Music

recording and mixing board

Events are organized about (hearing) health, acoustics and the sound environment, recording and reproduction techniques, the relationship between image and sound, and musical expression and education.

The history of jazz has its roots in the encounter of the peoples and cultures of Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. As a jazz musician, Paolo Fresu reckons that music is a language that belongs to everyone, and so does peace, bringing us all together, regardless of religion, race, geography, etc.

Grammy-nominated musician and United Nations Regional Goodwill Ambassador - Africa for environment, Rocky Dawuni straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the United States to create an appealing sound that unites generations and cultures.

Legendary Sahelian artists together with UNOCHA have created and launched The Sahel Song.

BTS band members with UNICEF backpacks

UNICEF and pop icons BTS are marking the groundbreaking success of the LOVE MYSELF campaign this week, with the campaign reaching almost every country in the world with positive messages of self-care.

This music video aims to raise awareness among young Mauritanians and refugees on the dangers of COVID-19 and its impact on the world of work.

BTS - "Permission to Dance" performed at the United Nations General Assembly

BTS, the award-winning K-Pop boy band and Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture of the Republic of Korea, performed at the UN in New York at the SDG Moment convened by Secretary-General António Guterres on the eve of the opening of the High-level Week dedicated to accelerating action on the SDGs. 

UNESCO hosts this unique event with female jazz artists from Africa in celebration of the tenth anniversary of International Jazz Day. Jazz has important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity. Jazz women in Africa are making their voices and music heard. Check out the event.

Kim Sledge, Grammy Award winning international artist and member of the legendary group Sister Sledge, and global social impact enterprise the World We Want, have joined forces with the World Health Organization and the WHO Foundation to promote global solidarity and health for all through the “W

opera performance

Today, the works of almost no living composers are performed on global opera stages. Is granting exclusive rights to new opera works actually excluding them from the stage?

screens of some of the singers

Mentored by Grammy winner Ricky Kej, 24 refugee musicians in India came together in a song of hope and kindness.

violinists

“Music feeds my soul. I listen to music when I am happy and when I am sad,” says Rawnaq. With her band, she plays music on the streets, raising awareness about women’s rights and shattering stereotypes.

From the safety of our homes, the musicians of the UN Symphony Orchestra performed this spirited and uplifting waltz in response to the present deadly pandemic. Our combined performance is intended as an expression of our common bond as citizens and musicians of our United Nations.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo’s Pata Pata, is a fresh take on Miriam Makeba’s 1967 hit song. Once called the “world’s most defiantly joyful song”, Pata Pata has been re-recorded by Kidjo to spread information about COVID-19, with a focus on hundreds of millions of people in remote communities around the world. UNICEF put out a call to the global public, asking people to submit videos of themselves dancing to the song in their homes and gardens, while observing various COVID-19 lockdown, containment and curfew rules. The response was overwhelming.

Trumpet player and base player on stage.

Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones. On November 2011 UNESCO proclaimed 30 April as International Jazz Day to raise awareness of the virtues of jazz as a force for cooperation among people. Jazz music embraces the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies. This important international art form is celebrated for promoting peace and dialogue.