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Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...

Music as a Global Resource: - International Council for Caring ...

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SECTION: Music for Sustainable Community Development COUNTRY: Botswana PROJECT: EMPOWERING AT-RISK YOUTH USING WOSANA TRADITIONAL MUSIC DESCRIPTION: Wosana traditional music is mostly performed in the North Eastern District of Botswana by the Bakalanga people who are separated by geographic and political borders. This traditional music genre is used for cultural preservation as a unifying agent for both young and old people. Above all, this music is performed as a prayer for rain, a rare and much needed commodity in Botswana. The goal of this project is to empower the youths who have dropped out of school by promoting the cultural heritage of wosana traditional music. It is believed that with the music skills acquired in this project, and in collaboration with the North East District Council authorities, these youth will be able to combat poverty. Youth who take part in this project learn through apprenticeships: performing skills how to make traditional instruments, (including drums, leg rattles, hand rattles) and costumes and accessories (dancing sticks, beads for ornaments, skirts and blouses, etc.) and acquire life skills, entrepreneurial skills, societal and moral values such as selfdiscipline and respect CURRENT STATUS: Performances were given in community cultural festivals and in schools for traditional music competitions. School dropouts throughout the North Eastern District of Botswana had shown interest in musical performances, but unfortunately the project is not currently running due to lack of resources and support. However, the Botswana government is encouraging: Both young and old in every tribe to revive their traditional musical ceremonies and values attached to them. This has been promoted through cultural festivals which have been scheduled as an annual event in May Youth to find any form of entrepreneurial and self-empowering activities to alleviate unemployment – including skills such as building traditional instruments, costumes, etc. That attract tourists – including performing in cultural festivals and competitions ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07272005-111410/ http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/bakalang.htm CONTACT INFORMATION: Organization: University of Botswana – Faculty of Education Address: P/Bag UB 00702 - - Gaborone - Botswana Phone: 3555098, Fax: 267 3185096 Contact Person: Dr. Otukile Sindiso Phibion Email: phibion@mopipi.ub.bw 2

SECTION: Music for Sustainable Community Development COUNTRY: Ghana PROJECT: DEVELOPING THE CREATIVE MUSICAL TALENT OF YOUTH: BLESS THE MIC DESCRIPTION: The BLESS THE MIC program provides a consistent avenue for emerging and established young artists to share their talents, hone their skills, and network with industry professionals. The program provides a platform for talented youths to demonstrate their skills and further develop their creative talent in music, poetry, traditional drumming and dancing. Statistics show that 30 percent of the people in Ghana live under the country‘s poverty line. The youth in Ghana represent a large proportion of those unemployed. This can promote criminal activities and the influx of youth into the cities. The main objective of the BLESS THE MIC project is to use the power of musical expression as a tool to empower young people through innovative and participatory programs. Articles 27 and 31 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, state that children should be given the opportunity to express themselves and develop their creative minds. This is the platform that BLESS THE MIC stands on. Music is being used as the tool to unite youth enabling them to express their opinions while working towards a future career. CURRENT STATUS: The BLESS THE MIC project is an ongoing project sponsored by Mi Prime Entertainment, an entertainment company that is committed to taking Ghanaian art to the global stage. Its mission is to promote art, music and culture based on a concrete Pan-African foundation. Over the past five years, some of the youth who participated in this program have become poets, musicians and dancers. The open-mic events, sponsored by BLESS THE MIC, are live musical programs that are quickly becoming one of Ghana's most popular activities. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: www.miprimeentertainment.com CONTACT INFORMATION: Organization: Bless the Mic Address: #24 5th Circular Extension, Cantonments, Accra, Ghana Phone: +233243281333 Contact Person: Papa Yaw Addo-Boateng Annan Email: annan.papa@gmail.com 3

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