Nimo, Empty Hands Music Tour
At the pinnacle of a dizzying career, Indo-American rapper Nimesh “Nimo” Patel was haunted by an unshakeable sense of emptiness. In his mid-twenties, he abandoned the limelight and found himself meditating in the foothills of the Himalayas. There an inner voice nudged him to radically simplify his life and find his purpose in service of others. He moved to the Gandhi Ashram in India and dedicated himself to the children in the surrounding slums.
Nimo has most recently embarked on a project to bridge selfless service, love and music through Empty Hands Music. Over the last year, Nimo has produced a new genre of hip-hop that ignites the values of kindness, gratitude, service, love, and joy.
The 2014 Empty Hands Music Tour is a 7-month pilgrimage across the US and UK to share and engage communities along the way in the themes embedded in his heart and music. The intention is not so much to perform, but rather, to plant seeds of goodness and connect hearts in the spirit of service.
With no agenda, expectation, or strings attached, the tour is a vehicle for the emergence of compassion and generosity in our own unique ways. Nimo never asks for compensation nor expects a set outcome. The Empty Hands Music Tour is a journey that weaves together pockets of people and communities across the globe to celebrate the human spirit– to inspire a renaissance of daily life through micro-moments of love, and to realize our own potential to change ourselves, and in so doing, to change the world.
GRANT AWARD DATE: June 23, 2014