Celebrating International Jazz Day

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Music has proved to be a powerful vehicle for communication throughout the ages. When that music is a fusion of different cultures the “language” of music plays an even more important role. Jazz exemplifies this process. Jazz is a unique style of music which originated in the southern United States but has its roots in Africa and merges both African and European music traditions.

For at least fifty years, jazz has been a feature of U.S. cultural engagement around the world. Jazz has always stood for freedom and democracy, particularly for the disenfranchised, and its influence can be found in every corner of the globe. Jazz reveals much about the rich heritage of American culture and history, but has also become an international art form, evolving as it travels across the globe, borrowing the best from many nations and regions to enrich it.

Defying definition, jazz speaks many languages and has become a unifying force for its adherents regardless of race, religion, ethnic or national origin. The 100th United States Congress designated jazz as “a rare and valuable national American treasure,” but today it belongs to the world. On the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference, the United Nations General Assembly designated 2010 as the “International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures,” further celebrating how jazz and all music can bring people together, which continues until today – five years later.

The U.S. Embassy organized a jazz event on May 13 at the Africa Jazz Village with the goal of “increasing public awareness and appreciation of jazz music and its role in promoting peace, unity and dialogue.” The legendary father of Ethio-Jazz, Dr. Mulatu Astatke, performed along with prominent musicians. The event was attended by people from many sectors, including education, culture, media, business, and art. How do you think music can bring different people and cultures together?

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የዓለም አቀፉ የጃዝ ቀን አከባበር

ሙዚቃ በየዘመኑ ጠንካራ የተግባቦት መሣሪያ ሆኖ አገልግሏል፡፡ ታዲያ ይኸው ጥበብ ከተለያዩ ቋንቋዎችና ባህሎች የተቀመረ ሲሆን፤ በዚህ ረገድ የበለጠ ጠንካራ ሚና ይጫወታል፡፡ ጃዝ የዚህ ሂደት ምሳሌ ነው፡፡ የጃዝ ሙዚቃ አነሳሱ ከደቡባዊ የአሜሪካ ክፍል ቢሆንም፤አመጣጡ ከአፍሪካ ነው፡፡ ጃዝ የአፍሪካና የአውሮፓ ሙዚቃዎች ውህድ ነው፡፡

ላለፉት ሃምሳ ዓመታት፣ አሜሪካ የጃዝ ባህሏን በዓለም ዙሪያ ላሉ ሕዝቦች ስታጋራ ቆይታለች፡፡ ጃዝ ሁሌም ለነፃነትና ለዴሞክራሲ የቆመ ከመሆኑም በላይ፤በተለይም ጭቆናና መድሎን በማስወገድ ረገድ በዓለም ዙሪያ በሁሉም ማዕዘናት ተፅዕኖ ሲፈጥር ይታያል፡፡ ጃዝ ሰፊውን የአሜሪካ ባህልና ታሪክ ጃዝ ለመላው ዓለም ያስተዋወቀ ቢሆንም፣ ዓለም አቀፍ የኪነጥበብ ቅርጽ ሆኖ እናገኘዋለን፡፡ ጃዝ በዓለም ዙሪያ ሲጓዝ ምርጥ ምርጡን ከየአገሩና ከየክፍላተ ዓለሙ ተበድሯል፡፡

ብዙ ቋንቋዎችን በማቀፉና አድናቂዎቹ ከተለያየ ዘር፣ሃይማኖት፣ብሔርና ዜግነት የመጡ ከመሆናቸው ጋር ተያይዞ፤ጃዝ በአንድ ዓይነት ብያኔ ሊገለጽ የሚችል ጥበብ አይደለም፡፡ 100ኛው የአሜሪካ ጉባኤ ጃዝን “የአሜሪካ ብርቅዬና ውድ ቅርስ” ብሎ ቢሰይመውም፤ ዛሬ ጃዝ የመላው ዓለም የጥበብ ሀብት መሆኑን እንገነዘባለን፡፡ የተባበሩት መንግሥታት የትምህርት፣የሳይንስና የባህል ድርጅት ባቀረበው ሀሳብ የመንግሥታቱ ድርጅት ጠቅላላ ጉባኤ እ.ኤ.አ. 2010ን “ዓለም አቀፍ የባህሎች ቀርኝት ዓመት” እንዲሆን አጽድቋል፤ጃዝንና አጠቃላይ ሙዚቃን ያጠቃለለው ይኸ ውሳኔ፤ ዛሬም ከአምስት ዓመታት በኋላ ጃዝ እና መዚቃ እንዲከበር አድርጓል፡፡

የአሜሪካ ኤምባሲ ግንቦት 5 ቀን 2007 ዓ.ም. ኅብረተሰቡ ስለ ጃዝ ያለውን ግንዛቤ እና አድናቆት ከፍ ለማድረግ፤እንዲሁም ሰላምን፣አንድነትንና መነጋገርን በማዳበር ረገድ የሚጫወተውን ሚና ለማጉላት በአፍሪካ ጃዝ መንደር የሙዚቃ ምሽት አዘጋጅቶ ነበር፡፡ የኢትዮ-ጃዝ አባት የሆኑት ታላቁ የሙዚቃ ሰው ዶ/ር ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ ከሌሎች ታዋቂ የሙዚቃ ሰዎች ጋር በመሆን ሥራቸውን አቅርበዋል፡፡ ትምህርትን፣ባህልን፣መገናኛ ብዙሃንን፣ንግድን እና ኪነጥበብን ጨምሮ በተለያዩ ዘርፎች የተሰማሩ ታዳሚዎች በተጋባዥነት ተገኝተዋል፡፡ ሙዚቃ እንደምን ከተለያየ የባህል ዳራ የሚመጡ ሰዎችን ያገናኛል ብለው ያስባሉ?

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