Friday, May 28, 2010
Meeting with Rwandan musicians
One of the highlights of this trip was a small meeting of musicians at a church in Kigali our first evening in Rwanda. A local artist, Dieudonne helped to pull together some musicians in the city, mostly worship leaders, to meet and talk about art and faith. Dieudonne and others are attempting to write new music that merges traditional Rwandan music and themes with a wider Christian worldview. One songwriter shared with me that he had just put a song about his marriage on a recording, and some people had wondered why he would write about his marriage on a worship record. I said that as long as there are married people in Rwanda, they will need songs about marriage. We all left wondering how we could better support this community of writers and musicians in their call to create art for their community. The basic things about making music are more difficult because of the lack of time and space for those pursuits. But there are so many unique things about Rwanda that only a Rwandan artist can speak to, and I pray that these friends will be inspired.