INSTITUT DE MUSICOLOGIE DE GITEGA
appointed to organize
“THE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY”
On 30th April 2017 in Bujumbura, BURUNDI
(Photo: Professional Guitar player Magloire, alias Buddy, and his Friend Tanga, leaders of JAZZ music in Burundi)
Under the theme “JAZZ UNITES US”, the Burundian private Music Institution, INSTITUT DE MUSICOLOGIE DE GITEGA has just been appointed by UNESCO to organize “THE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY” on April 30, 2017, in Bujumbura, Burundi. Our Editor checks with the head of the Institution:
EDITOR: Congratulations, Bishop Dr. Justin Baransananikiye, President and Director of Institut de Musicologie de Gitega. For the first time your Institution is honored on the international level, especially through this unique worldwide program known as “THE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY” celebration. Could we know how you came to this point and what this event is about?
Bishop Dr.JUSTIN: Thanks. On February 13th we have been contacted by the UNESCO Headquarters Office in Paris, France, inviting our ‘Institut de Musicologie de Gitega’ to join in the worldwide program of celebrating “THE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY” on April 30th this year. We have accepted and have soon launched our event campaign on the UNESCO website.
EDITOR: What kind of activities have you planned for the celebration?
Bishop JUSTIN: First there will be a presentation of the History of JAZZ along with videos. Then will come the final of the competition of performing Jazz Music by burundian groups. And finally, various dances will follow.
EDITOR: Wonderful. Now, could we know a little bit more about how the INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY came to exist?
Bishop JUSTIN: Yes. In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. Through this united effort, International Jazz Day is the one day each year that jazz is celebrated worldwide, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities in 195 countries. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual worldwide celebration. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly officially welcomed the decision by the General Conference of UNESCO to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. The United Nations called upon its Member States to participate actively in the celebration of International Jazz Day in order to develop and increase intercultural exchanges and understanding between cultures for the purpose of mutual comprehension and tolerance. International Jazz Day, April 30, is recognized on the official calendars of both the United Nations and UNESCO.
EDITOR: Thanks. More stories in our next article.
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