It doesn’t matter what language you speak, music communicates

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Some years ago I was on holiday in the Gambia strolling through a market when I spotted a guy making drums. I went over, sat down and picked up a drum and began a rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘No woman no cry’. Within seconds the whole place erupted with people clapping, joining in and dancing on the tables. I realised that day the power of music and how it transcends all barriers.

These days I do similar things, often with young people, and within minutes I can see connections. Some rush over to become involved, others stop what they’re doing and observe from a distance. For that brief moment or session stress and tension seems to evaporate replaced by either curiosity or joy. If I had anything to thank the Lord for it would be for giving me the skills to do that because for me it’s mind blowing.

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