Cinco de Mayo Livestream Latin Concert with Shireen Amini of ¡Chiringa! Pandemic Edition
Between my Latin band ¡Chiringa! and myself, I had to cancel three Cinco de Mayo shows this year, but I’d still like to bring the festivities to you all virtually, my band members with me in spirit from a social distance! Get your Latin dance and sing on as I perform a solo set / power hour of Latin dance covers and originals for Cinco de Mayo 2020! I'll also offer some fun song challenges for a chance to win a ¡Chiringa! album download and raise awareness both about the real context for Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. and the immigrant / undocumented folks that especially need our help right now!
This concert will be livestreamed on my music page: facebook.com/shireenaminimusic
Virtual tips / donations are greatly appreciated and can be paid via: Venmo @Shireen-Amini Paypal (please send family / friend style to avoid fees) firstname.lastname@example.org
A percentage of virtual tips will be donated to the Central OR Covid-19 Mutual Aid Relief Fund, an immediate cash relief fund, prioritizing our undocumented, BIPOC, queer, and disabled neighbors.
To add some flare, I'll be doing some fun song challenges, where you'll get a chance to win a ¡Chiringa! album download by your answers in the chat. How well do you know your Latin music?…hmm ;)
Consider supporting your local Mexican / Latino-owned restaurants who are open for business by ordering takeout! Let's make the best of this situation...con sabor!
Where's the afterparty? Haha, my dear friend Andrés Garcia aka DJ Solo is hosting a Virtual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta RIGHT AFTER from 7-9pm, where he will be streaming a melting pot selection of Latin music for your in-home dance party! FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1378281375706995/ Livestreaming here: https://www.facebook.com/latindancebend/live/
Please be mindful to not celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a manner that appropriates, mocks, or disrespects Mexican culture. Consider passing on the sombreros, party store serapes, and mustaches this year and instead celebrate more authentically with music, food, and care.
CINCO IN THE U.S.? It may be common knowledge by now, but Cinco de Mayo has become way more significant in the U.S. than it ever was in México, as it marks the Mexican Army's win over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla, with the French Army ultimately taking over Mexico City only a year later. You want to care about a holiday the Mexicans actually care about, celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 16! ANYWAY, how did Cinco become so popular in the U.S. then? You could have guessed it, booze industries! Gotta love our values, eh?
WHAT MATTERS… That being said, I'd like to take the more positive spin of honoring Mexican-American culture by sharing this passionate and celebratory music that I love so much (for some joy medicine during these times) and also raising awareness about the needs of our undocumented and marginalized citizens right now who are disproportionately affected by this pandemic. A percentage of virtual tips for this livestream will be donated to the Central OR Covid-19 Mutual Aid Relief Fund, an immediate cash relief fund, prioritizing our undocumented, BIPOC, queer, and disabled neighbors. I am SO grateful to the people and organizations who have spearheaded this fund, including Embrace Bend and Mecca Bend, doing amazing work to tend to our precious but often unseen populations.
Learn more and directly support here! https://www.gofundme.com/f/mutual-aid-fundraiser
¡Con mucho cariño! ¡Hasta pronto! ~Shireen