Category: Music Festival

Cranberries’ “Zombie”

I stumbled across The Cranberries on the NPR Tiny Desk Concerts.  They played their hit “Zombie” from the ’90s.  This Irish band was obviously coming from their own context in a song with strong words about the pain of violence and the deathly numbing of our brains as we silence ourselves: “When the violence causes… Read more »

“Peace Over Violence”

“Peace over Violence” (Towards a peaceful Zimbabwe 2018 National Elections) Article by Lance Muteyo Elections in Zimbabwe have been characterised by massive politically-motivated violence which has left a lot of ‘scars’ in communities. History tells us that politically-motivated violence occurs in every society at some point during its existence. Be it in time of independence… Read more »

Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem”

“My subject is War, and the pity of War.  The Poetry is in the pity…All a poet can do today is warn.”  These words by Wilfred Owen are inscribed on the title page of British composer Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem.”  Britten combined the Latin text of the Requiem Mass with nine poems of the World… Read more »

Ameen Mukdad

Amid the ruins of an ancient shrine in the city of Mosul in Iraqi, the violinist Ameen Mukdad played his composition “I am Free.”  That composition was written while Mosul was under the stern rule of the Islamic State which banned music and musical instruments.  Mukdad played in hiding, but eventually his music was discovered… Read more »

Masao Ohki (1901-1971)

Japanese composer Masao Ohki was profoundly moved by The Hiroshima Panels painted by Iri and Toshi Maruki (See the article about the Marukis in our Peace Art Festival).  Inspired by their first six panels which had been completed by 1953 he composed his Fifth Symphony.  The six movements of the symphony follow the themes of the six… Read more »