I was at the World Music Day Celebration here in Hyderabad, India on the 21st of June 2013 and it was quite interesting.
The 21st of June of every year which happens to be the first day of summer and the longest day of the year with the sun setting after 10pm in France is a very special day for musicians and music lovers worldwide; it is the Fete de la Musique or World Music Day. The first Fete de la Musique celebration was in Paris in 1982. The event after its launch in Paris in 1982 has become popular in other countries like India and Nigeria through the support of the Alliance France. I have attended about three different episodes of this event in Nigeria and it was graced by great Nigerian Musicians like Femi Anikulapo-Kuti (the son of the Late Afro-Music Legendary FELA), Lagbaja (the masked Musician) Dede Mabiaku, Yinka Davies and some upcoming musicians.
Here in Hyderabad, India, the event coincides with the monsoon; a period characterized by torrential rain. It attracted 40 local talents comprising of amateurs and professional musicians and created a common platform for them to perform on the same stage and entertain the audience. As for the audience, the event was a great opportunity to escape from the busy roads of Hyderabad to a more serene environment to relax their brains and watch live performance of different genre of music at no cost: Carnatic, Rock, Gospel and Hindi songs. This wonderful event was put together by the Alliance France, Goethe Institut, Taj and Hyderabad Music Foundation.