There are many perks of being a MOVE-participant… One of them is waking up on Monday mornings, knowing that I will spend most of my week surrounded by the thing I love the most. And no, I’m not necessarily thinking about the beats from the crazy karaoke bar outside my window, or the sound of my neighbor accompanying her early morning duties with a lively a cappella version of “All the single Ladies”…
Still, I wake up knowing that music will follow me almost everywhere.
I will lead my piano students through scales, intervals and etudes, and my vocal teacher will push my fragile voice until my cheeks are as red as the Mozambican sunset. I will spend hours polishing my Debussy, and the students will try their best not to laugh while teaching me songs in their traditional language. I will leave the ear training class with both frustration and satisfaction, and I will enjoy the sound of blues or marrabenta in the peaceful afternoon hours at Music Crossroads Mocambique.
We will also bring music outside our classroom! This leads us to the other important part about “MOVING”, namely organizing and volunteering. In addition to exchanging musical knowledge, we are always set to develop and contribute to different projects and events, such as workshops, classes and festivals. Maputo introduces us for many interesting people and projects, and our minds are set on how we can improve the final result by adding some MOVE to it.
This combination of music, organizing and volunteering creates a beautiful exchange. An exchange of talents, views and moments! Our latest event “The Mafalala festival”, arranged by the cultural organization IVERCA, is a good example of how joyful it can be.