The impact of music in Zama Zama

Published on 15 November 2016

A reminder of how God uses the broken to reveal His beauty.

Music therapist Anine Viljoen shares a heart-warming account of how music has helped children in Zama Zama discover exuberant joy. Every week, the children impress her with their rhythm and how well they dance to the African beat. 

Anine developed a special bond with two-year old Tshepo and was sad when he left for six months. She was overjoyed when he returned. Anine shares, “Tshepo recognised me immediately and soon made it clear that he would be my little helper during sessions. He often took the lead in Music, playing rhythmically and responsively, and at times, to my amusement, even rebuking other group members when they were not ‘behaving’.  Even now, Tshepo continues to help those younger than him during Music, assisting the young babies to play and dance, or holding out instruments for others to play. It was heart-warming to see how he had grown into such a confident and musical two-year old!”

Kiara is a little girl who began her journey at the school as a malnourished, underweight and neglected young baby. Anine and the teachers had to work with Kiara in the baby room for a few months. She was afraid to play on the instruments and often cried when Anine came too close. After a year of short interactions, Kiara joins the group sessions with energy and delight. Anine is still surprised when Kiara opens her arms for Anine to pick her up. Anine’s interactions and musical activities with the children remind her of a ‘music child’ - the healthy, beautiful core within every human being, no matter how ill, hurt or disabled. Anine believes it serves as reminder of how God uses the broken to reveal His beauty.