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Oceania

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“Vast tracts of ocean, whether Polynesia, Micronesia or Melanesia, contain island populations that remain outside the modern world. They know about it, they may have traveled to it, they appreciate artifacts and medical help from it, but they live their daily lives much as hundreds of generations of ancestors before them, without money, electricity, phones, TV or manufactured food.” – Andrew Rayner, Reach for Paradise

The Pacific Islands have always sparked thoughts of both mystery and paradise. Until you fly from California south to New Zealand or Australia you never quite understand the vastness of the ocean that lies below – an area covering 30% of the world’s surface with more than 25,000 islands! Interestingly the Pacific Ocean got its name from the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 who called its waters “mar pacifico” which means peaceful sea.

Percussion for Peace

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If you missed it – here are the clips from Percussion for Peace. The first video (8mins) is from Tanzania, the amazing Gogo Drummers, celebrating during our last visit. Then a solo piece (5 mins) from my new studio in Wales and lastly from Cambodia, the CCAMS drummers, (8 mins) shot during one of their practises.

Bringing people together

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A powerful coming together of people’s in song! 3000 from different backgrounds, singing in 3 languages – come together in Haifa to sing of a hope for the future.

Lyrics – Sometimes I lay under the moon, And thank God I’m breathing, Then I pray, Don’t take me soon, ‘Cause I am here for a reason, Sometimes in my tears I drown, But I never let it get me down, So when negativity surrounds, I know some day it’ll all turn around because ….

Preparing for an evening of drums

The Heartbeat of Music

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The drum is one of the oldest known musical instruments, being played in various forms by nearly every people group in the world, producing a huge variety of sounds fashioned in many shapes and sizes, the drum provides the foundation to most traditional and modern day music.

For over 4,000 years drums have been used in many diverse situations, e.g. in religious celebrations, for sending signals or messages, on the battlefield during the Civil War, to help African slaves overcome the boredom of hard monotonous work, storytelling in China, carnivals in Brazil, healing, dancing, and entertainment. Read More

Garlands Digital

The Garlands for Ashes story

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A CD & DVD package
from Cambodia

Garlands for Ashes tells the story of a community of children in Phnom Penh rescued from unimaginable situations, who are nurtured back to life, given a home, hope and an artistic voice. Recorded in Phnom Penh and the Mekong delta in Cambodia this package of CD and DVD will take you to the very heart of the Cambodian Christian Arts school so that you can experience in video and pictures, sounds, songs and dances, the Khmer people of Cambodia. This blog tells the unfolding story of our partnership with this amazing community. Read More