Harmony is a unifier

2010-09-03 08:26

Music soothes,inspires and comforts. Artists, through telling their stories in rhythm and sound, reflect our lives.

It is to them we often turn when we’re in celebratory mood or in pain.

It is in their creations we find peace or create turmoil as we navigate this current plane.
It is also in their creations we find either the things we have in common or the differences.

I recently had the opportunity to tour with a group of people from all corners of the planet: Kenya, Portugal, England, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, Taiwan, Swaziland, Belgium, Belize, St Lucia and the US, to name a few.

We spent 12 days together, with hours spent in a bus whiling away the time with music on our Dotted around the bus were iPods and mp3 players.

Some Two people sitting together shareding headphones, while exploring each other’s ­collections.

It was fascinating to listen to the conversations that sprung up from this experience.

Watching an American explaining OutKast’s Hey Ya to an ­Estonian, while discussing the merits of everything – from The Roots to Linkin Park – with a Chinese woman was surreal.

This was also an opportunity for us to explain about our homes and lives through the music from our countries.

Lesotho’s Sankomota; Ghanaians Kojo Antwi and Reggie Rockstone; and a DJ Black mixtape received good responses.

Over the years, the music that people listen to has always been great in providing some insight into their personalities.

Before the digital music era, I enjoyed going through the music collection of someone I had just met to understand them better.
And others would do the same with me.

While differences in culture and language exist, commonality of the human spirit can be found in the melodies we create.
Cheesy as it sounds, music can be a great unifier, if we are willing to experience and ­understand its diversity and uniqueness.

»Baffoe is the editor of Destiny Man

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