My family, Musicians without Borders, had brought me there so I bring music to the people. But what I found was more music than I could ever grasp. The music of tradition, of change, of reconciliation, of rebuilding, of life. I am forever grateful for this opportunity.
I have seen the power of music with my own eyes. With Iraqi children who had lost everything. With Ugandan youth who had been forced to carry guns. With Rwandan women who had been the victims of dreadful deeds. With young Palestinians and Israelis who found each other with a simple song. With my own brother who had lost hope many times.
I’m going back to Rwanda in one month, to offer my simple perspective of the healing power of music. To be inspired by brave children and youth who fight the stigma of HIV on a daily basis. Mostly, I’m going back to meet my friends again.
Rwanda Youth Music is a music program. It’s hope, and it’s passion, and love:
Be part of it: http://www.indiegogo.com/RwandaYouthMusic2