Last January, I led 30 music students on a trip to South Africa to study and perform black South African choral music. We relied on local choristers to help us understand not only this music’s unique textures, but also its unifying power.
Balla Kouyaté might be the only person in the world who can trace his musical heritage back to a 13th-century ancestor. Now, this master of the balafon demonstrates the ancient instrument and its construction.
My overconfidence in pain management impeded the use of my hands for years, sending me on an emotional rollercoaster. But my injury was both physical and mental.