There were no cake bonanzas in the stores, stressed shoppers on icy streets, or even blinking lights in the trees. Still I could feel that Maputo was approaching Christmas in a high speed. I realized that it is not only Norwegians who tend to stretch the Christmas phase to the limit… Mozambicans don’t sell Christmas soda in October – but they do initiate the Christmas laziness as soon as the calendar shows December. Yet, this was not the case for Music Crossroads Mozambique.
December was not only filled with practice and lessons. With the arrival of the music producer Jose da Silva, and the initiation of a Music Management workshop, the students were introduced to new and different aspects of a musical career. During the course, da Silva shared his experience and knowledge from the music industry with some of Maputo’s young, uprising musicians and producers. Through a close dialog, both knowledge and motivation increased among the attendants.
-The course was a good experience for both speaker and listeners. The students had the possibility to present their difficulties in order to receive advice from more experienced people, at the same time as they could show their potential and talents, confirmed Jose da Silva
To close up the workshop da Silva invited his last case, The Cape Verdean singer/songwriter Elida Almeida. By sharing her background story and different aspects of her musical career, she both touched and inspired the participants… It’s not surprising that the workshop ended with a mini-concert.
From a green backyard to a crowded conference room…
I’ve realized that Music Crossroads not only provide musical education. It also opens doors for new friendship, contacts, locations, stages and knowledge. The Crossroads Girl’s performance at Radisson, as a part of the conference about child marriage, illustrates it well.
As always we were happy to performe. From the long hours of rehearsal until the moment we leave the stage, we are happy to fail, impress, inspire and have fun through music.
Still, our participation in this conference motivated us in a quite new way. After our performance, we attended discussions, debates and lectures concerning child marriage and girl’s situation in Mozambique. Yet, by taking in the information from the different speeches and diagrams, it was easy to end up with one simple question: What can we do about it? Even though organizations, scientists and politicians were gathered to discuss and initiate changes – a solution for improving the girl’s situation will not be fulfilled by tomorrow. It will take time.
And what to do during this time? I think one of the girls said it quite well:
– All of us need to take small steps. You might wonder what a single musician can do? I am not sure, but I know I will try to appear as a female role model. I will try to inspire, educate and care through music…
I am looking forward to follow the students at Music Crossorads – their personal development, but also their way of inspiring and affecting through music.
Hopefully the Mozambicans wake up from the Christmas laziness pretty soon – new projects, ideas and dreams are waiting to be fulfilled