Category: Music Festival

Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal’s book War Child: A Child Soldier’s Story is one of his ways of fighting against war and working for peace. The other way is through his African hip-hop music. As he says in the book, “It is time for me to tell my story using the music and lyrics that are my weapons… Read more »

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a Christmas poem that has entered the list of carols frequently sung, published in songbooks, and put into the never-ending loop of musak piped into American malls.  But there is a dramatic story of suffering and faith expressed in this poem out of a context of war and dreams of peace…. Read more »

The Christmas Truce of 1914

On Christmas Eve 1914 during the horrors of WWI trench warfare, German, French and English armies established what became known as the Christmas truce.

Leonard Cohen

By contributing writer ROBERT BRUTTELL The angels declare it from above … The music of Leonard Cohen has struck at a deep place in me for many years. His hauntingly sensuous “Suzanne” takes me down to her place by the river every time the words run through my head. It suggests a place of abiding… Read more »

Bono

Author Daniel Buttry profiles the various peacemaking efforts of Bono, lead singer of famous rock bank U2; from Dan’s book: Blessed are the Peacemakers.