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From Asheville to Uganda: Students connect with music

From Asheville to Uganda: Children and adults at Artspace Charter School break through a language barrier by connecting with their minds and hearts. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

From Asheville to Uganda: Children and adults at Artspace Charter School break through a language barrier by connecting with their minds and hearts.

"I can be anti-social and not talk very much, but when I'm dancing you're in a different place," said Maya, an 8th-grader. "When you do that with other people it brings you together in a different place. So we all kinda know each other without knowing each other."

The band members play and the dancers dance. There is electricity in the air as students from Asheville combine their talents with students from Uganda.

It's part of a cultural exchange program in Swannanoa. The lead instructor and musician, Kinobe, is known around the world .

He says through music, we can speak to each other without ever saying a word.

"In a few minutes different countries, different cultures, can be in the same room with different languages and different music and a different way of life. The experience inspires both groups to enjoy each other," Kinobe said.

The band students brought out their instruments and played along with the Ugandan drummers.

So far the Ugandan musicians have visited 35 schools in 15 different states.

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