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Abraham Jam by Vicki Garlock

The Interfaith Observer
November 2018

“What people don’t see on stage is that our three lifestyles – as men with families, as artists, and as people deeply committed to our individual faith traditions – have come together to embody mutual respect and admiration.”

          – Dawud Wharnsby, Canadian writer, artisan, and musician

 

It all started in 2010 when Ontario, Canada-based Dawud Wharnsby was contacted by David LaMotte, who was working on peace and justice issues with the North Carolina Council of Churches. Anti-Muslim sentiment was on the rise in the Raleigh-Durham area, and David wanted to jump-start a counter-movement. “I was looking to start with university students,” David said, “which meant there had to be music.” The beauty of that first concert was palpable as Dawud Wharnsby (a Muslim), David LaMotte (a Christian), and Dan Nichols (a Jew), shared the stage with one another to promote interfaith harmony and inter-religious dialogue.

A few years later, the band Abraham Jam, now with Billy Jonas (replacing Dan Nichols), was formed. But they are no longer simply sharing the stage with one another; they are merging their individual talents to create a unique sound that highlights the distinctive beauty of interfaith bridge-building. They released their first CD a few days ago, just a week after performing at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. But the bigger message is how the members of Abraham Jam – all accomplished musicians and artists in their own right – honor the beauty of both their commonalities and their differences.

Continue to read the full Interfaith Observer article here

Abraham Jam’s recent performance at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions – Photo: Vicki Garlock

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Abraham Jam on Al Jazeera Television

Abraham Jam’s first Canadian performance at Toronto’s 2018 Muslimfest was a tremendous joy and honour for our little trio.  While embracing the incredible weekend of artistic expression, family fun, cultural diversity and spiritual reflection, my brothers Billy Jonas, David LaMotte and I had the pleasure of doing a short interview with Al Jazeera Television.  For all of my Arabic speaking friends who have subscribed to this website blog ~ enjoy!  Those of you with connections to other places where Arabic is spoken, please do share the link to help spread the word about Abraham Jam far and wide!  (Click image to watch)

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