MOVE on up in Mafalala

 

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.

Enjoy!

Gathered in the yard of Unidade 23 - the school where we are volunteering as Englisg teachers

Gathered in the yard of Unidade 23 – the school where we are volunteering as English teachers

 

 

Students from Music Crossroads

Students from Music Crossroads

Difficult to remain still when Lalah from Music Crossroads starts singing

Difficult to remain still when Lalah from Music Crossroads starts singing

Local dancers

Local dancers

Dancers from Unidade 23

Dancers from Unidade 23

As if it wasn't hot enough already

As if it wasn’t hot enough already

One of Crossroads' treasures in action

One of Crossroads’ treasures in action

Ivan, the leader of IVERCA, and two of the happy volunteers from Crossroads

Ivan, the leader of IVERCA, and two of the happy volunteers from Crossroads

Good friends, good entertainment and good times in Mafalala

Good friends, good entertainment and good times in Mafalala

Paula Aarseth Tunstad
Paula Aarseth Tunstad

This eighteen-year-old girl has been playing piano since the age of five, and has a long record of melting people’s heart with her passionate play. Growing up in a musical home on Tjøme, Paula has been wandering through different instruments and genres. Yet, she is looking forward to set her classical repertoire aside, and dive into the jazz-capital Maputo. With experience from various youth organizations, and with a passion for writing and photography, Paula is ready to help out on Music Crossroads Mozambique.

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