Melia’s Papa on Work

So I was having this conversation with a new friend and she says: What do you do? I hate to ask b/c I tend not to start off inquiring about one’s job, but it seems like a passion for you as well. Here’s how I answered: I hear you about the work conversation. For me, its like the where-you-went-to-school (meaning …

Giving Thanks this Holiday Season: New Music Available feat. Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Talib Kweli and Talented Youth Selected from National Auditions (Photos)

Aaron Ableman, author of new children’s book and music, Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature, and Dave Room, co-founder of BALANCE have been hard at work in the studio with Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated artist and actor, Mos Def (also known as Yasiin Bey), popular lyricist and artist, Talib Kweli and talented youth from around the United States. …

Rap Stars Mos Def And Talib Kweli Bring Their Voices To Environmental Hip Hop Album, EP Released

Rap stars singing about butterflies and saving the environment isn’t something we hear about everyday. And that’s precisely what BALANCE, LLC had in mind when they approached rap stars Mos Def and Talib Kweli to participate in their upcoming children’s hip hop album about the environment, Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature.  The EP, which features Def, Kweli, and others, is available as a free digital download for a limited period starting today at http://www.pachaspajamas.com/music. The full album is …

National EP Launch and Positive Local Story: Pacha’s Pajamas at San Francisco Green Festival 10th Anniversary Celebration

A special Pacha’s Pajamas reading takes place at the San Fransisco Green Festival 10th Anniversary celebration this Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm. As local Oakland-based group BALANCE launches thier promotional music EP nationally with soon-to-be-announced celebrity musical artists and talented youth, co-founders Aaron Ableman and Dave Room connect positive messages through storytime in the San Francisco Green Festival Green Kids’ Zone. In a recent CNN …

BALANCE Performs on Main Stage at Los Angeles Green Festival

The live storytelling and musical youth workshop and performance led by Pacha’s Pajamas creators BALANCE and an up-and-coming local youth star takes place on the Main Stage on Sunday, October 30 at 3:45 pm after “Celebrities for Social Change in Action” with Ed Begley Jr., Rachelle Carson and Esai Morales, and before Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr. of the Hip Hop …

Hip Hop Musical with an Environmental Twist to Take the Stage at Bioneers Conference

Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature To Be Performed At Popular Environmental Event Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature, a hip-hop musical story about a little girl named Pacha who saves the environment with the help of the world’s plants and animals, will take to the stage this Sunday, October 16, in a groundbreaking Rights of Nature Youth …

Things That Worry Kids About The Environment

On September 17, 2011, BALANCE held live auditions for young singers, dancers and rappers to perform on the upcoming Pacha’s Pajamas soundtrack, and wow did we see some amazing talent! To watch the videos yourself, visit the audition playlist on our YouTube channel. While the audience oohed and ahhed over the courageous and creative performances of kids on our main …

Bay Area Talent Shows Up At The Pacha’s Pajamas Auditions

This past Saturday was an exciting day for BALANCE as we held our first live auditions for Pacha’s Pajamas. Winners will sing and rap on the first Pacha’s Pajamas soundtrack and dance in our first music video! Kids from all of the Bay Area lined up to show their talents at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland.  The excitement was palpable …