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National Reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire: Artists Sing for Peace

an article by Napargalè Marie, abidjan.net

Ivoirian and international artists have united their voices for reconciliation and peace in Côte d’Ivoire. By means of three well-made recordings produced by David Monsoh and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Tiken Jah, Ismaël Isaac, Billy Billy, Papa Wemba, Ophélie Winter, Monique Séka etc. have invited Ivoirians to turn the page on the post-election problems. Friday, February 10, at the conference room of the Foreign Minister, these musical productions were presented to the Ministries of Employment and Social Affairs, of Culture and Francophonie, and of Communication.


Tiken Jah - © Autre presse par DR

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According to the Resident Representative of the United Nations in Côte d’Ivoire, Ndolamb Ngokwey, this music will help to mobilize the communities to overcome the negative impact of the conflicts. "This project is a way to assure the visibility of the United Nations in the promotion of the message of peace. It targets youth throughout Côte d’Ivoire and calls for peaceful relations among communities," he explained.

The minister of Culture and Francophonie, Bandaman Maurice, complimented this initiative of artists for a culture of peace. While regretting the impoverished life of artists who no longer gain a living because of the pirating of their CDs, Bandaman Maurice requested the help of the United Nations system to combat the pirting of musical works. In his turn, Gilbert Koné Kanfana, the Minister of Employment and Social Affairs, gave recognition to these works of art that promote peace and reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire.





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What place does music have in the peace movement?,

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Nuestra investigación sobre la Musicoterapia Comunitaria se ha desarrollando a  partir del inquietud siguiente.

“La violencia social es frecuentemente la expresión de la insatisfacción experimentada por un sector de la población que se ve privado del derecho de formar parte de esa sociedad y cultura del bienestar a la que tienen derecho” (Petrus, A. 1997)

Vivimos en un momento de instabilidad política, económica y social. La violencia y los conflictos son las consecuencias de tal instabilidad.

Desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial, hemos sufridos más de 150 conflictos armados, la mayoría de los cuales se han desarrollados en los países más pobres. A lo largo de esto siglo han muerto más de 110 millones de personas a causa de guerras injustificadas y sin sentido, en que el 90% de las víctimas son civiles, en particular mujeres y niños.

Y a parte de la violencia directa hay otros tipos de violencias cotidianas: una violencia estructural que incluye hambre, analfabetismo, discriminación de las mujeres, racismo, precariedad, etc.

En nuestro mundo nos recuerdan que “si quieres la paz, prepárate para la guerra”.  

Pero, son siempre más las personas que están rebelándose a esta realidad.

El interés en esta área está ligado a una búsqueda constante de encontrar una solución real para resolver tal situación. El mundo necesita de paz y una sociedad más justa. No se debería aceptar y contemplar el dolor y el sufrimiento de personas inocentes, cuando el mundo está gritando desesperadamente su necesitad de paz.

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Our investigations about Community Music Therapy has developed out of the following concerns.

“Social violence is frequently the expression of the dissatisfaction of a sector of the population that is itself deprived of the benefits of that society and its culture of well-being for which they have right” (Petrus, A. 1997)

We live in a time of political, economic and social instability with violence and conflicts as a consequence. . ...more.


This report was posted on February 20, 2012.

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