The 11th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days will take place this October 1-31.
During the month-long initiative, artists from around the globe will be calling for tolerance. Musicians of all genres are invited to participate in this global programme, sponsored by the Daniel Pearl Foundation, by simply making a dedication to “Harmony for Humanity” from the stage or in a printed programme. Interested parties register their performances at www.danielpearlmusicdays.org, where they create an Artist Profile page with information, photos and links to their designated Web sites.
In 2011, there were more than 2,000 events in 83 countries, contributing to a total of nearly 10,000 performances worldwide since 2002. Sir Elton is a member of the Honorary Committee.
The inspiration for World Music Days comes from journalist and musician Daniel Pearl, the former Wall Street Journal South Asia Bureau Chief who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan shortly after 9/11. Danny had used his pen and violin to connect people and spread friendship through journalism and music wherever he traveled. Since October 2002, musicians have rallied annually during Danny’s birthday month to commemorate his life’s work and use music to unite people around their common humanity.
The Daniel Pearl Foundation works domestically and internationally to foster cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, to counter cultural and religious intolerance, to cultivate responsible and balanced journalism, and to inspire unity and friendship through music.