and heal the wounds of war and conflict.
The carpenter who makes the cajons talks to my friend in kinyarwanda, telling her he simply doesn’t know how these two boxes he’s crafted can be used as music. As I try them both out, testing the bass notes in the centre of the instruments, and the higher snare sounds at the top, he remains unmoved, his face and his mind unchanged. I beat out rhythms, but he still doesn’t see how a box can be music.
On Saturday November 23, 2013, the Mitrovica Rock School will launch a compilation CD of the songs written by students participating in the Ambassador Band Program for mixed bands in Skopje, Macedonia.
The group smiled, thanked her, and then all headed to their homes, already talking about their next meeting. In the days to come, they will sing again for the women in the camps, in Potocari, in Srebrenica and, maybe, make their lives brighter and richer, by sharing with them the gift of music through their singing.