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Indie Musicians Talk About The Economic And Emotional Impact Of Coronavirus (Alt.Latino NPR)

Just about every facet of daily life has come to a complete stop. Whether through books, movies or television, the anxiety of the unknown is often soothed by the arts. And, of course, there is music, which has been a constant and important companion during the coronavirus crisis.

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Pandemic pauses genre-bending band’s tour, but amplifies message of music as a business, form of activism

In a world where empathy can be in short supply, the brothers behind Kansas City Latinx rock band Making Movies see music and songwriting as a way young people growing up in a divided country can level the playing field.

The key is exposing them to mentors who can illustrate what’s possible, said Enrique Chi, emphasizing opportunities for youth won’t wait for the end of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which stalled the Latin Grammy-nominated band’s most recent tour.

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How I Made It: Making Movies (Latino USA)

Making Movies is a band based out of Kansas City, Missouri that mixes Afro-Latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n’roll. The group members have roots in Panama and Mexico, composed by two sets of brothers, lead singer and guitarist Enrique Chi and bassist Diego, and Juan-Carlos and Andres Chaurand on percussion and drums.

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Art As Mentorship

In 2017 Art As Mentorship was created by Enrique Chi, born out of six years of collaboration between Making Movies and local non-profits Base Academy of Music and the Mattie Rhodes Center. What began as a week-long music education camp for youth in an underserved community has grown into a six-month songwriting and mentorship program called the Rebel Song Academy. Students get to record with and learn from industry professionals, like Grammy-winning producer Steve Berlin of Los Lobos who recorded the first class in 2018.