Music for Peace is a network of local artists based in the conflict-affected northern parts of Uganda. Its vision is to harness the power of music to promote peacebuilding and positive social change in Africa.
Listen to 'One Africa' by Music for Peace and the Freetong Players International (FPI) of Sierra Leone:
Music for Peace encourages peaceful messages in music and promotes cultural musical and artistic exchanges between musicians in different conflict affected regions in Africa. It organises an annual 'Peace Music Competition' and exchange visits by artists and musicians across the continent, as well as conducting peace music parades and workshops.
Exchange Visit to Sierra Leone
In May 2010, Music For Peace embarked on its first exchange visit, linking up with the Freetong Players International (FPI), a community theatre troupe in Sierra Leone. The visit was designed to link together groups who use the arts as a way of fostering dialogue and conflict resolution. One of the products of the visit was the song 'One Africa', which you can listen to above.
In 2016, we participated in a professional fellowship program in Massachusetts, United States on tolerance and conflict resolution organised by US State Department and ITD in collaboration with Smith College and other local partners.
In 2017, we performed to fundraise for a hip surgery of an accident victim to allow him walk again which was successful with the help of other community members.
In 2017, we supported and performed in one of the first and biggest festival in northern Uganda - OpenMic Festival.
In 2018, we fundraised for Peace and Hope for Humanity an organization that works to end gender based violence.
Recently, in November 2019, we supported and performed at Wer Wer Festival of Arts in Gulu and it was a great success and most memorable.
Since 2017 we have annually supported a charity drive organised by SUTEDO to fundraise and support persons living with diabetes through various healthcare facilities in Gulu district.
We have a fully functional music recording studio which has provided space to record peace songs and songs for positive social change.
Music for Peace has a live band that has conducted or supported a number community performances.
We have also engaged our public sound equipment to enhance positive social change through community awareness drives in Gulu district.