Dear Friends and Loved Ones,
It was nearly 5 months ago when doctors advised me that I had stomach cancer and less than four weeks to live. They were wrong in part of their diagnosis. My doctors did not take into account the power of prayers and the power of love from the thousands of my friends, fans and family. It is because of your love, your prayers and your generosity that I am still alive today.
After nearly three months of intensive and sometimes painful treatment in Germany the cancer seems to be under control. However there remains the possibility that the cancer may return and as such I am continuing to receive treatment, both traditional and holistic - alternative here in San Francisco. If all goes well, I may spend the winter months in India to continue receiving cost effective alternative treatments while staying close to friends and families.
You all donated nearly $75,000 to fund my medical treatment. Live fundraising concerts were held to raise additional monies. In a month, with the help of my record label Six Degrees Records, we will be releasing a downloadable compilation that features original, new, never published tracks from artist friends such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Natacha Atlas, Karsh Kale, Nitin Sawhney, The Midival Punditz, Kailash Kher, Azam Ali, Simon Shaheen, Cheb Mami, Amina, Mercan Dede, Vieux Farka Toure, Transglobal Underground. All proceeds from this compilation shall be donated to fund my continued medical treatment. For those of you who would like to donate through PayPal, you may do so thru the DONATE BUTTON to the right.
I don't think I can adequately express my thanks and love to you all. I lived long enough to come back to my home and favorite city: San Francisco. I lived long enough to see the birth of my granddaughter, Rachel and with your continued love, prayers and support I will live long enough to share new music with you and to see you all on the dancefloor.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Love & Light
Cheb i Sabbah