Thousands of free in-person and online events will take place up and down the country on Monday 21 June to mark this year’s Make Music Day – the world’s largest, annual celebration of making music. As part of the celebrations, Award-winning World Heart Beat Music Academy has collaborated with Colombian music group, Mr. Klaje to produce a virtual performance of La Verdad (The Truth) bringing young musicians, many of whom live in challenging circumstances, together virtually across the globe.
Make Music Day is the UK’s largest single-day music festival, encouraging musicians, producers, promoters and music lovers to collaborate and organise in-person and online performances in and for their communities. Since beginning as Fête de la Musique in France in 1982, Make Music Day has grown into a global phenomenon that takes place annually in 125 countries, always on 21 June. Solo performers, groups and music creators of all types are invited to take part, regardless of age, ability or musical genre.
Mr. Klaje, based in Cali, Colombia is a group of musicians and educators which provide musical-educational projects to young people immersed in violent contexts. La Verdad is the product of a collaborative research project “Cuál es la verdad” between academics, artists and educators in El Choco, Colombia working with underserved young people, many of whom are Afro-descendants and from indigenous populations, who have been forcibly displaced through violence and armed conflict to instead find alternative futures through arts and music collaborations.
World Heart Beat, based in Wandsworth, London envisions a world where non- selective, richly diverse music programmes are accessible to everyone. We know that music education can be a powerful tool for positive change for young people, their families and their communities. World Heart Beat provides high-quality music education and fulfilling personal development opportunities to over 370 children and young people each week, many of whom are from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds. The young musicians take part in a rich programme of early grass roots through to early career level music opportunities, as well as workshops with schools and community groups, and performances at local festivals and music venues - all of which provides a vital lifeline and sense of self-worth, purpose and achievement.
The original version of La Verdad was produced by Mr. Klaje in Spanish and has been extended to include an interwoven English version from World Heart Beat musicians. Both organisations look forward to working together again on future collaborations to help young people unite and find positivity and meaning through music.
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More information about Make Music Day, including news, event listings and how to get involved, can be found at makemusicday.co.uk
When: Monday 21st June (9pm UK time, 3pm Colombia)
Where: World Heart Beat Music Academy + Mr. Klaje present "La Verdad - The Truth"