Music, as we know, has no boundary. Melody does not judge its medium. It can echo from the peaks of Himalayas and also from the filthy alleys of Kandivali. And young music enthusiats from slums of Mumbai are going to prove just that.
Songbound has been training these slum kids for choir performances and today these little wonders will showcase their talent at blueFrog from 6.30 onwards.
“This is an unique project — a group of children from slum communities across Bombay are being mentored by choir leaders in the art of choral singing through the NGO Songbound.
This is exactly what we like to see and support. This will be a truly uplifting show,” says Tina Kapur from blueFrog.
These budding talents are trained by Songbound — a music outreach initiative that uses singing to reach out to some of India’s most disadvantaged children. Through partnerships with Indian NGOs, the organisation provides weekly rehearsals and singing lessons to prepare the youngsters for workshops and performances alongside leading musicians and ensembles from across the globe such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, virtuoso violinist Veronika Eberle and the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge.
Through setting up and sustaining choirs in India’s many slum communities, Songbound provides these children with the weekly opportunity to enjoy group singing in a safe environment as they prepare for collaborative events throughout the year with schools, choirs and other musicians worldwide.
The choir leader and trainer Maureen Periera says that this is one-of-a-kind experience for her. “The kids are so enthusiastic about their singing, so eager to learn different rhythms in languages that are unfamiliar to them, so eager to share that learning with each other; and I can see in their eyes that it brings them joy. It brings me joy too to be part of their expression,” she says.
“Our open rehearsal will be a fantastic chance to see five of our choirs in action as they come together to sing water-themed songs learnt throughout the monsoon. Special guest Ali Hill from the world famous Monteverdi Choir will lead the choirs and the audience in several numbers and you’ll be treated to the solo voices of our choir leaders too. Fun music for all!” says Joe Walters, founder and CEO Songbound.