Messengers of Truth

Orchestra Volodora (photo credit: Luisa Santa)

Orchestra Volodora (photo credit: Luisa Santa)

Recently I was working (& playing) in Rio de Janiero, Brazil for the United Nation’s World Urban Forum, where I presented a workshop on cultural intelligence.

The event included a celebration of young artists which the United Nations have deemed ‘Messengers of Truth’.  They are artists from all over the world that sing and perform about poverty, housing, racism, and other pressing urban issues.

Part of the Messengers of Truth concert included Orquestra Voadora, a raucous Brazilian brass band that entered the venue with hips swinging in concert with their tubas, saxophones and other horns.  They didn’t take to the stage, but rather joined the crowd on the dance floor.

It was mayhem, it was loud and it was fantastic.

People from all over the world grooved to their tunes and for a moment, all was well with the world.

The message?  Many.

Music is a pathway to peace.  Young people are integral to peacebuilding.  Play and dance are critical.

And your messages of truth?  What are they?


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