MUSIC FOR PEACE
- Published: Tuesday, 08 May 2018 07:15
Imagine living in a world with no music, like for those of us who listen to music to calm ourselves down, who do it as a profession or hobby, who can’t go a day without music. Just imagine a situation where you have long tiring weeks and there are no concerts or oprahs to look forward to, for me that would be devastating.
But when we talk about music we necessarily don’t mean the songs only we talk on a large range of everything that’s music related which includes instruments too.
Now we only see the music aspect from those musicians that have made it and from their lavish lifestyle. Well there is also musical talent from the local and least able areas and well as much as music makes us rich it also helps bring people together and also provides the discipline that comes with music study.
This is being brought out by the ghetto classics a programme under the art of music organizations which was started in korogosho one of Kenya’s biggest slum. Its main purpose to provide music education to the least privileged youths and also connect them with income sustainable opportunities. Growing up in the disadvantaged areas of Nairobi one has very minimal options when it comes to life. just like every slum so is Mukuru kwa Ruben, people will always opt for the easy way to make it in life. some will even get themselves involved in the life of crime without even caring who they are hurting in the middle and the saddest part is that the youth are the people caught up in the middle.
Through music, ghetto classics is trying to provide a better option for the youths by teaching them music and showing them that they can be involved in something that is interesting,educative and meaningful at the same time.not only are they taught how to play musical instruments but through it do they learn how to be attentive, disciplined and how to always uplift themselves. this also helps keep them busy and out of trouble.
They started teaching the Ruben centre youths two years ago where they came twice a week though they started off small with just recorders but have then greatly improved to other equipments like trumpets violins etc, the past April holiday they had a ten day training with the Ruben centre children where they taught them to play various instruments. Then on the final day the children had a recital where they showcased what they did for the ten days.''I play an instrument known as the violin, this has always been a dream of mine ever since i was a small girl and now it feels my heart with joy that i am able to play it. i thank ghetto classics for their dedication and willingness to teach us.'' says Jemmimah Mwende a student at Ruben Centre primary.
Written by: Peris Wahome
Public Relations Desk