Sunday, December 23, 2012

New Video Showing Our Work

We are proud to present the new video about Music Bus Goes Palestine made by Tamador Abu Laban:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Beautiful Message for Pretty from Halimah

Halimah, one of the MwB trainees, is deaf. She has recorded the message above in sign language for Pretty. Pretty is one of the youth leaders from Rwanda Youth Music, the MwB program in Rwanda. She has fallen ill and trainees from other MwB projects around the world have written letters to Pretty, wishing her fast recovery and sending her love.

The following text is an interpretation by Magedah and Fabienne:

"Hello. This message is for Pretty.
My name is Halimah. I am from Palestine.
I take the music training.
When I started, I wasn't happy and I was afraid, because I thought I can not do music.
But when I continued the music training I succeeded and I became happy.
The music training gave me more trust and I thank everyone that works in this music project.
I pray always for you Pretty that you will get better.
Don't be sad or worried.
I want to see a picture of you.
And I want to meet you, insha'allah, when you will be healthy again.
Bye, Kisses!"

Thank you Halimah for your beautiful message, and thank you Magedah for translating all the workshops into sign language! 

More messages from Palestine:
 letters from music workshop leader Amanda and rappers Nadim and Anan

Pretty reading the letter from Anan

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Music Workshop Leader Training PART 1

During the last two weeks many activities took place: we held another Music Workshop Leader Training in Bethlehem for 30 trainees, two samba percussion workshops in al-Ma'sara and Hebron, a workshop for 30 kindergarten teachers in Ghirass Cultural Center, and 11 music workshops in al-Azzeh refugee camp, Aida refugee camp, a psychiatric hospital and a center for children with cancer and other severe illnesses. Indeed, too many activities for one blog post! Today I share some pictures from the Music Workshop Leader Training with MwB trainer Christiaan Saris and Fabienne van Eck, pictures from the other events will follow later.

Chris, thank you for your great commitment! We are all very inspired by your beautiful work.

Imagination exercise: walking like a very old man...

Who is giving a secret sign to stop or start clapping?

Warm-up with Chris: taking a shower

Percussion with sticks

Car Dance

8-4-2-1-1-1-1 Dance
Thank you Sineen and Ahmad for making the pictures and thank you HLT for the beautiful training space.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Samba Trainer Wanted!

Looking for a change? Looking for a challenge?
Do you drum to a Palestinian beat?
Are you ready for a life-changing opportunity?

A samba trainer
We are looking for a professional percussionist with samba experience to coach beginner samba groups in Palestine. The position is voluntary with expenses (flight, accommodation, food, local transportation) covered for two months, starting in January 2013.

to teach talented young Palestinians…
You will work with young people who have drive and ambition but no opportunities. Many young people in the samba groups have suffered emotional trauma, and almost all are deeply affected by the on-going occupation.

as part of a community music project in Palestine
Music Bus Goes Middle East is a project of Musicians without Borders and Holy Land Trust. It uses community music to address problems in the conflict-ridden society in Palestine. Our music and nonviolence training projects and activities for children are enormously successful throughout the West Bank. In 2012 we expanded the project with rap and samba activities for youth. We are now looking for a samba trainer to guide the groups in improving their musical skills.

and make a difference!
Do not underestimate the challenge. You need to be able to maintain control of a roomful of young men and women (age 16-24). Palestine can be a challenging place to live and work because of the ongoing occupation, poverty and cultural issues. You will need to be able to inspire the youths as well as coach them, and display a high degree of cultural sensitivity.

How To Apply?
Please send us your CV and a letter explaining your motivation before December 1 2012. Short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited for a Skype interview with the local project manager.

More Information
For more information or to apply please email