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I write songs about inner worlds. – And perhaps the other world at times; a frequency I randomly receive if I do not try. Yet recently I am submerged by politics. Angered. Hurt. Feeling powerless. And I am not alone with this hurt. It seems to be all around me.

Like so many I do not want to be stuck with those feelings. Want to do something and connect with others who want empowerment. A new age of enlightenment? Would it be wrong to ask for it? – Most importantly; I do not want to believe that there is no hope when hope is the next best thing to freedom.

The fictional Star Trek character Captain Jean-Luc Picard once suggested, that Humans would no longer work for money in those future times. “We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.”

I remember listening to this back than, thinking ‘wow’. It stayed with me.

Somehow feels like the next level of evolution. – We already have clean technology, information and women and man power to heal poverty and to live in harmony. Yet we are controlled by outdated mechanics that destroy life boat earth and humanity. People still forced into wars that they do not want. Never ending wars! And stock market and trade speculation that only profit a tiny circle of faceless masters who play monopoly with us and with the planet. The many of us manipulated by small groups of faceless people. With them a reward system to foster greed. Dwindling handouts of status and luxury to shrinking middle classes. And the bigger part of people just breathlessly running, desperately trying to make ends meet. More and more people living in poverty, the land owned by corporations rather than nations. Corporations who pollute and destroy, who control weapon industries, justice systems and political leaders. And a realisation, that this is not ethical and that it is not working.

So what if we stopped? What if we elected ethical philosophers as leaders? What if humans no longer worked for money? What if we worked to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.”

Nina Simon once said:

“When every day is a matter of survival I don’t think you can help but be involved.

Young people, black and white, know this. That’s why they’re so involved in politics.

We will shape and mould this country, or it will not be moulded and shaped at all. 

An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times … I choose to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself.”

 

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Philosopher’s Walk

Song dedicated to a growing movement.

Inspired by Jeremy Corbyn – manifesto for UK (Labour Party)

Philosopher’s Walk (supporting Jeremy Corbyn)

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Aphrodite Schatzsucherin

Roman auf Neobooks (German Edition of Novel)

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Novel by Jose DeChamp.
Belletristic (Contemporary Literature)

Magical Realism / Urban Fantasy / Drama / Love Story

An artist hunting for treasure and running away from inner demons. A Rock’n’Roll love story. And goddess Aphrodite; spiritual guide and safeguarding archetype. A magical story leading from a forgotten island to a harsh music scene of Camden Town, London.

Synopsis (German Edition, June 2016) :

Eine Musikerin, die aufbricht um einen Schatz zu finden und zugleich auf der Flucht ist, eine Rock’n’Roll Liebesgeschichte und Göttin Aphrodite. Magisch realistische Reise von einer delphischen Insel in die gegenwärtige Musikwelt Londons – und endlich zu dem Schatz.

“Es war einmal. Vor nicht so langer Zeit. In einer Bar, auf einer vergessenen Insel im Meer traf sie ihn. Was sie für ein Wunder hielt und er – doch das mag er selber wissen lassen. Denn hier ereignete sich das, was die Suchende später meine Wiederkehr nennen sollte; die Wiederkehr der Aphrodite.”

So beschreibt Göttin Aphrodite ihren Einfluss auf Ereignisse, die eine Frau, die sich verloren hat, in ein außerordentliches Abenteuer katapultieren.

Geschichte eines uralten Gaia Wissens – das besagt, das alles Leben unserer Erde nach Wachstum strebt, nach Vollendung, der Sonne zugewandt. Auch eine Geschichte der Hoffnung das Menschen heilen können. Diese Gabe mag neben der Liebesfähigkeit einer der grössten Schätze sein, die wir besitzen. Gebrochene Lebenswege können dabei Vorzeichen auf grosse, innere Stärke geben.

 

Concept album Siddhartha distributed by TuneCore and live on iTunes.

Photo on 2013-02-14 at 14.25 #6 - Version 2Photo on 2013-01-29 at 14.37 #8Check out album Siddhartha distributed by TuneCore and live on iTunes.

VenusTRIBES are a strange and beautiful fruit in the midst of cinematic music; founded by Jose DeChamp, songwriter and sound maker based in Camden Town, London, UK.

Concept album ‘Siddhartha’ (2011) was inspired by Hermann Hesse’s mystical novel, describing a traveller’s inner journey. Siddhartha Song “Red Gaia” became a finalist in the Eco Arts Awards 2013.
Album ‘7 Colours’ (2013) is an alternative album with an edge of psychedelia and orchestral, cinematic arrangements.

Jose DeChamp on album ‘Siddhartha’.: “Human beings as part of an amazing Gaia System – some call it earth-system. Perhaps this has been largely forgotten in the West – Western culture disconnected for some time now. I am just as disconnected as most people around me. And just as helpless. But sometimes I can hear a faint calling so I keep on walking towards it.
Whilst writing album ‘Siddhartha’ Chief Raoni’s cry seemed to enter the music. – And voices of those who remember All-connectedness.”

Long album version of RED GAIA via soundcloud:

Siddhartha is dedicated to the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. To the Kogi Mamas of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – Gonavindua Tairona Elder Brothers and Guardians of Water. To Chief Raoni, Chief of the Xingu Indigenous Lands of Brazil.
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Siddhartha-Song “Red Gaia” was a finalist in the Eco Arts Awards 2013.

Little Hands – Movie by Mher Hovvyan with original Venustribes Music

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“Mher Hovvyan’s images express what words can’t say. And our music gave a voice to those who very often are not seen or heard. We wrote the song for survivors of child abuse; emotional, sexual, physical. Mher made his film for humanity.
Where do the two messages meet? Children are the warriors and peacekeepers, the victors, victims and survivors. The followers, leaders, lovers, husbands, wives, parents of tomorrow.
See more at:
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LOBSANG’S PRAYER TO BUDDHA (Album ‘7 Colours’)

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This ballad is a letter.
Song and clip where inspired by Nigel Morris’ article “Missing: Monks who defied Beijing”, The Independent, UK, 25th of March 2008. Tibetan Monk Lobsang and 14 fellow monks were arrested in 2008. Lobsang was 15 years of age. This letter is for Lobsang.

“Human spirit is a flower striving towards sunlight even under harshest conditions … people who truly understand the meaning of the butterfly will understand.” Jose DeChamp

Piano by Willie Wilkec

Siddhartha River Gospel

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“When The Earth is sick, the animals will begin to dissapear. When that happens, the Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them.”
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‘Siddhartha’ was not planed to have a message as such. Venustribes are not political activists, just an art project aiming to be mindful. As for connectedness and spirituality  … being musicians brought up within Western culture we know that we do not know.
Yet ‘Siddhartha’ somehow tuned into voices of Gaia – cries for change and a return to Earth Consciousness. Chief Raoni’s cry went into this music, as did the cries of others who still remember – who are still in tune. We just listened as best as we could.

RED GAIA (Gaia Ab Aeterno / Siddhartha Album)

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“Human beings as part of an amazingly beautiful all-one Gaia System or earth-system … Western culture has disconnected somehow. I am just as disconnected as most people around me. And just as helpless. But sometimes I can hear a faint calling so I keep on walking towards it.
Song ‘Red Gaia’ is an apocalyptic manifestation of this state of mind ……. Whilst writing album ‘Siddhartha’ Chief Raoni’s cry went into this music; as did the cries of many from the abundant tribes of Gaia who Remember.”

Siddhartha is dedicated to the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. To the Kogi Mamas of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – Gonavindua Tairona Elder Brothers and Guardians of Water. To Chief Raoni, Chief of the Xingu Indigenous Lands of Brazil.