Real World: San Diego's Alex Govere treats us to an acoustic set every now and then on the show (they're always SOOOO good!) We were already fans after hearing about the Kijana Project, an organization she founded at age 15 that helps children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS. But HOLD UP! Her passion for music and activism aren't stopping there...
Alex has launched a new video series and blog, Sounds From The Streets, featuring street musicians looking for a bit of inspiration--much like that which she finds in these same artists. As a girl who was raised in a village with no electricity or running water, Alex relates to their struggle. She posted on her blog:
"The people I look up to are often looked down upon by society…if they’re even looked at at all. Street musicians: those homeless or close to it who are humble and persistent enough to play outside of grocery stores, inside of train stations, anywhere and everywhere at all hours of the day and night. People who, in spite of the hardships they face on a regular basis, remain tenacious, grateful, and optimistic about their futures. This blog is about those people."
Alex's first featured artist is Tonika, a homeless young woman who she ran into outside her local Trader Joe's trying to fundraise to pay for music school tuition:
Be sure to bookmark Sounds From The Streets to discover more music from homeless and street artists. For those (like us) who are left wanting more from Alex herself, she posts full-length tracks (and episode summaries in song!) on her YouTube channel. Among them, "Hey Millionaire," a song on economic disparities in her home country of Zimbabwe, and "Smile," inspired by a homeless man she met who encouraged her to smile, are faves.
To support Tonika, send words of encouragement in the comment section of Alex's new blog by taking action below!