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July 24th, 2009
03:13 PM ET

Music As A Universal Language

Kyra's passionate about culture and and fascinated by the way we share it.

When she saw this story by freelance journalist Seema Mathur she wanted to make sure you saw it too.

Here's Seema's story:

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music has been held in Fez, Morocco since 1994.

It was inspired after the first Gulf War.

Festival organizers hoped to use music as a tool to unite people.

Musicians from all over the world annually perform in Fez, a city with a history for open dialogue.

In the 9th century Al- Karaouine University was built.

It's considered the oldest university in the Islamic world.

It was a place where Islamic and Jewish studies occurred

Today festival organizers say that spirit of tolerance lives in the annual festival.

For musicians like Yuval Ron, who is highlighted in the video piece, it's a platform to express his message.

Vance Holmes: Photographer
Rob Davis: Audio
Jon Lincycomb: Editor
Fernando Dubove: Executive Producer

The Yuval Ron Ensemble performs in LA on July 26th

Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

Filed under: Kyra Phillips
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Yvonne Schreuder

    Music as a Universal Language....
    Thank you so much for this inspiring CNN-Video !
    Amazing how you can catch the Essence of the Fes-Festival in only 4 minutes.
    How powerful are the wise words of Yuval Ron,and how beautiful his music.
    I really hope that lots of people will see this video!
    Yvonne Schreuder.
    The Netherlands,Europe

    July 28, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  2. Svetlana Frolova

    What a great story – music is the language of peace. The Fez Festival is the coming together in Morocco of Muslims, Jews, and Christians to share this language.
    I want to go there next year!

    July 30, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  3. Adam Zemmouj

    As a native Moroccan, I take pride in what the Moroccan culture has evolved to be throughout history, and what it will always offer to the rest of the world. More importantly, I congratulate Seema Mathur and her crew to have captured a glimpse of that culture in her segments. The World Sacred Music Festival of Fez is a testament to the openness and the inclusive nature of its people. The corroboration of musicians from different backgrounds, and at times with hostile past, often produces a thing of beauty. Music indeed, is a language of peace –not to mention it stirring our funny bone!
    Keller, Texas.

    August 8, 2009 at 7:23 am |
  4. Ritu

    A very nice presentation!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:15 am |