Oaxacan music students recover their stolen instruments
After the theft of musical instruments from a youth philharmonic group, the halls of a community center in an Oaxacan community fell silent. But now the instruments have been recovered and the students can get back to practicing their music.
The community of Santa María Tlahuitoltepec discovered the identity of the thief, a resident, through an internal investigation. After being unmasked, the thief returned the instruments at a community meeting and was punished.
The instruments were taken on June 29 when the thief broke into the Santa Ana-Ne’äm community center, stealing a clarinet, two saxophones, four trumpets and three trombones. The community, located east of the city of Oaxaca in the Sierra Mixe, is home to the indigenous Mixe people.
The incident was not the first musical heist for a group of Oaxacan youth. In December 2019, 26 instruments – worth half a million pesos – were stolen from the Philharmonic Orchestra of San Pedro and San Pablo de Ayutla, another mixed community. In this case, the instruments were replaced by funds raised through donations from social media.
Now, that same group will benefit from another high-profile source of funds: the product of a Metallica song. Heavy metal band turns 30e anniversary disc, The black album, includes covers from more than 50 artists. Each artist chose an organization that would benefit from the proceeds of their coverage.
El Instituto Mexicano de Sonido, which covers the song Sad but true, chose the Philharmonic Orchestra of San Pedro and San Pablo de Ayutla as beneficiary.
Other causes supported by the album include UN Women, Save the Children and the Nashville Rescue Mission.