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Cro – a german musician

“I can stand on the stage and then go to the supermarket. Or to the gas station. That’s awesome.”

Cro (his civil name is Carlo Waibel) is born at the 31. January 1990.

With the age of 6 years, he started to make music. His mother bought him a keyboard and he learned to play by himself. Later, he also learned to play guitar.

With 13, he recorded his first own song. 2009 he published his first mixtape “trash” under his pseudonym “Lyr1c”. His genre was a mix between Hip Hop, Rap and Pop – and this is unchanged up to now. He calls this genre “Raop”.

In 2011 he published his first mixtape under the pseudonym “Cro”. It is called “Meine Musik”.

But he is not only a musician. He is also an artist: he makes some cartoon-movies, had his own clothes label “VioVio”, designed a Mercedes-Benz CLA and has an exhibition of his paintings. He also designed his trademark: a panda mask.

This mask he wears every time when he is on stage or make a music-movie. Because of that, he could unidentified walk through the city.

He started wearing the mask because he didn`t want his boss knows that he makes music. He noticed, that his all-day-life didn`t change a lot – because only a few people know how he looks like. So he decided to wear the mask every time when he goes on TV, at stages or making music videos.

He had chosen the panda mask, just because he thought that this was the coolest one on this internet page.
Nowadays, Cro is one of the most famous musicians in Germany of these days. But he still manages to don´t show his real face.

The text was written in November 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Alina, 19 years old and since nearly 3 month a part of the Madeira Heritage Project.
I finished high school at home and looking forward to study psychology, when I am back home.
In my free time, I love it to do some sportive activities and to discover the Madeira Island with my friends.


Erasmus+ is a program of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth, and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the program acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.