When we met Ramy Esam, the singer of the Egyptian revolution was lying face down on the same twin bed he slept in as a child.His shirt was off, and the blanket was pulled down halfway.He didn't want anything touching the red gashes and welts all over his back.Esam was a little-known young guitarist
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco grew up in rough neighborhoods in and around Chicago, where crack addicts would pass out on his front stoop. But, while his friends were drifting in and out of jail, he joined the chess club and the academic decathlon at high school.
Last February, violinist Romel Joseph was being treated at a Miami hospital for injuries he suffered during the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The school he founded in Port-au-Prince had literally crushed him in the quake.