Linata tries to carry again the tears, figuring out she has to take the stage quickly. She stays robust even because the panic creeps in — she is aware of it’s nothing in comparison with the horrors her members of the family again residence in Ukraine are going through.
“I’m experiencing this right here in L.A. being kind of secure,” she mentioned. “It simply kills me.”
The singer/songwriter says that by no means in her lifetime did she anticipate to see her nation bombarded with ammunition or crushed by tanks. She has been in fixed contact together with her aged dad and mom in Kyiv, hanging on the telephone as they’re awoken by 2 a.m. air raid sirens, clinging to the sound of their voices as they take shelter within the kitchen or lavatory of their house on the fifteenth ground of a residential constructing. However the warfare has taken its toll on the nation’s communication infrastructure, and Linata fears her dad and mom will quickly be out of attain.
Three days in the past, Linata and her mates on the Affect the World nonprofit determined that they had to assist, one way or the other, someway. They got here up with the thought of internet hosting a profit live performance, and 72 hours later, they have been producing a sold-out present contained in the Pendry Lodge that raised roughly $10,000 in support to Ukrainian refugees. The proceeds might be used to instantly buy what the individuals of Ukraine are most in want of, mentioned Joe Adams, Affect the World board member and spokesman.
“Keep in mind, these individuals left with solely the garments on their backs,” he mentioned, “So these are individuals who left with out gasoline, toothbrushes, sanitary provides for ladies, diapers and formulation for infants.”
The profit live performance proved to be the proper match for Affect the World, which was based by occasion promoters and social media influencers Murray Swanbee and Corey Lee within the wake of the COVID pandemic.
“Murray and I’ve been desirous to do one thing constructive with our platform for a very very long time,” Lee mentioned, “as a result of we had all these followers on Fb and Instagram and we have been simply selling clothes traces and issues, and there’s simply a lot occurring on this planet proper now that breaks our coronary heart, and we actually wished to do no matter we may about it. We wished to create a platform for individuals to do one thing constructive with their voice.”
“The mission of Affect the World is to harness younger social media communities to offer again to individuals in want,” Adams mentioned. “So what we need to do is educate younger social media influencers in regards to the occasions which are happening on this planet, about individuals in want, and instantly give again to these individuals.”
Caught within the U.S. on a vacationer visa as her nation fights for its existence, Linata doesn’t know if or when she’ll ever have the ability to go residence once more. She is aware of the live performance gained’t win the warfare — however she has religion within the energy of the person to make a distinction.
Earlier than she begins her set, Linata remembers barrels her grandmother would depart exterior throughout rainstorms.
“Little by little, drop by drop, they added as much as one thing.”