبات بمنطقتنا و التي تدعم مشاريع نحن بأمس الحاجة اليها.


ماذا نحتاج؟ و لماذا؟

هدف المشروع مقسم على مرحلتين:


١- الهدف الاول: (٦٠٠٠ $)

بعد الوصول لهذا الهدف، سنتمكن من دفع تكاليف انهاء الاغاني و انتاجهم (تسجيل، ميكسينغ، ماسترينغ) و سيمكنني من طرح الالبوم على نطاق صغير مستقل

 (بالاضافة لدفع تكاليف نسخ ال CD و ال Vinyl).


٢-الهدف الثاني: (١٠،٠٠٠ $)

بعد الوصول لهذا الهدف سنتمكن من انتاج فيديو كليب محترف.

و سيمكنني ايضاً من العمل مع موسيقيين وفنانين محترفين و من القدرة على دفع مستحقات كل من يعمل على هذا العمل.

وفي النهاية الدعم سيمكنني من التحضير و الطرح على نطاق أوسع، أيضاً مستقل.


انني محظوظ جداً للعمل مع اشخاص قد آمنوا بالمشروع من دون مقابل، فقط ارادوا انتاج فن غير تجاري.

ونجحنا بانتاج فيديو بمساعدة اثنين من اكثر الراقصين موهبة و جمالاً (Victor Ramón Stoljarow و Melisa Palacio López) و بتصوير فيديو الحملة باقل تكلفة ممكنة بفضل اصدقائي المصورين الموهوبين (Domonic Klappert و Barkin Ergün).




و بالمقابل أنا أتعاون مع مصممة الغرافيك Magdalena Czechowska على افكار التصاميم البصرية، و على الرغم اننا ما زلنا في البداية، الا اننا سعيدين جداً بالنتائج الحالية.



جميع الذين يساعدون على انتاج هذا العمل يعملون من دون اي مقابل حالياً و لكن عملهم مقدر جداً. بمساعدتكم ساستطيع مواصلة العمل معهم و المقدرة على دفع

 مستحقاتهم من اجل خلق فن جميل مرة اخرى.


اخيراً :)

مساعدتكم سوف تعني الكثير لي و لكل من يعاني من انتاج فنه/فنها في هذا العالم الرأسمالي المجنون، في عالم يتم فيه صناعة اسلحة اكثر من صناعة فن و موسيقى. وفي هذا الوقت الذي من الصعب العيش فيه عن طريق

 العمل بما نحب، بسبب مجتمع و نظام يقيمنا على حسب مدخولنا المادي، او حسب مدى علو المهنة المصنفة مسبقاً من المجتمع نفسه على انها واحدة من المهن

 التي "تليق" بالانسان.


لقد نجحنا سابقاً بمساعدة فنانين بتحقيق احلامهم و اعطائهم الفرصة لكي يبقوا مستقلين و ينتجو مشاريعهم. ولقد الهمنا موسيقيين لتحويل مشاريعم الى موسيقى

 نسمعها الى اليوم، خلقت فينا ذكريات كثيرة لا زلنا نفكر بها.

ساعدوني ايضاً لتحقيق هذا الالبوم و مشاركتكم به.

ساعدوني لجعل فننا و موسيقتنا مسموعة. في هذه الاغاني قصص، قصصنا نحن، ضحكاتنا، جنوننا، و أملنا. هم ليسوا فقط اغاني لي،

 هم قصص، ساعدوهم للوصول الى الجميع.


طرق اخرى للمساعدة:


يمكنكم التبرع باي مبلغ تريدون حتى لو لم يكن موجود ضمن الجوائز المحددة. و اذا لم يكن بمقدوركم على التبرع بمبلغ مادي، يمكنكم دائماً المساعدة بنشر

 هذه الحملة مع اصدقائكم و عائلتكم و كل من تعرفوه.

يمكنكم ايضا السماع لاغنيتي الأولى "هالأرض لمين؟" و نشرها على شبكات التواصل.

لمتابعتي على شبكات التواصل:


فايسبوك: https://www.facebook.com/yousefkekhia/

انستغرام: https://www.instagram.com/yousefkekhia/

الساوند كلاود: https://soundcloud.com/yousef-kekhia

يوتيوب: https://www.youtube.com/c/YousefKekhia


شكراً للقراءة و لدعمكم لي و للمشروع...


مع حبي... <3 








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  08 Dec,2018


Million thanks for everyone who contributed, shared or just took a moment to read about this campaign.

We have 4 days to go, and because of your help we reached 84% from the main goal and only very little far from achieving it. Help me spread the word in the last 4 days to be able to achieve it :)

I released a couple of small songs in a series called "Prologue Sessions" and they are songs that i wrote in the process of writing "Monologue" but they will not make it to the album. Here is a playlist that includes all of them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GanppXUMqX4&index=2&list=PLG2XXPkJ1MtcgLIB4xfHY16deGF3nccR6&t=0s

So much love to everyone, and wish you warm cosy weekend <3

Yousef Kekhia


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Aleppo (Halab), Syria
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Yousef Kekhia is a Singer-Songwriter from Aleppo, now based in Berlin. Since he left Syria due to the civil war in 2013, graduated from university in Istanbul and finally settled in Germany in 2016. By combining contemporary Folk and Electronic…

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