Real life Eat, Pray, Love

While in Bali, I stayed with a lovely Balinese family in a village just outside of the touristy streets of Ubud. I was the only non-Balinese in the entire village. My host, Wayan, was a wood carver, which has been the family profession for generations. I stayed in a very traditional Balinese compound with Wayan [...]

Motos, Music, and the Monkey

October 2016 After the first couple of weeks in Rwanda, I stayed in the capital, Kigali, with Adam, a friend of a friend. By the end of my stay, we became the best of friends. I cooked a lot of Mexican and Italian food for us; Adam supplied quality olive oil, wine, and coffee! There [...]

Rwinkwavu and Ingomas

October 2016 As I mentioned in my previous post, Musicians without Borders (MWB) works with local musicians to "teach singing, songwriting, and music therapy, making use of Rwandan traditional culture to address the trauma of the genocide and conflict" (from the MWB website). Overall, the goal is to create sustainable music programs that can be [...]

My Rwan-devous with Rwanda …get it?

September 2016 During my time in Rwanda, I was lucky enough to volunteer with Musicians Without Borders, an international nonprofit organization that facilitates community music projects in areas that are suffering or recovering from political or social unrest. The Rwanda chapter of Musicians without Borders (MwB) focuses on introducing music therapy, training, and community music [...]

Conscious Rhythm with Nidhi

September 2016 I didn't really come to South Africa with any plan about who I was going to study. I had one vague idea of an ensemble, but they never answered my five emails over the past year. Looking back on it, it was a blessing in disguise to basically be dropped off in an [...]

“Do you know Dr. Dre?” And other questions from South African primary school kids….oh, and them performing.

September 2016 Michelle took me to the Cavalleria Primary School in Kraiifontain today. Every Thursday, she teaches around 60 kids traditional African drumming and marimba. It takes about 30 minutes to get the school. Theres a drug house right across the street from the main entrance. Michelle said she's seen one of the older students [...]

Adventures with dogs and Michelle

September 2016 I went to Simonstown High School for the second time with Michelle and the eMzantsi group. This will be their 8th time coming to the high school working with stereotypes and the carnival bloca.  This week's stereotype lesson was called a "flower power". Each petal of the flower had two layers. (You can [...]