President Obama wants the internet for everyone Meet singer Devi from Argentina and how Facebook connected her

“I will set big goals for this country as president – some so large that the technology to reach them does not yet exist.””I will recruit new teachers and make new investments in rural schools, we’ll connect all of America to 21st century technology and telecommunications.” – Obama

President Obama has said it over and over, at SXSW, in Cuba to the youth and again in Argentina. We must get everyone into the digital space, not just the schools, but homes, so people can be connected to information, communication, and thus with the power of the internet have a voice, be able to create, grow their business.

How powerful can social media be? powerful,  allowing a singer in Argentina ‘Oceans Away’ to connect to a record producer in Canada and that is what this story is about set against the backdrop of the Obama’s visit to Argentina the first by a President of the United States in twenty years .

My friend Tim Thorney  is one very talented singer, songwriter and record producer and some time ago he introduced me to a singer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Devi . Tim would describe her music as Indian fusion.

As I had been in Cuba covering the historic visit by Obama, I tagged along for the next historic event (why sit on the sidelines), the first by Obama to Argentina.  I reached out to Devi, and she told me she was in Argentina. I asked Devi what role did the internet play in meeting and working with Tim, she told me, a big part.

Let me have Devi tell you in her words the role of the internet and while oceans away internet brings you closer and in this case helped create music.

“We connected through Facebook in 2009 and talked for about a year. Then I traveled to Los Angeles for my holidays and he happened to be there at Alanis’ (Alanis Morissette) place. So we met.  After two or three months I traveled to Toronto to work with him at his studio for his record Villa Freud and as we were finishing the project we wrote two songs and I sang them. We were very happy with the result so after a year I traveled again to Toronto to do ten more songs, that became ‘A Moment of Clarity‘.

‘Oceans Away’ by Devi, seemed just perfect to set the mood of this short visit by the Obama’s to her country.  As Obama said the internet allows us to get closer to each other. This is bit Indian music, voice of Argentina and recorded in Canada with a Canadian.  Follow Devi on Twitter .

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First Lady Michelle Obama ” You gotta love people … No I am not gonna run for President” SXSW

Wanna hear Michelle Obama sing? Check it out, lady can sing

The first lady made her debut at the Austin showcase of buzzworthy bands and technology on Wednesday, sitting with Grammy winners Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott to talk about girls’ education and empowerment.

Mrs. Obama says she’ll most miss interacting with people as first lady — but says she has no presidential aspirations of her own.

“No, no. Not going to do it,” she told the packed convention center crowd in liberal Austin.
She mentioned her teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha, as two of the main reasons.

“The daughters of a president. Just think about it. Come on, young people. Not so easy,” Mrs. Obama said. “They’ve handled it with grace and with poise, but enough. Enough.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama Comes To Speak at SXSW and Canadian Singer Alessia Cara Got A Message for the 62 Million Girls

It’s SXSW Music starting today and tomorrow we have a keynote from First Lady Michelle Obama, and she is joined on the panel by Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Diane Warren, Grammy winner Missy Elliott, Grammy winner Queen Latifah, and actress and activist Sophia Bush for a discussion about finding one’s passion and acting on it. Live Streaming.

How could I not represent and share with all those at SXSW Music, and the world talent from my hometown Toronto.  So to the 62 million girls, who have dreams and hopes, let me introduce you to Alessia Cara. Now according to Spotify the most viral song of 2015 was ‘Here’, by Alessia Cara. So to everyone out there Alessia is another example of how magic can happen dreams can come true, and what you will hear Michelle Obama talk about is letting girls learn, giving them the opportunity and the tools.

Imagine you are a girl you have a song out there and then Taylor Swift calls you up and ask’s you to sing in front of fifty-five thousand people, yes unreal, but true.

So let’s give Alessia a big shout-out follow her on her social media, and let’s get all the girls into the digital world so they too can explore, learn, exchange ideas, invent, with people in some far away place.

“Alessia Cara’s new album is great, been listening to it all the time.” – James Rush British Filmmaker

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First Lady Michelle Obama At SXSW “Let Girls Learn” Live Stream Details

First Lady Michelle Obama  in her keynote appearance at South by Southwest Music on Wednesday, will be joined by special guests Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Diane Warren and actress-activist Sophia Bush. Let Girls Learn.

The event, which kicks off at 11 a.m. Central on March 16, will be available as a free live stream  LINKWe All Dream In Gold

Wednesday at 8:30am PST/10:30am CST/11:30am EST for a special live performance by Chloe x Halle, followed by the First Lady live from the Austin Convention Center at 9am PST/11am CST/12pm EST.

Next Week The First Lady and the President will visit Cuba where learning is a must for girls like this on the streets of Havana.

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First Lady Michelle Obama ‘Let Girls Learn’ SXSW and Momina Mustehsan A Great Example

“When my parents said it was okay for me to do a couple of music projects without getting too involved, and told me that I had their support and how I needed to ignore what others might say about things that I knew were right. But because there was a “can’t get too involved” clause there, they bought me my own studio equipment that I have set-up in my dorm room, so I don’t go to studios for recordings. So most of the stuff I do is over the internet…Pi Jaun was made by a dear friend, Saad Sultan, over a Skype session. I added a bridge melody and wrote some lines for the song. Farhan came on board later on … Pi Jaoun. Took me around 20 minutes to write/compose my part, and another 10-20 to record it. Literally!” – Momina Mustehsan

First Lady of The United States Michelle Obama will be the keynote speaker at SXSW music talking about her ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative.

There is perhaps no better example I can introduce you to than a Pakistani girl who has a passion for music, yet it is not her career because she choose to major in bio-medical engineering, please meet Momina Mustehsan.

“It is very cutting edge, and basically teaches you that you can control or alter almost any natural biological thing/process. And also, you walk out as a professional engineer.”

At SXSW, technology, film and music all go hand-in-hand.  As President Obama said last week that he wants to bring everyone into the digital world.  Today so many girls, boys, do not have access to the internet let alone Wifi. Momina, again set a great example when you can study and embrace your passion in her case music, and be able to compose over Skype.

“I like taking somewhat of a backseat when it comes to professional music also because our society is such … we are always looking for opportunities to pick on women in this field and even in general.”

While the YouTube video’s such as her duet with singer Farhan Saeed, Pi Jaun (note in Bollywood singers are playback singers who actually sing but are not on the screen), and her Bollywood song Awari , where some time ago.  Currently she is working on music, doing her studies in New York City, and she is looking forward to work on a future yet undisclosed Pakistani project.

It is amazing what can happen when one has opportunities, so please support the Let Girls Learn initiative and if a girl wants to be a legend, let her be one.

The First Lady will participate in a discussion with panelists Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Diane Warren, Grammy winner Missy Elliott, Grammy winner Queen Latifah, and actress and activist Sophia Bush about finding one’s passion and acting on it. MAKERS is taking action with the First Lady and Let Girls Learn for this special announcement.

Tune in here on MAKERS.com on Wednesday at 9:30am PST/10:30am CST/12:30pm EST to watch the First Lady LIVE from the Austin Convention Center.

Ek Villain Bollywood  film version of the song Awari, required the services of a female vocalist and this found its way to randomly to Momina.

“I was approached by Soch and they wanted me to feature on their track without disclosing what it was for, and then, Awari happened”.

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