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Meet the volunteers bringing back the sound of music to Switzerland

If you were passionate about a cause, would you give up a well-paid job for it – even if it drove your parents mad?

That’s what Ya Wang from Beijing, China, did, and now he’s helping other volunteers to promote youth empowerment through concerts, through the organization, Up With People.

They’re on tour in Switzerland, which is where UN News’s Daniel Johnson caught up with Ya, along with fellow cast member Ahmed Hassan from Aleppo, Syria, who has his own story to tell.

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An 'inclusive and free art form’ composer Antonio Sánchez lauds jazz, ahead of International Day

Written into the quest for human dignity, democracy and civil rights, the story of jazz is celebrated worldwide on 30 April, with the support of the UN culture agency, UNESCO. Mexican jazz composer and drummer Antonio Sánchez, defines jazz simply as “freedom”, highlighting its inclusive power to bring “different elements together, transforming it into something greater.” He spoke to UN News’s Antonio Lafuente.

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Rap star who uses music to shrug off bullying and depression, tells his story at UN Geneva

Growing up with albinism was so difficult for Robdarius Brown that he was tempted to take his own life. Now he’s a rap star and activist who challenges discrimination to help others like him, who face bullying and worse because their hair, eyes and skin lack colour. In an interview with UN News, RobenX, as he's known, tells Daniel Johnson how music has  helped him do this.

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Trials of refugee camp life inspire South Sudan singers

The challenges of day-to-day life in a refugee camp have inspired two young singers in South Sudan to write a song about their experiences.

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Jazz Day celebrations showcase Cuba's rich musical heritage

An all-star concert in the Cuban capital, Havana,  is the centerpiece of this year's celebrations for International Jazz Day on Sunday, 30 April.

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On International Day, UNESCO spotlights power of jazz to promote dialogue among cultures

Marking International Jazz Day, the United Nations cultural agency today stressed the power of jazz to unite people and its contribution to peace.

#RememberSlavery: African rhythms permeate Cuban music

More than 15 million African men, women and children were brought to the New World due to the transatlantic slave trade, which the UN has described as one of the darkest chapters in human history.

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Musicians’ stories shine a unique light on Mali conflict

Making a documentary about the conflict in Mali was inherently risky, but those risks “were nothing” compared to those facing the people of Mali since 2012, a filmmaker has said.

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Music, like UN promotes international “peace of mind”

Music and the UN both have the ability to promote international “peace of mind” and “emotional health”.

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New UNICEF Ambassador to use power of music to promote peace

A “piano prodigy” from Jordan will use his musical talents to advocate for some of the world’s most marginalized children, particularly those caught in conflict, violence and poverty.

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