music to my ears

This post is all about music …

Appalachian Media Institute …a part of Appalshop, a  multi-media arts and cultural organization, AMI is a training program for youth located in Whitesburg, Kentucky.  It was started to help youth learn media production skills and focuses on community-based issues.

The video is made by three young people and focuses on one girl’s struggle to play the banjo – an instrument that runs deep in the family.  The video is all about belonging, identity, loss, and grief  – her father died and she has a deep desire to “know where she came from” and “know her father” through the music and the community he left behind.  Check out this site for lots of youth-created videos about common concerns like – local business, teen moms, environment, and more.  And the Appalachian music and accent is just lovely!

I can’t seem to post it but you can find it on vimeo –  just put in ‘banjo pickin girl’ 🙂

Instead here is another video called banjo pickin girl .. just a song and nothin like the above video!

Playing for Change  – some great music from around the world .. this Foundation is dedicated to the fundamental idea that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music.  Amazing music and I found a new favourite group …Tinariwen ..?

A group “band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, formed in 1979” .. so says Wikipedia... I can’t seem to find an active website for the group!

Just listen to the beauty, sadness, and hope in this song …  Imidiwan Afrik Tendam | Playing For Change …

Enjoy the song in your heart however it feels …

peace out,


One response to “music to my ears

  • Mali Music Videos

    As a Group working in the African music industry “music to my ears arts and crafts collective” is right up our street and we will keep checking for interesting additions to your post. If you want to know more about Mali Music Videos visit us at %URL% … Well written, thank you 🙂

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