Movimiento Manglar was involved in a beautiful creative project this April which resulted in the recodring of an original song and profesional video!
This song and video was a result of a two-month-long project involving the children and youth of Bello Oriente in Medellín, supported by several foundations and the Medellín Mayor's Office.
The video, opens with stamping of the kids feet, marking the heartbeat of of the Bello Oriente neighbourhood. of the Bello Oriente neighbourhood. The camera weaves through its bustling streets, capturing glimpses of its people and their daily lives. Amid the images of the locality, a consistent thread of resilience and hope shines through, painting a vibrant portrait of a community full of life despite its challenges.
The song at the heart of the video was the project's focal point. Composed by Dario Eraso, and performed by the children and youth of Bello Oriente, the song is an joyous and optimistic testament to the young spirit of the community.
The lyrics have an inspiring message: if you think positive and send love, things around you will flourish:
"Hoy pienso bonito / Alegría hay en mi corazón / Hoy vivo el momento / Respiro profundo, aquí estoy"
The music, a blend of traditional Colombian rhythms and reggae, perfectly mirrors the fusion of old and new that defines Bello Oriente.
This initiative has been more than just a creative outlet. It's been a platform for the young participants to express their experiences, hopes, and aspirations. It has nurtured their talent, building their confidence and sparking a belief in their ability to effect change in their lives and their community.
The involvement of local foundations and the support of the Medellín Mayor's Office have been instrumental in this transformative project. This collaboration exemplifies the potential of public-private partnerships to make a meaningful impact in vulnerable communities. It’s an example of how nurturing creativity and talent in young people can spark hope, inspire change, and build stronger, more resilient communities.