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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

Songs to inspire social change

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 agosto 2016

songsCHONGON, Ecuador — Near the coast of southeastern Ecuador, which runs along the South Pacific Ocean, lies the town of Chongon. For the past four years, this small locality has brought together young adults from across Latin America for an innovative songwriting workshop.Participants all have an interest and talent in music as well as experience working with young people in Baha’i-inspired educational programs. The aim of the workshop is to produce music on themes relevant to the lives of adolescents, give voice to their noble sentiments, and reinforce standards to which they aspire.”In our work with adolescents, we often help them to reflect on the impact of negative social forces on their lives, including through some popular music. But these conversations can be disheartening if we are not able to offer any positive alternatives, “said Monica Solano, one of the workshop organizers.In this connection, the series of gatherings in Chongon has generated music that provides young people with an alternative to the prevalent messages in much of popular music today.”With each workshop, we are trying more and more to reflect the voice of the youth,” explained Katty Scoggin, another of the workshop organizers. “We aim to create lyrics and melodies touching on concepts that appeal to people’s higher nature and that speak to the reality of the lives of youth at the same time.” (foto: songs)

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