Music in Peace Building: LOYOC Embraces a New Dimension
If wars begin in the minds of men, then it is in these minds that the wars should be fought and ended. Our weapon? Music. Music has always been an eloquent language used to express feelings, situations and happenings. It is inseparable from our social, political, economic and cultural reality and thus stands as another strong tool to communicate to the most rigid minds.
After countless talks, sensitisations, and most recently sports, Local Youth Corner is about to engage on a new option which is music as a tool to pass across the message of peace.
It is in this perspective that Mr. Achaleke Christian, LOYOC National Coordinator, received Wams (Mr Klassic) at the LOYOC headquarters on Thursday 11th January 2018. This young, talented, Cameroonian song writer and singer has been into music for the past 14years. His imprint is embedded in his desire to use his talent to sensitise the public on issues plaguing our society and as he describes it, music is a tool capable of bettering though not changing the world if it is used to promote a good cause.
After a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication, Wams developed an interest in writing songs for movies, documentaries and community based campaigns. One of the first of such songs was his afro-soul “Africa love” used as theme song in Paul Samba’s ‘Too Deep’ movie. His maiden release ‘Newsman” is a narration of the mishaps of an investigation journalist in the 60’s. It therefore comes without much surprise that this outstanding artists has now picked an interest in passing across the message of peace.
During the long discussion with the Local Youth Corner team, Mr Klassic reiterated his desire to put his talent to use in advocating for peace in the country amidst the growing waves of insecurity . The National Coorndinator elaborated the works and achievements of LOYOC as well as her upcoming projects in the sphere of peace building and counter violent extremism. An upcoming project in focus is the Creative Skills for Peace Project which once more employs LOYOCs peer to peer approach in building skills and capacity of young people in detention and correction facilities. Mr Wams was fascinated to learn of so many prominent actors in Cameroons showbiz industry who have already pledged to be part of the project.These include fashion stylist, and creative director of the Louis Fame Clothing, Louis Fame. At the close of the encounter, ground works were set for signing of a partnership convention between Local Youth Corner and Wams in the nearest future. Thus, Local Youth Corner’s peace messages will soon be echoed in lovely melodies.