Reflections on the Stone Flowers Project as International Peace Day performance leaves its mark on Manchester, and Crowd Funding Campaign smashes through target
Unsafe to meet your own band in your home town? Mixed bands from divided Mitrovica, Kosovo, come together in neighboring Macedonia. Watch the video to see and hear how their first meeting in Skopje went.
This is a shared culture. It is a rhythm that has been experienced by a group of people for their whole lives. It carries the meaning of a shared identity, a shared interaction, and a shared invitation to join in and participate. It contains memories of past events, songs, ceremonies, parties, communities. Those past memories, connections and interactions may not all be happy ones, but they are shared. This shared culture has the power to connect a group of people easily and quickly.
As we closed the first week's training of Tanzania Youth Music, one of the trainees picked up my guitar and began to play and sing the refrain "Storm is over now…", with an acoustic reggae groove. The group caught the words and the feel, moving and singing along. The words shifted into "Music without Borders…", each of us...