The reason we created StrummerJam is to bring people together around the world to remember Joe Strummer, to keep his flame burning brightly in the minds of new and older generations and to try and make changes to the world we live in through the power of music.
We asked StrummerJam organiser Rob Keddy in Granada Nicaragua to tell us what Joe Strummer means to him and what his StrummerJam is, who it’s benefiting and why he’s participating in StrummerJam 2017.
“Everything can change. Joe Strummer and The Clash, the first time I heard them, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say their music was like an alarm.
It’s no coincidence I ended up in Nicaragua. The politics of their music, and the news of the day, set the course. Our community in Granada, Nicaragua has a direct connection to Joe Strummer, with the time he spent here in 1987 with Alex Cox during the production of the film “Walker”, and the wonderful soundtrack that he produced for the film. So we are bound, and this year, the 30th anniversary is coming together.
Our local arts/performance/school, Casa Tres Mundos, has a program called Músicia en los Barrios “…is to spark underprivileged children’s interest in music and to give them an opportunity to play.”
We were late getting into this year but, our local musicians are excited, they’ll be performing some Strummer-Jones classics, and introducing the audience to their own music too. So, we begin this year with what we hope will become an annual event, for a future with music.”
This is exactly the reason we started StrummerJam and we recommend checking out their official event StrummerJam GranadaNI and giving Rob and Música en los Barrios some proper StrummerJam love by sharing their story with your Facebook and Twitter friends.