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Shoshana Gottesman on board!

We are pleased to welcome Shoshana Gottesman to our board of directors! For many years, she has built our Tunisia project into our most regular, successful, and profoundly impactful project.

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Where the violin is happiness

Where is a violin defined as happiness? Where does it look like the mountains go down instead of up? To find out, please enjoy our fascinating, funny, spectacular, deeply moving documentary about our project (funded by the US Consulate in Ciudad Juárez) donating musical and medical supplies to the Rarámuri in the Sierra Tarahumara mountains […]

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April is Cultural Diplomacy Month

Cultures in Harmony is thrilled to see this ringing endorsement of cultural diplomacy by the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. Over the years, as we bring people together through music, we have been thrilled to receive funding, publicity, and logistical support from US Embassies in Mexico, Tunisia, Egypt, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, the Philippines, and […]

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#IAmMySong

On March 10, 2021, the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan announced a ban on girls 12 years and older from singing in public arenas — this would include being able to participate in singing their National Anthem. To call attention to this shameful action, Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, Founder and Director of Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), started the […]

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First #Connect4 video

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Cultures in Harmony launched “Connecting Cultures through Counterpoint,” a platform that offers musicians, students, and audience members around the world the opportunity to forge virtual musical connections across borders and cultures. “Connect 4” videos bring together four musicians from far-flung countries to collaborate on a piece of music.  In […]

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Tunisian student in New York Times

Cultures in Harmony is very proud of Souhayl Guesmi, also known as Ratchopper, for his mention in the New York Times’ article about how to imagine that you’re taking a vacation to Tunisia. Souhayl has been a frequent student at our annual workshop in Beni M’tir. Here is the track recommended by the New York […]

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New video on our C3 platform

Please check out the new video on C3 (Connecting Cultures through Counterpoint), our platform launched during the COVID-19 pandemic. We profile Mexico’s only trumpet school and the challenges it has faced to remain open:

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Mourning Ebere Valentine

One of the best friends that Cultures in Harmony projects has given me, Ebere Valentine, passed away of kidney failure in Nigeria on November 5, 2020. Ebere, trained as a minister in his native Nigeria, was living in Cameroon when he contacted me in 2008 after hearing a podcast about Cultures in Harmony. At the […]

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Sr. Ruth Lewis (1946-2020)

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death from coronavirus of Sr. Ruth Lewis, a Pakistani nun who truly lived out her faith. Since 1969, she ran Dar ul Sukun, a home for the disabled in Karachi, Pakistan. Cultures in Harmony and FEW the band presented concerts there in February and August 2012. These pictures show us with Sr. […]

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First video of new platform: from Congo!

The first video of our new platform, Connecting Cultures through Counterpoint, is now on YouTube. It’s called Congo: Music Surviving and shows musician and activist Bernard Kalume Buleri reflecting on the role music plays in Congolese society and his experience having survived two pandemics, Ebola and coronavirus.

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