Joy Caravan Echternach (2014)

The EME Foundation led the Joy project for more than two years throughout Luxembourg. Each time, the senior partners of a care home were brought together for ten weeks with children from a day-care centre to play the djembé under the direction of Robert Bodja. With his unique feeling for people and music, he introduced his “drum apprentices” to the basic techniques of the djembé, practiced rhythm and singing, and asked for full concentration and application. The children reacted enthusiastically: the result was some unique moments, with the musicians fusing and drumming as if there was no tomorrow. Origin and age ceased to exist: only the music and the uncontrollable joy of the moment remained.

The third stop-off took place in Echternach, where the children from Arcus a.s.b.l. drummed together with the seniors from the care homes “Am Schleeschen” and “Belle-Vue” between January and March 2014. The project culminated in a big concert on 28 March 2014 in Echternach.