Midtown, Manhattan (PIX11) — How does music connect us? That was the theme of a very special family concert at Carnegie Hall on Saturday.
The Musical Explorers Family Concert was a multicultural celebration of music and unity at Zankel Hall. The interactive concert was full of song and dance and celebrated unique musical traditions from around the world, including hip-hop, which originated in the Bronx.
“It’s all about making an impact,” hip-hop artist Chen Lo told PIX11 News. “It connects the past to the next generation and shows what hip-hop is like.”
This educational program included the music of Mali, West Africa, along with the yakuba playing a 21-stringed instrument called the kora. Kiana played gala music while everyone sang “Kumbaya”. Afterwards, we had a jam session on stage where we all sang and jumped to the song “Higher”.
“One of my favorite moments is when each type of music comes together to jam out and have fun,” said Joanna Massey, Director of Learning and Engagement.
Thousands of children and their parents praised this program. This was her tenth Musical Explorers Family Concert in just one week, exposing more than 6,000 children from all over the world to these new musical genres.
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