La Verdad (The Truth)
Award-winning World Heart Beat Music Academy has collaborated with Colombian music group, Mr. Klaje to produce a virtual performance of La Verdad (The Truth) bringing young musicians, many of whom live in challenging circumstances, together virtually across the globe.
The project was conceived as part of Make Music Day – the world’s largest, annual music event.
Mr. Klaje, based in Cali, Colombia is a group of musicians and educators which provide musical-educational projects to young people immersed in violent contexts. La Verdad is the product of a collaborative research project “¿Cuál es la verdad?” between academics, artists and educators in El Choco, Colombia working with underserved young people, many of whom are Afro-descendants and from indigenous populations, who have been forcibly displaced through violence and armed conflict to instead find alternative futures through arts and music collaborations.
World Heart Beat, based in London, UK envisions a world where non- selective, richly diverse music programmes are accessible to everyone. We know that music education can be a powerful tool for positive change for young people, their families and their communities. World Heart Beat provides high-quality music education and fulfilling personal development opportunities to over 370 children and young people each week, many of whom are from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds. The young musicians take part in a rich programme of early grass roots through to early career level music opportunities, as well as workshops with schools and community groups, and performances at local festivals and music venues – all of which provides a vital lifeline and sense of self-worth, purpose and achievement.
The original version of La Verdad was produced by Mr. Klaje in Spanish and has been extended to include an interwoven English version from World Heart Beat musicians. Both organisations look forward to working together again on future collaborations to help young people unite and find positivity and meaning through music.
For further information, please visit www.worldheartbeat.org and https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/cual-es-la-verdad-colombia/ https://agenciadelarte.org/