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For the Love of Peace!

A Jazz concert inspired by the World's flag bearers of Peace - Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

As part of their 50th Anniversary, GDT produced a jazz concert – For the Love of Peace! GDT was ecstatic to have Witness Matlou be a part of the celebration. Nelson Mandela, M.K. Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. inspired the concert - the beacons of Peace from around the world! The concert featured Witness’s composition, which is inspired by Nelson Mandela and is a social and political reflection on the history of South Africa, with a message of love, hope, and unity. The Witness Matlou Trio with Michael Woods and Eric Krieger accompanied Witness Matlou. This was followed by a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace by Anne Harris Carter, the violinist performing with Witness. The dancers of GDT honored Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas K. Gandhi through movement.

The event was held in the Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines on Saturday, October 15, 2022.


The show was followed by a short Q&A with the audience, where Witness answered a few questions. The audience was absolutely taken by the audience and asked for more such events. They praised the beauty of the art and were mesmerized by the finesse of the dancers. They agreed that it was indeed "a fine way to engage with the finer arts on a Fall evening"!

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