What place does music have in the peace movement?


To achieve peace in the world, we need to understand that we are all one human family. As Martin Luther King said, ” We must all learn to live together as brothers – or we will all perish together as fools. This is the great issue facing us today. No individual can live alone; no nation can live alone. We are tied together.”

He was echoing the words of another great preacher who lived in another era: John Donne: “No man is an island, entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. . . Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”

As one family, we need to speak the same language, and one way that is possible is through music, since music can be considered as the universal language.

Here are the articles in CPNN since 2015 that illustrate how music functions to unite us across all language barriers. For discussion and articles prior to 2015, click here.

Readers are encouraged to add their comments below.

ARTICLES IN ENGLISH

October 28, 2018: Song for Peace: For the Children

September 18, 2018: Jackson Browne honored

December 9, 2017: Mexico: Hip-hop: coexistence for peace

September 29, 2017: Mauritania: Festival Nouakchott Jazz Plus: 18th to 23rd of September 2017

May 5, 2017: Brazil: Compaz and Londrina Pazeando promote music festival

February 15, 2017: The Festival of Amani strengthens our ability to live together

October 25, 2016: Bob Dylan: “Masters of War”

September 28, 2016: One million strong choir on International Day of Peace

June 26, 2016: USA: Refugee Orchestra Project Showcases Refugees” Impact

April 29, 2016: Paris: A standing orchestra !!!

February 20, 2016: Goma, Nord Kivu, Congo: Third edition of the Amani Music Festival

September 19, 2015: Music Builds Peace One Day at a Time

September 5, 2015: Letter of appreciation to the Palestinian Youth Orchestra

August 20, 2015: Colombia: Rock in the Park 2015 – Music for the 21st Century

April 20, 2015: Ivory Coast: Music Festival from 21 to 26 April in Abidjan for “peaceful elections” in Africa

February 18, 2015: The second edition of the Amani Festival fixed for mid-February in Goma

SAME ARTICLES IN OTHER LANGUAGES

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December 9, 2017: México: El encuentro Hip hop: convivencia para la paz

September 29, 2017: Mauritanie: Festival Nouakchott Jazz Plus: du 18 au 23 septembre 2017

May 5, 2017: Brasil: Compaz e Londrina Pazeando promovem festival musical

February 15, 2017: Le Festival Amani réussit à «renforcer le vivre ensemble

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April 29, 2016: Paris: Un orchestre debout !!!

February 20, 2016: Goma, Nord Kivu, Congo: clôture de la 3è édition du Festival Amani

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August 20, 2015: Colombie: Rock al Parque 2015 – Una Tendencia del Siglo XXI

April 20, 2015: Côte d’Ivoire: Festival de musique du 21 au 26 avril à Abidjan pour des “élections apaisées” en Afrique

February 18, 2015: La 2è édition du Festival Amani fixée en mi-février à Goma

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