BE INSPIRED BY MUSIC

RHYTHMS, MELODIES, INSTRUMENTS & SONGS

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"Music is a universal language which can be found in every place there are people. Whether it’s rhythms, melodies, instruments or songs, they are learnt everywhere, each country and culture has its own style. 

What can be forgotten is that ‘western’ music isn’t the only type of music worthy of recognition, teaching and learning. There is a whole world of musical instruments being played and songs being sung all the time, kept within the small communities of their origins. 

The Last Chance Project, aims to introduce the instruments and teach the songs to the wider world so that the music becomes universal and isn’t confined to the realms of where it originated. 

Everyone should have the opportunity to learn the music of different cultures before even those within those communities and cultures forget how special their music is.” 

Martha-Lilly Dyer, Dip ABRSM

Nixiwaka Yawanawá from the Yawanawá tribe in the Amazon rainforest 

Nixiwaka is an Amazon Indian from the rainforest of Brazil. You can meet Nixiwaka when exploring chapter 1 - 'Spirit of the Rainforest'. Nixiwaka kindly sang this tribal song for us, and many schools and children around the world learnt the words and performed the song in their own schools whilst engaging on their pieces of art for the project. 

‘Happiness’ (the translation of Wacomãya) 
Wako ma ya
Tonepîdayke
Pîda kãnaroo
Wako ma ya 
Tonepîdayke 
Pîda kãnaroo
Tozake opara
Tonepîdayke
Pîda kãnaroo
Ahe ehe
Ahe waya
Wacomãya
Wacomãya
Wacomãya
Wacomãya Heeee aaaa.

Do you want to hear rainforest rain in your school? 

Your children can make that happen! Martha-Lilly Dyer demonstrates how to get your entire school creating the sound of a tropical rainstorm.

Playing Flute in the Amazon Rainforest

"Last week I had the incredible opportunity, whilst taking part in Last Chance to Paint, to perform this incredible piece of new flute music, ‘Yuxi Yuve’, by Jake Thorpe. The music is based on the Yawanawá’s Amazonian water spirit and inspired by the painting ‘Yuxi Yuve’ by my father John Dyer. Performing it both to the school children of the Yawanawá and in the Amazon rainforest was amazing!! In the school everyone relaxed, breathed and listened. It was beautiful. Playing in the rainforest was amazing with all the sounds of the insects and birds creating a musical backing to my playing. Butterflies flew past and landed on me too! I hope you enjoy my performance.” Martha-Lilly Dyer

Playing Flute with the Penan Tribe in Borneo

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