We received hundreds of song from all backgrounds; they all dared to tell us the story of an origin… Open your heart and listen to them!

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¿Qué te Pa?

Niños y jóvenes del mundo atrapan el sentido que se crea en el concurso Pelota de Trapo, de Scholas

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«Music is the language of emotions, a journey to the most intimate part of our sensitivity and an ideal tool to humanise this world. It is between each note that I find the magic in music and through it I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to inspire».

Pablo Sáinz Villegas was born in La Rioja (Spain).

«Music belongs to the people and the guitar is a voice very close to their heart». Pablo Sáinz-Villegas has been hailed by the international press as the successor of Andrés Segovia and an ambassador of Spanish culture in the world being the first solo guitarist to play at Carnegie Hall in New York since Maestro Andrés Segovia in 1983 and the first guitarist to play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2001.

Pablo Sáinz Villegas believes in the power of music to inspire all human beings and has enjoyed concerts for tens of thousands of people in Chicago’s Grant Park, Lisbon’s Praça do Comércio or the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Since I was a child, music has marked the rhythm of my life. my parents gave me a guitar when I was one year old and I still haven’t let go of it. Throughout my life, I have wanted to learn to play as many instruments as I could.

The batucada is another one of my great passions in music.

I am currently involved as a conductor and listening to how they rumble through the streets makes me feel alive. I have been a volunteer in Scholas for 5 years and I am very proud to have taken part in many national and international meetings. been part of many national and international meetings.

Every time I attend one, there is always room for music, I love the little world that is created when we play together.

I love the little world that is created when we play together.

My name is Filipa Melo and I am 18 years old. I was born on the 12th of September at Amadora Sintra Hospital.

Since I was a child, I have always loved horses, and this continues to be my favourite animal. I also love being near the sea (but who wouldn’t?) and watching the sun rise and set. I love travelling and I even went to Mexico with Scholas in 2019! I’m doing a degree in Geology at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, which is one of my hobbies. I started playing guitar around the age of 13 and I still continue to practice. However, since the beginning of the pandemic I started to dedicate a little bit of time to try to learn to sing. Besides that, I also teach dance, more specifically, Lyrical Jazz, at the Oeiras Dance Academy.

With so many hobbies, this life has been a great adventure, which satisfies me a lot, so I want to continue!

Musician, at the age of 10 he started playing the guitar and singing along with his own songs. From then on he knew that music was part of his life.

Before having his own projects, he shared the stage as a guest with great Argentine rock musicians. Soloist, composer, creator.

Member of the Scholas pedagogical content team, teacher.

Rag Ball: The Origin

Pelota de trapo was born in 2019 at an educational meeting in Mozambique between young people from Scholas and Pope Francis. There was a party: poetry, dancing, singing and gifts. «But there is one thing that really touched my heart» shared the Pope. Then he showed a small ball made of rags given to him by a young man from Chicomo, with which, in the absence of a football, the children of that region have been playing since they were very young. «When I was a child, I played with a rag ball,» Francis recalled, sharing the story of his own origins, entrusting Scholas with the mission of launching a competition to rekindle the flame of the search for one’s own origins, to re-create it, and to spread it to all nations.