Through Courageous Eyes

Rebuilding Hope, October 2015 edition
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Abraham MwindaWe are featuring a series of blog posts called, Through Courageous Eyes,” that feature the work of refugee and migrant artists.

Abraham Mwinda is a former refugee from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo who came to the United States via Nairobi, Kenya. He has now settled in Kentucky.

A self-described singer and songwriter, Abraham began writing songs at the age of 7 and performing them publicly at age 15. Writing and singing were ways he could express his thoughts more easily, which gave him the motivation to continue developing this passion.

Since 2014, Abraham has performed at various concerts, which are “mainly focused on sharing experiences with the public and promoting a culture of peace, love, and unity.” The song below, “Cold World,” asks “do we really have to go to war?” and concludes, “love is the way.”

The first verse of “Cold World” reads:

“This heart of mine, could be better but I guess that it’s doing just fine

Could this be a sign, that I was meant for more than what I perceive on my mind?

Somebody once told me, it’s a cold world that we living in

It’s been like that from the beginning

But I just can’t get myself to see, that this how it should be

And every night I go to bed, with a million questions in my head

Hoping that I would find some answers deep within”

With such powerful messages of peace and hope, Abraham says his concerts have been referred to as “musical sermons.” Indeed, Abraham finds inspiration in his “beliefs, faith, and aspirations” as well as from his personal life experiences and the lives of people he has met.

Abraham’s full album, “In The Moment,” shares more of these powerful stories and messages in a relaxed acoustic afropop style. His track “Love is a Verb” stresses the importance of loving neighbors, but also acknowledges that “it takes courage to love, love is not cowardice.”

Abraham’s Facebook page shares the quote, “Never forget…even during your darkest moments, God still has a plan for you to shine bright. Don’t lose faith.” This talented musician has certainly used his talents with music and writing to shine brightly in the world.

To learn more about the Through Courageous Eyes artist series, visit our blog.lirs.org/category/through-courageous-eyes/.

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