“Everybody should see this,” said an awestruck Andrew Gibbs, Headteacher at the Dubai English Speaking College. Heads nodded and feet tapped in unison with the lively, upbeat and hopeful music. The musicians too were listening and watched one another in admiration, as they learnt from each other.
The opportunity to witness a musical conversation between Central Asian and Middle Eastern cultures and languages is rare. It was an important occasion for both the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Music Initiative, intent on bridging cross-cultural gulfs that have existed for the past hundred years.
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