Sauti Ya Mtoto Blog

img-20190418-wa0005My Name is Francis Odhiambo, Africa4Her champion 2019 Kenya, an EndFGM Activist and the man behind Sauti ya Mtoto music tour, as an EndFgm Activist I have gone through a lot of challenges including meeting with rebellious community who doesn’t want to see you campaigning or advocating on issues concerning Female Genital Mutilation.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Female genital mutilation, also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. The practice is found in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe and the United States of America. Late last year as I was doing my end year project called WE ARE THE ONES a cover song from the Michael Jackson song ` WE ARE THE WORLD’ comprises of Singing, Poem and Spoken words, these song was a collaboration with young girls from kuria who are very passionate with music and art as a way of reaching to their community.
During this project, I realized that through music and poems the girls were now finding the opportunity to express them self on whatever they have been undergoing, this was the only platform that these young girls had to communicate to their parents and guardians on what they were feeling and what they were going through.
Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. General definitions of music include common elements such as pitch, rhythm, dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements.
Music has long been an effective way to communicate to the masses, and lyrics have played a massive role. Scholars have found evidence that emotions can be influenced by purely instrumental music. However, only a few studies exploring music and emotion have included lyrics can be used to improve clients’ quality of life. Music therapy is an evidence-based, clinical use of music interventions.
Music therapy is the use of music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of a group or individual. It employs a variety of activities, such as listening to melodies, playing an instrument, drumming, writing songs, and guided imagery.
1. Music therapy reduces anxiety and physical effects of stress
2. It improves healing
3. It can help manage Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
4. Music therapy reduces depression and other symptoms in the elderly
5. It helps to reduce symptoms of psychological disorders including schizophrenia
6. Music therapy improves self-expression and communication
Since the earliest days of humankind, music and the power of music, has been evident to us. After World War II, a new profession entered the arena – music therapy. With far-reaching benefits and in a variety of settings, the types and methods of music therapy have had a profound impact.
Used in conjunction with traditional therapies, positive psychology, and even as a stand-alone intervention, music therapy offers a variety of benefits. It is these benefits we will evaluate here.