There is no doubt that the MadPea International Food Fair is going to be a culinary extravaganza not to be missed. But we aren’t just going to delight your taste buds, oh no! We have a full programme of aural delights planned, with singers, musicians and DJs lined up to entertain you each day the event is running.
More impressively, all their tips will be going to the Food Fair charity, Feed a Smile. I have spoken to some of them to find out how and why they are getting involved.
Firstly though, I spoke to Brique Topaz from the amazing Feed A Smile project who, together with MadPea Productions, is aiming to raise almost 9.9 million $L to build a kitchen for schoolchildren in Kenya. Brique told me how happy she was that so many wonderful performers had chosen to get involved. “All performers volunteer their time and talents for Feed a Smile. It is so great and I am very thankful for everyone’s support!”
Live and Learn in Kenya in a NGO based in Germany that has already improved the lives and hopes of hundreds of school children. The Feed a Smile project is funded entirely by charitable donations and ensures that nutritious warm lunches are provided for over 400 children a day.
So what’s on offer at the event? Well, running between 18th February and 4th March you can take your pick of 40+ singers, musicians and DJs from every walk of SL life bringing an array of sounds and genres to please the pickiest of palates!
Whilst the final touches to the schedule are still being made, I spoke to some of the confirmed artists, who all spoke about how excited they were to be involved.
Beth Odets is an experienced SL musician, mostly known for her collaborations – with over 160 artists since she started in 2006! She plays the violin, guitar and also sings, so I asked her what we could expect from her set at the Food Fair. “I like doing solo stuff now that I have experience, however when I started – and what I’m really talented at – is adding on to other peoples music. Well this time I’m not duetting, so you are most likely to get a variety of the different things that I do now as a solo act.”
Jeffah24 Resident also brings masses of performing experience to the event. The winner of SL’s Got Talent 2015, his singing style is mainly rock/pop, jazz, swing and Broadway classics. So what exactly are we going to hear from him at the Food Fair? “Oh, only the first song and sometimes the last song are pre-planned” he told me, “The rest of the show is based on requests from the audience and my own feeling as to how the set should flow based on audience energy”. Sounds exciting, and nerve wracking!
Despite actually being Croatian and living in Portugal, Katiaportugal Genesis sings popular song covers in perfect English (and types like that too, I was grateful to find out when I interviewed her!) as well as Spanish and Italian. Her sultry, controlled vocals cover rock ballads and show tunes which always impress the crowd. She sometimes performs with Jeffah because they live together in real life after meeting in SL (a proper love story!).
Thank you from MadPea to all of the entertainers, artists and designers who are taking part in this worth-while event!