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Non-profit Org uses music to build bridges

I have always love the idea of using music and the arts to bridge cultures and bring people together. I've been following the work of Playing for Change ever since they released their first compilation - I just learned about a very interesting non-profit called Genesis at the Crossroads - - that has created a unique music ensemble that includes musicians from countries in conflict: Iran, Afghanistan, Cuba, Morocco and the US. Together, they create new art while exploring both the sacred and mystical traditions in Arab and Jewish music, poetic influences, and ethnic African Sufi, Gnaoua and Rai music, infused with the sub-Saharan roots of blues and jazz, spiced with Afro-Caribbean and South-American rhythms. Five of the nine musicians are Grammy Awardees and/or Nominees.

Visit Genesis at the Crossroads on Facebook:
The more people we have involved in these kinds of initiatives, the more joy and peace we bring to the planet! Maybe some of you will be inspired to do something similar where you live!




As both an artist and concerned global citizen, I love this concept so very much! Liz, thank you for introducing me, and the rest of our World Pulse community, to these organizations. They are truly unique and wonderful!

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Please pass the word!

Hi Sydney,

Thanks for your comment. Please spread the word. If positive stories and initiatives could get as many hits and "likes" as scandalous, negative ones, the world would be a different place.

What kind of art do you do and where?

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Dearest Liz,

I absolutely agree that the idea of using music and the arts to bridge cultures and bring people together. Like my country, everyone might know Cambodia through the rich culture in art and music so it is also part of wonderful things to build bridge for my country too. Thanks so much for sharing this to us!

Lots of Love,



Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Liz4peace's picture

Cambodia's culture

Hi Sarvina,

Thanks for posting. I would love to learn more about Cambodian music and art. Maybe there's a way you can incororporate art into an children's education project. You have such a rich heritage!

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Hi Liz!

I share your passion for music and music as a tool to promote peace and cross cultural barriers - because music is a universal language :)

I never heard of Genesis at the Crossroads. Very interesting - thanks for sharing this!

Some of my favorite websites/organizations are War Child International, MTV Exit, Axis of Justice.

Kind regards,


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