In September 2015 In Place of War set up a music festival in Makakoba township in southern Zimbabwe. Suffering from extreme disadvantage, most residents had never seen a music festival before. Local musicians, German band Symbiz and UK artists Blak Twang and Silvastone performed.
As well as organising the festival, In Place of War are currently building a cultural centre where local artists will be able to learn and record their music for free. This video speaks to local people from Makakoba who explain why both the festival and the cultural centre are so vital for the township. It also includes interviews with local artist AWA, and the international acts on the importance of music in areas of conflict.
The idea was sparked when charity manager Ruth Daniel met some local children taking strong drugs and realised they needed a more creative and worthwhile outlet. Speaking to camera, Ruth explains why she got involved in Makakoba, what happened during the festival and the incredible success she’s already had collecting musical equipment in the UK.
To learn more about the inspirational work IPOW do around the world, or to get involved, visit: http://www.inplaceofwar.net/