Our School Value for this half-term is Respect.
We uphold every person as a unique and worthy individual. Each should be empowered to function and thrive in their roles, whatever those may be.
Respect is a song originally released by American singer-songwriter Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for singer Aretha Franklin.
Here she is performing it in 1967:
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, and civil rights activist who became known as the Queen of Soul. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Watch her performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert:
Respecting each other
Watch this family playing their instruments. Can you see how much they enjoy making music together? Because they work together so well and respect what each other are doing they can make beautiful music.
Respect for musical traditions
Meet Malian traditional artist Yacouba Sissoko. Yacouba was born in Kita, Mali to a long line of jelis. A Jeli, also known as a griot, is a highly trained professional performer/musician whose abilities have been passed down through their family. For centuries, jelis have been the musical storytellers in West Africa, respected as keepers of history, interpreters of current events, advisers to rulers, and connectors of social groups and families.
Jelis hold the highest position of respect and authority for their work and they bring people together and make peace through music.
Yacouba Sissoko was born in Kita, Mali to a well known jeli family; his grandparents, mother, siblings, and many of his cousins are all jelis. Yacouba started learning the kora and the oral traditions associated with it from his grandfather at the age of nine.
Meet Yacouba https://vimeo.com/291190253
In this video you can watch Yacouba playing with another master musician, Jay Gandhi. Gandhi plays the North Indian classical bansuri flute and Sissoko the West African kora. Together they fuse sounds from India and Africa in a soulful musical exploration.
Respecting Differences - Do your thing by Basement Jaxx
Everyone is different and we should both respect and celebrate our differences. In their song, Basement Jaxx encourage you to do your thing and do it your. Here they are performing with a Big Band:
Respecting our planet
In order to help our planet to thrive, we first need to respect it, then work together to look after it.
Here are 2 piece of music that were written to help raise awareness and respect for our planet’s needs.
GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet - Choreographed by Diana Movius.
Diana Movius is a climate policy analyst in Washington D.C. She’s also a professionally trained ballet dancer and choreographer. Dance and environment have always been her two passions, ever since she was a child. For most of her life, her two identities have stayed separate. But as she watched a documentary about ice melt in the Arctic, Movius wondered if something could be translated to the stage.”
Movius created a ballet called “Glacier” for the contemporary dance troupe she directs. In it, dancers’ movements represent glaciers and floating sea ice as they flow, break, and melt. The choreography is paired with video footage from the Arctic.
This is an excerpt from the ballet:
Dharti Ma - A Tribute to Earth
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, some of the finest musicians in India collaborated to create the song Dharti Ma. “Dharti Ma” literally translates to Mother Earth and is a tribute to our planet. The song is an amalgamation of different styles from across India and has been sung in eight languages that span the length and breadth of the country.
Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, ambassador of Earth Day Network, says, “Music heals, music is a prayer. We are going through a very challenging time. Through the notes and the melody, we wish for good health and well being for the world.”
"I'm Alive" Brazil: The Floresta da Tijuca Sessions
To protect the rain forests of their native Brazil from further destruction, artists Caetano Veloso and Lenine, Criolo, Emicida and Pretinho da Serrinha – along with other Brazilian musicians came together in Rio de Janeiro’s Floresta da Tijuca to create a music film and the original composition, “I’m Alive: The Floresta da Tijuca Sessions.”