The beginning of this program centered around a brand new instrument, Venova, for children with little or no experience playing an instrument before. They put their best effort to learn how to play the Colombian national anthem with this reed instrument which delivers the feel of a conventional wind instrument and easy fingering as that of a recorder.
However, their hard work for over half a year was not easy. In the slum area, you have to face the physical challenges to get to cities and practice every day. With kindness and sometimes strict support from their families, they finally faced the big day.
Sunday, September 30th. A match of the Colombian Premier Football League. After a video showing “journey”, the names of 26 heroes were called and entered the football field with the players of Atlético Nacional football club, in front of a huge crowd.
Football is extremely popular in Colombia. Atlético Nacional, especially, is a strong Medellín-based club that has won the Colombian national league championship 16 times. Children are particularly awestruck by the players of Atlético Nacional.
After the performance, their faces were held high, looking straight forward with pride. Through interaction with music for the past six months, children felt that something has changed within themselves. They overcame the invisible barrier and became a hero.
Yamaha will continue to believe in the power of music and face social challenges in various ways through our activities.