Music to tackle shared struggles

2019-07-16 06:00
Fluen Martin, Milton Martin, Pedro Daniels, Pierre Williams and Conrad Petersen from the band, Melody Square.

Fluen Martin, Milton Martin, Pedro Daniels, Pierre Williams and Conrad Petersen from the band, Melody Square.

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Having grown close due to their shared love of music, Melody Square, a group of five men from Retreat, are using their passion to breathe life into their community.

The group, then four; Fluen Martin, Pedro Daniels, Conrad Petersen and Pierre Williams, began after the men found their own love for music in high school and began to develop their singing talents individually. They then formed the group and would practice in Melody Square – and later named the band after the park.

After going their separate ways for some time, they gravitated back to each other and started the band up again in 2016, finding their newest member, Milton Martin, early this year. “The biggest highlight to me is the fact that we are able to unite our different strengths to make our group a strong unit. During the years we were not active as a group, we all pursued our different careers and jobs. Normally this would steer people away from each other, but this is not the case for us. It is our differences that make us unique,” said Fluen.

The band has tried to keep their music relevant for their audiences, which is their community.

Pedro explains: “We would like to think our songs are songs of hope, encouragement and are relevant to the struggles and challenges we all face. Most of us face the same battles, but are too scared to open up.”

They are also eager to help their community through their brand.

“We want to give back to our communities. All of us have been, and still are, in leadership. From youth leaders, pastors, head of departments, worship leaders and paramedics, to name but a few, and we have come to realise the heartbeat and plight of our communities,” Martin says, explaining the motive behind the non-profit organisation they are in the process of opening.

Conrad says with the main goal of the band being to empower the people who need it, they don’t aspire for fame or fortune. “I don’t think we have an end goal. What we want to do is bring joy through music by spending time together as close friends and using that to inspire others around us.”

The group’s work is not made up of only their efforts; they have the support of each of their families and really rely on them. Pierre explains: “They support this vision and initiative, and would love to see its full potential reached. As it allows change and a legacy for years to come and the next generation to have a greater experience finding their destiny in music.”

“We just love making a difference through music, together,” concludes Milton.

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