Money was raised by Logan MacGillivray in Canada for cdpeace to buy local traditionally made musical instruments for children to use at the Listen to the Children Resource Center which is under construction at the cdpeace headquarter, Mayagba, Sierra Leone. When the construction of the centre is completed early this summer, cdpeace is going to setup a Youth Peace Band that will have both local and international instruments. Logan has collected a grand piano, Guitars, drums and other Western instruments that were shipped to cdpeace in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Thomas Mark Turay, cdpeace Co-founder’s Comments: “The Head Teacher at Mayagba told me that one of the effects of the 11 years of war is that young people have lost local tradition knowledge. For years now, students have not been exposed to playing traditional music. In a sense, Logan is helping the schools to revive a worthwhile tradition that is almost being lost”.
The attached photos and video are from students at R. C. School, Mayagba, beating some of the drums and other instruments that have been collected. cdpeace hopes to get all the musical instruments of the 13 major tribes in Sierra Leone for the Listen to the Children Resource Center. But will have to search for some of the instruments in neighboring country Guinea since many of the crafts men and women who knew how to make them have either died or migrated to other parts of the country. It is worth noting that Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Republic of Guinea share similar cultures.