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People We Love :: César López

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Killer Sound: Guns to Guitars

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Colombian classical musician César López began building guitars out of guns after he noticed that a soldier was holding his rifle the same way that one would hold a guitar. López gets guns through the office of Colombia's peace commissioner. His first guitars were made from Winchester rifles, but now he is using AK-47s.

“What we want to create is an invitation to an attitude of change,” he said. “The main idea is that weapons can be changed from an object of destructiveness to an object of constructiveness.”

López is the founder of the Battalion of Immediate Artistic Reaction, a group of Colombian musicians and activists who are committed to making peace through music. The battalion mobilizes whenever there is a guerrilla attack in Bogotá, heading out into the streets to bring healing music to victims.

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