"Today is the day - not tomorrow, not next week. Today is the day to make a difference)
(Wolfgang Hildebrandt Quote ©)

Children1Wolfgang Hildebrandt: "I was honored and delighted then to be selected as the first German artist to perform a peace concert for the United Nations. It was here that I first performed a song I wrote called "The United Nations Song". It was such a success that I was invited to sing the song at several other huge United Nations events and at the Ringing of the Peace Bell Ceremony.

While in New York attending a meeting of the United Nations, I was invited by the Former Undersecretary General for a personal tour of the United Nations building and it's museum. The museum was very enlightening; it contains cultural artifacts from each member of the United Nations.

It is so amazing to walk through the United Nations and realize that here people from all over the world unite for one goal, peace. While touring the museum, I came across a very unusual gift someone had donated to the United Nations. It was a rifle and guitar combined - the guitar neck was the rifle barrel.

As a musician I found this absolutely fascinating, it touched my heart. "Let's change guns into guitars".   I had tears in my eyes realizing that music really is a universal language that is so strong it can affect even the political arena. The vision of this guitar/rifle and the ability to change guns into guitars burned into my heart and I remembered the song "We Are The World". This song touched the whole world and  helped so many children. This is when I realized that the world is ready for a new song and that my "United Nations Song" is ready for the world.

300The "United Nations Cd" has a fundamental message attached to it. The world’s mistakes can’t be corrected overnight, but if we all chip away, piece by piece at this sculpture of tyranny, a world united can be achieved and war amongst humanity will cease to exist. To never forget our past, but learn from it, and build a better foundation for a prosperous and brighter future, for all mankind regardless of location, wealth, skin colour, race, religion or mentality. This historic event will bring together some of the worlds most successful artists currently contributing to the music industry. The Cd will be published worldwide. We anticipate the release date to be late 2018. The United Nations Song is not the official song of the United Nations, it is being prepared to honor the work of the United Nations. We would also like to encourage individuals as well as the nations to continually pursue peace..

The gun turned into a guitar history 

United Nations Headquarters: Escopetarra - a gun turned into a guitar

rifle guitar1The Escopetarra was invented by Colombian peace activist César López in 2003 at a gathering after the El Nogal Club bombing in Bogotá, when he noticed a soldier holding a gun like a guitar. The first escopetarra in 2003 was made from a Winchester rifle and a Stratocaster electric guitar.López initially had five escopetarras built by Colombian luthier Alberto Paredes, four of which were given to Colombian musician Juanes, Argentine musician Fito Páez, the United Nations Development Program, and the city government of Bogotá, while one was kept for himself.

Juanes later sold his escopetarra for US $17,000 at a Beverly Hills fundraiser held to benefit victims of anti-personnel mines, while the escopetarra given to the UN was exhibited at the June 2006 of the UN Conference on Disarmament.In 2006, López acquired an additional 12 decommissioned AK-47 assault rifles from Colombia's peace commissioner's office, with plans to convert them into guitars and give them to high-profile musicians such as Shakira, Carlos Santana, Juanes and Paul McCartney, as well as political figures such as the Dalai Lama.

rifle2However, a member of the Dalai Lama's staff rejected López's offer, citing the inappropriateness of giving a weapon as a gift; López has said he will try to explain his purpose more clearly. One was also given to Kenyan singer Eric Wainaina on the occasion of the UNODC's 2008 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, to honour his appointment as a UNODC Messenger of Non-Violence.



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