Giving peace a chance? Music can drive us apart as much as it unites

Giving peace a chance? Music can drive us apart as much as it unites

Music played in the flute bands of Northern Ireland has similarly strong and contentious associations. Some tunes were so potent that in some parts of the country, whistling a short phrase has resulted in violence … The key to this is whether music is being used to bond people who already consider themselves to be alike, or whether it connects those who for whatever reason consider each other “different”.

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