Ever since I have travelled the continents as a humanitarian and development worker people & music raised my attention. And I am continuously moved by the way young people appreciate music in sometimes desperate places.
In 2003, at the border region of Ethiopia-Eritrea and in the midst of this humanitarian crisis situation people listened to the catchy hits of national artist „Teddy Afro“ day and night.
In Myanmar, I was fascinated about how pop music found its way even though the country was disconnected from the world for centuries. And despite the authoritarian regime the Yangon punk movement spread its message. I was in Yangon when „Die Toten Hosen“ gave the first legal Punk concert ever in Myanmar and one could feel the powerful mood they created.
With Bollywood India created a fabulous recipe to unite Hindi culture and pop music and I saw the eyes of pupils sparkling while they were moving to the grooves in the slums of Puri.
And interestingly, Rap and Hip Hop seem to be a powerful and omnipresent instrument to create shared interests and bring young people together around the globe.
Music can make a statement, be a healer, a connector, a source of energy and joy. It has the power to inspire and bring people together and as a matter of the heart, this is what I want to portray in this blog.
Jamming at Yangon Inya Lake a little boy is wondering where the note went.