Pakistani-born, New York-based songwriter and vocalist Arooj Aftab took the stage with few words, letting silence cover the crowd as Bhrigu Sahni delicately tuned his guitar. As he began to pluck the bright melody of the first song, Aftab let loose an intricate voice that filled up all corners of UNC Asheville's Lipinksy Auditorium.

Speaking to the crowd, Aftab explained that the songs came from reinterpreted Sufi poetry set to music. One, which she performed in English, was a translation from Sufi mystic Rumi: “Last night my love was beautiful, like the moon ... brighter than the sun.” Although the lines were simple, the message came through clearly in the feeling of the music.

Jörn Bielfeldt played the rhythm box. Responding to the unique path of each song, he used an array of percussive instruments from drum sticks to locust bean pods. At one point he removed his shoes and played the box with the backs of his heels.

After the show, Bielfeldt said that most of the performance was spontaneous improv of songs the group had performed together before. Collaborating for the past five years, the three artists have a palpable connection on stage, and although each is pursuing an individual musical path, they come together whenever they can. “We want people to listen to the music and leave happier, more in touch,” said Bielfeldt. “Isn't that what music is for? Changing people?”

In the spirit of transformation, Aftab started the initiative Rebel Music. The six-part series follows young people who are using creativity and artistic passion to change the world.

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Music is both magical and scientific. It is quintessence of life. Melody alone without words can soothe the heart and increase adrenaline, and when coupled with matching and suitable words, it touches and enforces the soul.

Actually it can still enforce the soul without words.
Like all art, musical creation is a response to the influences and culture that surrounds a person or persons. It's always done that. And that affects other people if they enjoy it. The nature of government, monarchies, autocrats etc. has often led to people reacting to it in an artistic way (Pussy Riot, Hans Bellmer), or sometimes it can be something as simple as an appreciation of the natural world, or poetry in this case. It isn't exactly a new thing.
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I think it's a very effective medium for 'spreading the word' about your topic of choice since it's such a globally appreciated and popular form of art. Even more so when it's used to reinforce civil rights movements, such as the US one.

With that being said, I think the term 'changing people' is a bit too much.

Gozd in gora poj,
silen ženimo hrup,
uboga gmajna, le vpup, le vkup,
le vkup, le vkup z menoj,
staro pravdo v mrak tulimo,
da se pretulimo skozi to zimo

I'm not impressed by this. Under the right circumstances this is exactly what you'd expect to happen. Makes me think of Venice beach. Sounds like something that would happen there.
well, we found it everyone. the reason why people make art. unknown until this very moment.

case closed, thank you bpgoll for helping us understand this