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Dorothy Johnson-Laird

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Dorothy Johnson-Laird comes from a long line of musicians, including a music teacher in the 1820s in England. As a child she trained in both classical and jazz piano. Dorothy has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. At New School University, she was the Research Assistant for a course taught on gender issues and women in blues music. Dorothy is passionate about African music. She contributes to www.afropop.org and www.worldmusiccentral.org. She is a music consultant for Skyline Ife, a company that provides music audio to airlines. She blogs for Girl Child Network Worldwide, a non-profit organization dedicated to girls' rights. She welcomes the opportunity to contribute her understanding of music to the World Music site at About.com.

From Dorothy Johnson-Laird:

A Zimbabwean proverb reads, "if you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing." Take that first step in listening to world music and you may begin to dance. Music has a way of transcending boundaries, cultures, nationalities. As we saw in South Africa's Anti-Apartheid movement, it can help to transform society. I look forward to celebrating world music here with you at World Music at About.com.

For more information on Dorothy, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/African-Music-Into-Words

Dorothy can be reached at dorothylaird@gmail.com

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