It’s been disheartening to see the lack of coverage the floods in Pakistan have been getting in L.A. The relief efforts have been slow, and contributions to relief organizations have been much less than one would expect for a disaster of that magnitude. Surely the media's bias against Muslim countries doesn’t help. Add a depressed economy and other variables and most relief groups will tell you that funds are not rolling in to help the millions affected by the floods.
But how about the people that seem to champion every worldly cause? You, know, the ones that seem to Tweet or send Facebook links about global warming or “Haiti: One Year Later?" When local deejay Kutmah was deported, people came from all over the city to donate and help out, especially those not privy to immigrant rights issues. He is only one person and look at the effort that went to help him! It's amazing what people can do when focused. In Pakistan, there are 20 million people affected by the flooding. You would think there would be an uproar about the lack of aid and humanity.
How bout those artists that seem to write a song about any social issue in the media? There are no “We Are The World” style songs for Pakistan. I guess if the media isn’t covering Pakistan, then there will be no coverage for a song about Pakistan. Like the expression goes, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" So why bother writing that song, right?
When Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti occurred, there were multiple benefits. I think I played at least two for Haiti in a city that has a very small Haitian community. Retail store had big Sparkletts water bottles to put donations next to their registers and now, nothing. What gives? U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the flooding in Pakistan was “the worst disaster he had ever seen.” Still, L.A. is silent.
Well, complaining gets you nowhere, so it’s time, as they say, to “put up or shut up!” Anda is a monthly club I do with Mando Fever and fellow Amoeba employees DJ Juan Lennon and Gazoooo. Our next Anda will be on Saturday, September 4th and 100% of the door will go to an organization called LA 4 PK, who will use the money for relief efforts and for future fund raising events for Pakistan relief. And what a line-up we have for you! Not only will all the resident Anda DJ’s be there, but we will have DJ sets from Chico Sonido, Glenn Red (Afro Funke), B+ (Mochilla) and a very, very special unannounced DJ set from... All we can tell you is that he is in town this week.
On top of that, because all the deejays are severe crate diggers, this will be an all vinyl night. The computers will have the night off. A whole night of rare Cumbia, Boogaloo, Salsa, Samba, Afro-Beat, Latin Funk and many beautiful people! All this for ten bucks and you will be step one step closer to your brothers and sisters in Pakistan that need your help.
Anda! At Mal's Bar
2331 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA
10 or $7 before 10:30 with RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org
21 & older/9pm-2am
Special guest deejays Chico Sonido, Glenn Red (Afro Funke) B+(Mochilla) and very, very special guest that you don't want to miss.