Grammy-winning music producer Ian Brennan, who has worked with filmmaker John Waters, Merle Haggard, Green Day, and many others, has also taught violence prevention and conflict resolution around the world. His newest book is Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth (PM Press) features information about musicians from South Sudan to Kosovo, including the author’s experiences recording music by the Tanzania Albinism Collective, the Zomba Prison Project, a witch camp”in Ghana, the Vietnamese war veterans of Hanoi Masters, the Malawi Mouse Boys, the Canary Island whistlers, genocide survivors in both Cambodia and Rwanda, and more.
Performing as part of tonight’s program are The Good Ones, a trio of Rwandan genocide survivors who play joyous, acoustic love songs written in the ancient local, Kinyarwanda street dialect of the outskirts of their nation's capital, Kigali. Primary songwriter Adrien Kazigira interweaves intricate harmonies with co-singer, Janvier Havugimana. The Good Ones roots music is so strongly regarded that multiple respected artists have collaborated on their forthcoming third album, including members of the Grammy-nominated groups Wilco and TV on the Radio, as well as members of Sleater-Kinney, My Bloody Valentine, and Fugazi.