Singing four languages in forty minutes.
Yesterday as a family we went along to a multicultural, multinational event called Go Fest.
As a family we think it is very important for our children to see and experience different cultures.
We went along to a multicultural concert by Resonance
In forty minutes we had learned and sung along in Farsi, Hindi, Bemba and Urdu. My young girls were soon singing along and shaking their shakers. They loved the Indian drum and handheld Indian cymbals. We found a few phrases we recognised like “Jai Ho” There was a lot of repetition of phrases which really helped us pick the songs up quickly. Us older ones had a lot of fun as well!
One of the group, Rob Baker is an Ethnomusicologist. He studies music in it’s cultural context and spent a long time in West Africa capturing local music and helping people compose songs in their own language. Exciting stuff!
Music is a brilliant way to engage with other cultures and languages. Is there an event you know about your family can join in? Let us know how it goes!
run song writing workshops encouraging groups to write songs in their native language and so strengthen their cultural identity. The band are from Singapore, Britain, Italy and Germany. Some of the band members have spent a lot of time in Mali and Tibet and so studied the culture and music of the countries.