The Global Mala Project, Lana'i's Aloha Festival and San Diego's Street Scene

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As I mentioned last week, I am featuring a number of events during September that are being held to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Peace. The Global Mala  Project takes its name from the sacred prayer beads used in India and Tibet as meditation guides. Spearheaded by the Yoga Teacher Shiva Rea this project will unite yoga teachers and students by crossing the borders of their yoga mats with practitioners from 30 countries around the world for a day of sacred action for peace. The organizers hope to bring together 100 million people with a variety of events and sun salutations taking place in Tel Aviv, Cape Town, London and Sydney to name a few. The epicenter will be in Los Angeles where Global Mala project will take over the Convention Centre for 14 hours on September 22nd. Powered by solar energy and the ancient spiritual technology of meditation, they will broadcast a wave of peace to the other participating organizations while raising awareness and funds for WarChild, HIV/AIDS, Children Refugees of War and Global Warming . KCRW is very pleased to be presenting the Los Angeles part of the Global Mala Project which will feature musical performances by Sheila Chandra, Jai Uttal, Cheb I Sabbah as well as  yoga activities throughout the day.

Lana’i is the sixth largest of the Hawaiian islands and in 1947 Aloha Week was established to honor the cosmopolitan heritage of Hawaii; in 1991 it was renamed Aloha Festivals as it had expanded to include hundreds of events across the archipelago. Lana’i’s Aloha Festival in September includes a parade through town and a Ho’olaule’a celebration or bloc party in Dole Park with Hawaiian music, dance food and local crafts.
This park gets it’s name from James Dole who bought the island of Lanai’ in 1922 and established the world’s largest pineapple plantation there.

And while I’m on a roll with dates and history, the San Diego Street Scene Festival goes back all the way to 1984 with performances by Los Lobos and Robert Cray. Its inception was part of the renaissance and redevelopment of the Gas Light area of San Diego. Over the years the festival has continued to grow with local restaurants offering tasty delicacies, a lively Brazil Carnival and colourful burlesque acts. This year San Diego Street Scene takes place at Coors Amphitheatre September 22nd & 23rd  and will feature a mariachi procession, vaudeville performers and an electronica stage. But if all you want to know about is who is playing – here are just a few of the names on offer
Ozomatli, Editors, The Killers, Augustana, Air, Simian Mobile Disco, Carina Round, Artic Monkeys Muse and Brett Dennen.

Here are some of the artists and bands currently on tour around the world…
The Police
Beastie Boys.
Kaiser Chiefs

That’s it for this weeks GGG. Feel free to email us information about festivals in your part of the world, the address is Otherwise check back with us next week for more information about global gigging.

The Global Gig Guide is produced  for by JC Swiatek and the theme music is composed by The Plush Interiors.