Fire Destroys the Heart and Soul of Music in Inhambane, Mozambique
Studio Bom Dia, a unique music studio situated in Inhambane province, Mozambique, has recorded more than 30 albums, with over 100 Mozambican singers and instrumentalists, as well as with musicians from over 20 different countries worldwide. It is founded by Roland Pickl, also a co-founder of Positivo Mozambique; an organization that spreads HIV awareness amongst youth through Music. (Since 2007 more than a thousand youths and students have recorded original songs in HIV education and mentorship workshops). It is the only music studio in the province, and only one of 3 in the country equipped for professional live band recordings.
Only by stepping foot in the studio does one understand the uniqueness of the space which serves not only as a studio but the beating heart and soul of the music community in the region. The doors are always open to local bands, traditional percussion and music groups, dancers, students and many more. Providing sound equipment for the town events, music festivals, school plays and local concerts, were just some of the ways that Stddio Bom Dia contributed to Inhambane’s grassroots artistic culture and beyond.
On the afternoon of June 14th, an electrical fire consumed the studio and has destroyed hundreds of instruments, musical and recording equipment, literature and heartbreakingly 20 years of recordings. The warm coconut parquet flooring, the colourful capulana walls, the eclectic art and woodwork; the studio space that hosted hundreds of musicians through thousands of hours of performance, rehearsing and jamming, have been reduced to black cinders. The concrete shell of the building suffered big cracks from the fire. A mammoth rebuilding effort is necessary to restore it to what it once was before.
Studio Bom Dia is fiercely loved by all and has the full support of anyone who is touched by music in Inhambane. Together with Roland and his family the surrounding community will rebuild the studio to be even better than before, so that projects can be completed, albums can be finished, and musicians can continue to record and play once again.
Areas to be financed to resume functionality:
- Re-construction of the studio building
- Interior sound design
- Musical instruments
- Studio recording equipment
- Live concert equipment
- Importation duties
We are humbly asking for financial support for reconstruction and purchasing, as well as donations of musical instruments and equipment. Please donate through this GOFUNDME campaign, or contact Roland directly by email ([email redacted]) should you like to donate an amount directly within Mozambique, or have any musical donations at hand. Please also visit the website below for further information.