We’re now over halfway through our trip and into the fourth week of the six week programme. The staff have begun to take a more active role in the sessions; they have started leading activities, and take a lively interest in discussing the needs of individuals and groups with regard to Interactive Music Making.
This week, in addition to our usual timetable, we were filmed running a music therapy group and then interviewed by a film crew from Brazil who are making a documentary about the work of Rwanda Aid, our hosts. They observed us with an energetic group of deaf children, using different interactive musical activities based on body movement, dancing and visual cues. It was clear to see how much the children relished having their turn to lead the group, and as Rwanda Aid were involved in the building of the new centre at Ngwino Nawe, they found it very moving to see the children having such a positive experience.
To coincide with the Brazilians’ stay David, the head of Rwanda Aid, organised another musical evening. As last time, this saw a fantastic mixture of international musical offerings, including a local Rwandan dance troupe and choir, Brazilian songs, flamenco dancing, group vocal improvisation and folk music from Yorkshire. We were no better at the Rwandan dancing than last time!
The week ended with staff from both centres coming for another training session on Friday. This time seems to be providing a really good opportunity for the staff to get to know each other and learn from each others’ work. The staff at Nkanka composed a goodbye song, which they shared with us all, so we’ll close with the lyrics (our own phonetic spellings; apologies to you Kinyarwanda speakers out there!).
Muraweho tuzengiera tubonane
Goodbye, we’ll see each other again
Nicky and Caroline