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Music Saved Them, They Say
Social Impacts of Music-Making and Learning in Kinshasa (DR Congo)




ISBN 9781003024736
Published May 19, 2020 by Routledge
164 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations

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Music Saved Them, They Say: Social Impacts of Music-Making and Learning in Kinshasa (DR Congo) explores the role music-making has played in community projects run for young people in the poverty-stricken and often violent surroundings of Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The musicians described here – former gang members and so-called "witch children" living on the streets – believe music was vital in (re)constructing their lives. Based on fieldwork carried out over the course of three-and-a-half years of research, the study synthesizes interviews, focus group sessions, and participant observation to contextualize this complicated cultural and social environment. Inspired by those who have been "saved by music", Music Saved Them, They Say seeks to understand how structured musical practice and education can influence the lives of young people in such difficult living conditions, in Kinshasa and beyond.

"... a tribute to the persistence, engagement and courage of the people in these projects, who can be proud that their work is now exposed to a global audience, not just of researchers but also to practitioners around the world who could learn from and be inspired by these hitherto unknown projects."

—John Sloboda, Research Professor, Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Table of Contents

List of Figures / Foreword / Preface / Acknowledgements / Introduction / Chapter 1: The Case Studies: Espace Masolo and Beta Mbonda / Chapter 2: Practitioner Research / Chapter 3: Why Make Music at All? / Chapter 4: Artistic and Social Accompaniment: The Teaming Up of Musicians/Teachers/Mentors/Educators / Chapter 5: Behind the Wheel: The Role of Competence and Mastering / Chapter 6: Shared Ownership: The Potential of Empowerment through Participation in Internal Organization and Governance Related to Music-Making / Chapter 7: Music As an End in Itself: The Role of Enjoyment/Play / About the Author / Index

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Biography

Lukas Pairon is the co-founder and director of the international research platform SIMM (Social Impacts of Making Music).

Reviews

"It has been a notable feature of Pairon’s approach to his research that it has been conducted with and for his participants. Their voices are so vivid, brought to life with a plethora of detailed quotes that one can almost feel present in the room as they make and discuss their music. In this way, the book is also a tribute to the persistence, engagement and courage of the people in these projects, who can be proud that their work is now exposed to a global audience, not just of researchers but also to practitioners around the world who could learn from and be inspired by these hitherto unknown projects. Accordingly, the language of this book is accessible and non-technical to promote maximum engagement."

—John Sloboda, Research Professor, Guildhall School of Music & Drama