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Back to listJul 31, 2005

Youth World Peace Music Festival Held in Hiroshima to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of End of World War II

Hiroshima youth music fest appeals for a world at peace
Drummers of the Maidaiko Asuka Gumi express Hiroshima's anger towards war and passion for creating lasting peace

In the evening of July 30, some 20,000 youth gathered for a Youth World Peace Music Festival at Hiroshima Central Park, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. The show featured the Soka Gakkai Chubu Fife-and-Drum Corps, Maidaiko Asuka Gumi, a professional Japanese taiko drum group; Chinese classical harp performance and poetry recitation. World renowned jazz legends Herbie Hancock (piano), Wayne Shorter (saxophone) and Lionel Loueke (guitar) also performed. Through their music, the artists sent a "Message of Peace from Hiroshima to the World."

Jazz legends pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Wayne Shorter and guitarist Lionel Loueke appeal for fresh ideals and creative action for the sake of peace

In an interview, Herbie Hancock said he believes all living things in nature have a harmonious rhythm. Birds and their cries, the wind blowing and leaves rustling create universal music. Humans, too, need to contribute to this universal harmony. Mr. Hancock hoped to give shape to people's spirit of peace through music, the great equalizer and harmonizer. Wayne Shorter said he appealed to the people through his music that "It's not too late." Historically, humanity has been unable to escape the cycles of wars and conflicts. However, if people become impetuous and impatient, they may despair that "it's too late" and make no progress. Mr. Shorter hoped people everywhere would take action toward the common goal of peace with a tenacious spirit.

Hiroshima City, Chugoku Shimbun, RCC Broadcasting Company and other regional television and radio stations sponsored the event, which was organized by RCC Frontier and Soka Gakkai.

Chugoku Fife-and-Drum Corps representatives perform a welcome march
Gong Xiaoning of China plays the guzheng, classical Chinese dulcimer