A few months ago, the world was hit by a pandemic. It took everyone by surprise. In the chaotic rush to adjust to the crisis, no one imagined that the coronavirus outbreak will bring to a standstill the busy life of 2020 and have the world on lockdown. Stress and fear began to rise. And as the fog of uncertainty became thicker and thicker, the collective anxiety grew deeper and deeper.
Thankfully, the light of strength we struggled to find within, we found it in each other. Through kind gestures and mutual support, people pulled each other up. Physical fitness, mental wellbeing, social media conversations have been the theme of the global lockdown. However, if there is anything that has truly helped people stay positive and rediscover hope, it is music.
A few weeks into the lockdown, people began to sing their hearts out. Social media channels were flooded with scenes of people singing from their balconies and rooftops. On Instagram, artistes hosted digital concerts for fans to extend support and love. As the world became socially distant, music brought people closer.
A mother’s lullaby, a tune on a soldier’s lips, a tribesman’s song, the victory anthem of cheering fans, since time immemorial, music has been the sound of love, solidarity, courage, and victory.
What is it about music that makes it invaluable? This World Music Day, Soulveda explores the answer to this pertinent question, in the face of this global pandemic and beyond it.
Whether it is hope, an outcry for justice, or a message of peace, music has contributed immensely to the world we live in.