Under shady palm trees, local residents, rappers, singers and friends lounged on plastic chairs and listened to the music made in this miracle of a studio. Messiah Brown is a miracle because there is nothing like it in Léogâne.
A skeptic could ask, "Why open a campus in a foreign country experiencing severe economic challenges while U.S. colleges are under their own financial pressures?" But I believe that the 21st century will see a rise in the power and influence of musical ideas from other parts of the world.
My Costa Rica experience reaffirmed my belief that nothing brings people closer than music. There is the perfect group out there to fit any situation. It's a matter of discovery and engaging in conversations with people that actually care.
Based on the success of his single "Somebody That I Used To Know," multi-instrumentalist Gotye has been gaining a great deal of momentum around the world. Not bad for a guy who didn't speak a stitch of English until the age of 6 or so.
In an office nestled among garment, jewelry and perfume wholesalers a few blocks south of Herald Square in NYC, a small music production and publishing company is making waves as far away as Tehran, Iran and Freetown, Sierra Leone.