The meeting, in which an orchestra of migrant musicians based in Argentina will also participate, aims to make the terrible problem visible.
In the framework of the World Day of Music without Borders, next Sunday 22nd of November, at 9:00 p.m. the UNHCR Argentina Foundation will hold the first edition of the Concert with Refugees, via streaming, with the participation of Pedro Aznar, Natalie Pérez and Connie Isla, along with a dozen musicians who are members of the Latin Vox Machine Symphony Orchestra, composed mainly of migrant musicians, refugees and displaced people of different nationalities living in Argentina
Is about an exclusive and free meeting to honor the resilience of those forced to leave their land and to celebrate solidarity through music. The event seeks to make visible the situation that more than 79 million refugees and displaced people in the world, of which about 40% are boys and girls, and to raise awareness about a problem that is recognized as the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
In this first edition, Germán Paoloski will lead the match, and those who participate in the event will be able to hear unique versions of famous musical themes, with arrangements made especially for this occasion by the Venezuelan teachers Juan Pablo Correa, Francisco Duque and Joram Betancourt.
The orchestra was created in 2017 by producer and composer Omar Zambrano, who joined 35 Venezuelan musicians who used to play on the subway and public places of Buenos Aires. In 2019, LVM received recognition as an Embassy of Peace from the international peace movement Mil Milenios de Paz, thanks to its tireless work in spreading messages of unity, solidarity and brotherhood among nations. Today, the group is made up of more than 150 artists.
“I agreed to participate in this initiative because music unites and expresses the deepest part of us. It allows us to communicate from a common place, that of emotions, save wounds and generate encounters. I think music can be a bridge to achieve understanding between peoples, so that we all think twice before rejecting someone for being different, and wanting to embrace that difference, understand it as a contribution and that, ultimately, we are a great family “, said Aznar, about The initiative.
“From UNHCR Argentina Foundation we seek to carry a message of hope and unity through the Concert with Refugees, a solidarity hug to those who have lost everything. The concert is presented as a space for exchange and integration between artists of different nationalities who will unite through music as a universal language without borders, that is why we chose to hold it on World Music Day “, explained Facundo Funes, Director of Communication from the UNHCR Argentina Foundation.
Meanwhile, Natalie Pérez said she was excited to “be supporting this cause and being able to share the stage with Pedro Aznar, Connie Isla and the Latin Vox Machine musicians.” The singer and actress also explained why she decided to interpret Hymn of my heart.
“It is a song that Argentines know a lot and its lyrics reflect what we want to tell: the fact that how a person crosses borders as can, after being forcibly forced to leave, leaving behind his people, his family and his love; and how his flag and his love for his country and its people lead him to improve himself as a person in another land ”, he said.
Isla also revealed what song she is going to sing, and gave her reasons. “I chose to interpret The love after Love because I think that’s what it’s about, resignify the links that refugees had in their homeland in a new place; to start from scratch and re-believe or live love from another place ”.
To be part of the Concert with Refugees you just have to register and reserve the places in www.conciertoconlosrefugiados.org Y join the Blue Ponchos to support the cause of refugees, the biggest humanitarian crisis since WWII. Such is the magnitude of this situation that, according to the latest figures from UNHCR’s annual report on Global Trends, displaced people in the world went from 41 million in 2010 to 79.5 million in 2020, the equivalent of the population of almost two Argentines.