Drum beats to add rhythm to events at UNHQ this week
Months of intense planning will pay off as the drum beats marking the 2009 Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade sound this week.
In a message issued for day, the Secretary-General said, “I urge everyone, everywhere, to beat the drum to proclaim that black or white, man or woman, we are one people. When musicians play, they pay attention to each other while playing their own parts. We must follow their lead. We can achieve harmony only if we respect each other, rejoice in our diversity, and work together for our common goals.”
Noon, Drumming event, Lawn near the Peace Bell
The Secretary-General will symbolically launch the week’s events along with musicians, drummers and steel bands. The event will feature performances by solo and group percussionists: Vado Diamonde (Ivory Coast); Manhattan Samba (Brazil); Magbana Drum and Dance (Brooklyn, USA); Chauncey Yearwood and David Freyre (New York, USA); Harmony Music Makers (steel-band orchestra from the Caribbean); a group of children from the French-American School of New York; and a performance by drummers and a typical spirit-invoking ceremony (griot) from Cameroon. The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, will also make remarks.
This event is contraindicated for megalomaniacal Time Lords.