Quote for Today: Zeena Schreck

Many secular observers and spiritual practitioners alike mistake mystical chanting as a kind of anthropological curiosity or interesting musical diversion from secular mainstream entertainment, sometimes labeling it 'world' or 'folk' music. But uttering or chanting spells, mantras or prayers shouldn't be regarded as a romantic excursion to a distant past, or faraway place, or as … Continue reading Quote for Today: Zeena Schreck

Reverent Strength: The Soulful Mbira of Hope Masike

Competition is distilled from survival instincts. Ironically, it may destroy our chance for survival. Can the arts help change this? The mbira, or thumb piano is a traditional musical instrument found in many places on the African continent. It consists of a wooden board fitted with metal tines which are plucked with the thumbs, producing a … Continue reading Reverent Strength: The Soulful Mbira of Hope Masike

Dreaming to Be Clean: Aterciopelados Prayer for the River

Aterciopelados is a Colombian rock band founded and led by Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago. They are famous for their musical style, a fusion of Colombian and other Latin American traditions, and for their consciousness of social and environmental issues and willingness to make them the focus of their art. Rio, River, is a prayer and a lament … Continue reading Dreaming to Be Clean: Aterciopelados Prayer for the River

Transcending Cultures through the Arts, Part One

Why is art a great way to break down barriers? It engages our humanity and reveals common ground between cultures. The didjeridoo is a wind instrument that originated in Australia around 1500 years ago. Traditionally harvested from trees that have been hollowed out by termites, each didjeridoo possesses a distinct acoustic and unique personality. A … Continue reading Transcending Cultures through the Arts, Part One