Ibiza might seem a 24/7 amusement park, and we often tend to forget that there is another life behind the superclubs, confetti and stellar line-ups. In this other life there are people who happen to be less fortunate than us – they are sick, poor, suffering, and they need our help and support.
The infamous Café Mambo found a cool way to combine entertainment and fundraising for the Red Cross of Ibiza and Formentera at their annual charity event Mambo In The Mix that took place for the second time ever on September 19.
According to the concept of the event, once a year DJs who have successfully forged their careers in Ibiza become waiters and bartenders – they mix cocktails, make hot dogs and spend their evening behind the counter. The booth, although, doesn’t stay empty: everyone who volunteers to make a donation gets a chance to play a track and put themselves in the shoes of the renowned Mambo DJs. Last Thursday we headed to San Antonio’s Sunset Strip to live the evening up to the motto “You mix the records, the DJs mix the drinks!”.
The event started at 7pm with the legendary Ibiza guitarist Paco Fernandez playing in front of the DJ booth, while DJ Oliver of the Face of Ibiza party was peeling potatoes in the open, dressed in foam-white chef uniform with his name embroidered on the pocket. At 7.30 Duane Harden and Vula from Basement Jaxx came out of the café holding microphones and welcomed people in to grab food and drink. To avoid stampede there was a properly organized queue, neatly separated from the strolling crowds with a red rope.
The menu of the evening included hot dogs, grilled chicken and Spanish omelet at the price of 10, 15 or 20 euros – the bigger you donate, the better. Paul Van Dyk, Guy Gerber, Darius Syrossian, Laidback Luke, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Felix Da Housecat, Miss Kittin, Cristian Varela and many other artists inspired the donations, applying their mixing skills not at tracks but at drinks.
If occasionally on a diet, you could entertain yourself by throwing a ball into a basketball ring which cost 5 euros per minute. Boxes for donations were placed around the venue for those who preferred simply to submit a bill. Douane and Vula kept enthusing, making interludes between the mini-sets of the impromptu DJs and encouraging people to make a good mix with their cash.
Red balloons blazed above the café’s roof, the crimson sun melted into the sea, and the full moon shone from the sky. Mambo In The Mix turned out to be a blast, and we do wish more fiestas of the same kind could take place around the island. Last year’s event helped raise over 31 000 euros for the Red Cross of Ibiza and Formentera, and if you missed your chance to visit Mambo In The Mix this time, you are still able to donate online:
When you benefit from the island, it’s a cool idea to give something back in exchange – especially when at a party with superpositive vibes.
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