Between the dream of music and the social challenge
“Music is the only language، that all humans can understand for it refines the mind and the soul، and it’s the only language that knocks the doors of human emotions ” That’s what Ali Al-khafaf ,32 years old from Al-Najaf city said.
Ali the ambitious man who considers music a benevolent human project, it’s his life dream ever since he was a child, but because of being raised among a religious family and the fact that he lived in Al-Najaf city, he was banned from music and studying it for many years.
When he Grow older, he decided to make his dream come true and to learn music since it always matched his way of thinking ,talent and his passion for this form of art, that passionate man began to study the different colors of music and read many books about various fields of music and its arts that carries a human massage to spread love, peace and unity. Since his childhood, Ali showed a strong awareness of music, he was capable of telling the difference among many sounds, he was also capable of memorizing the songs of movies and series , even some random musical pieces and its tunes, Al-khafaf used to participate in school musical competitions, then he discovered his love for piano notes and started to learn it secretly without his family knowing about him, he also learned musical writing and reading, despite the rejection of his religious community to music ,his love for music overcame all the challenges, but his dreams remained imprisoned by the rejections of his community.
The Arts of peace team that belong to the Iraqi social forum published an electronic form to participate in a special training for music (music of peace) on the 25th of September and more than 70 players and singers of both genders made a registration but the training was exclusive to Baghdad residents, Al-Khafaf hesitated a lot before registering afriad of being rejected because he’s Al-najaf resident but he ignored his fears and filled the form and waited with a great patience hoping that he’ll be chosen to be part of this musical space , to be inside a team that carries the same love, thoughts for music , Ali’s phone rang and it was the Arts of peace team telling him that he has a meeting appointment to qualify him for the training.
With all passion and determination Ali arrived on Thursday the 4th of November and sang with a voice that managed to astonish not only the judges but everyone who was in the forum that day, Ali is not only musician but he’s also a very talented singer who amazes every one .
Tones of many musical instruments filled the Iraqi social forum on the first day of the (music of peace) training which was on the 10th of September, the participants who were chosen by the judges (3 girls and 22 boys) all attended , Ali arrived carrying his musical instrument (piano) and met all the musicians who were sitting in the hall of the forum and were welcomed by Mr. Ali Saheb the coordinator of the social forum and gave them a brief look on the forum then Ms. Fatima Al-wardi the coordinator of team (arts of peace) spoke about the team of arts that aims to use art’s tools against violence, then they were intoduced to (Luca Chiavinato) the italian musical trainer and oad player , he told them about reason of his desire to create the music of peace and his project to spread the music across the world , he devided them into three groups (jazz/classic/folk music) they worked on playing a single piece for every group, Ali was within the classical music group singing and playing, bringing joy to the hearts of those who listen to him. At the end of the first day the three group presented their work with astonishing level of creativity and talent.
Everyday Ali spends two and half-hours on the way from Al_najaf to Baghdad to attend the musical training with other players tirelessly with nothing but his dream before his eyes.
In The next days of training a verse was heard in the training hall..
“We lived long and witnessed alot
In this world there’s not..
Another land as beautiful as ours
Love and goodness will always keep us united”
It was Written by Al-khafaf and played by all the musicians attended.
It was sing in both Arabic and Kurdish since the song is originally a Turkish one named “eskudarah”.
On the fourth and fifth days, they rehearsed playing and singing some folk music pieces and some classic pieces and they worked on perfecting “the Syrian string”. Caoch luca’s main goal was to create a musical and vocal piece that combines different languages.
At 3 pm on Monday the 15th of November, Ali arrived before all the other participants and sat there playing notes that combined both sadness and joy since it was the last day of rehearsals. Ali has shared so many different musical ideas with the group and, those ideas were consider and practiced by the group in the last day. Luca has picked some musical pieces to play in the fifth festival of the social forum and two musicians were chooses to supervise the team and next rehearsals.
At the end of the day, the whole team gathered for dinner and they received certificates, then they said goodbye to the Italian music coach and the representatives of the Kurdish team “mshakht”.
Music of peace training is part of the team “arts of peace” activities subordinated by the Iraqi social forum and funded by the karibu institution in cooperation with the information centre for research and development, the musical team will work on other rehearsals to participate in the fifth season of the Iraqi social forum.