On September 28, Tina Turner together with Regula Curti and Dechen Shak-Dagsay and a group of 30 children presented their new spirtual album Children Beyond in Zurich, Switzerland. The Tina Turner Blog was very happy and proud to have been invited to this event. Below you will find a report of the press conference with many photos. As we have a lot of material, it is impossible for us to upload it all at once, so please check back for more photos and videos in the next few days! All credits for these photos to Lars!
The event, held at the Kaufsleuten restaurant and club in central Zurich, started at 3 PM with the screening of the Children Beyond movie, directed by Xaver Walser. In this 20-minute movie, narrated beautifully by Tina Turner, the message behind the Beyond and Children Beyond project is explained. All the religions at the world at the core have the same message: to love one another. Why then, do we keep focusing on the differences between religions instead of on their commonalities? The message is clear: Beyond means tolerance, unity and most of all love. The film showed this through interviews with the three singers, footage of the children and images from around the world, all of this set to the powerful soundtrack of Children Beyond. Apparently, the movie will be released later on dvd, maybe as a bonus disc to the Children Beyond album.
After the movie, Tina, Regula and Dechen took the stage for a short question and answer session with the interviewer of the afternoon. Tina looked beautiful, with long, curly hair in a ponytail, a silver/golden top, black pants and beautiful high heels. Tina looked a bit tense at this moment, not really comfortable on stage. It was explained that the goal of Beyond is to set in motion a new way of thinking, teaching tolerance to everybody. Tina explained that because the music is so modern, even people who are not religious per se, will take over the message through the music.
After this, a new addition to the Beyond project was introduced, the website Beyond Universe, on which users can create their own ‘mantras’ using the words and the music of Beyond. It looks promising!
Then, it was time for a performance of the three ladies with the group of thirty children. The performance was lip-synched, which showed that Tina hadn’t exactly memorized all the lyrics yet! But, the music was inspiring and it was a nice image to see Tina, Regula and Dechen with the big group of children.
Finally, the press had the chance to ask some questions. During this part of the conference, Tina appeared to be much more at ease, and she was laughing a lot. Perhaps she was happy the performance was over. The first question came from us, and we asked how it was for Tina to sing in such a different way, in different languages and in different styles, for instance some rap. Tina answered to that , that she enjoyed it very much. Although it wasn’t her idea originally, she had a lot of fun, especially with the rap part, and she hoped that the modern sound would reach a wide and young audience.
Tina was also asked why she decided to return to her singing career for this project, to which she replied that she actually never quit, and that she will always continue to record music when something interesting comes along. For the moment, she really enjoyed this new kind of music. Also, she was asked what she remembers about singing in her childhood, she replied that she was always entertaining the people when she was young, she would for instance sing for the shopkeepers. So singing has always been a part of her life.
After the interview session, the press conference was over. During this conference we saw a very different side of Tina. She seemed completely at ease with her life at the present, and she seemed to enjoy the Children Beyond project very much. The message behind the project is beautiful, and we can’t wait to see more of this side of Tina!
Tv report about the Press Conference