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Release Date: X 2014
Total Time: 31:30
CD | ecopack

1.Ὕμνος εἰς τὴν Ἐλευθερίαν (Grecja / Cypr)

2. सयौं थुँगा फूलका (Nepal)

3.La Dessalinienne / La Desalinyèn (Haiti)

4.ملی سرود  /   سرود ملی  (Afganistan)

5. Yumi, Yumi, Yumi (Vanuatu)

6. Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains (Gujana) / Ὕμνος εἰς τὴν Ἐλευθερίαν (repryza)

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Anthems of countries that are not doing very well. The simplicity and the strength of this idea  is striking. Just like the ambiguity of the result. Because what is the project’s ultimate message? Guyana, Haiti, Vanuatu… - maybe it’s about the Western guilt? Or, on the contrary, Western post-colonialism? But neither Afghanistan nor Nepal, despite British efforts, have never been colonised. And Greece is the West „per se”. What about the economical interpretation, then? That sounds more like it. Especially that during the realisation of the project, Greek economical crisis was much more of a topic than it is now. But on the other hand, what if I tell you that Guyana has lower unemployment and higher GDP per capita rates than the average in the EU? And if - after telling you that - I tell you that it’s not true? Or if I ask you what is the capital city of Vanuatu? Let’s face it: if you’re an average citizen of the West , there is a big chance that you just don’t know and might not care…

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