'Tragedy to Triumph': Music's power to connect disaster-ridden Japan, N.O.

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Posted on July 30, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 9:01 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans and Japan are separated by some 6,000 miles, but as you'll see in a special Channel 4 documentary Tuesday night, music unites the two countries like nothing else can.

We traveled to Japan in 2012 with a group of young people from O. Perry Walker and the Tipitina's Foundation on a sort of cultural exchange uniting the two countries both touched by disaster.

Music was what brought them together.

Some of the stars of the show - Wilbert Rawlins and the Chosen Ones Brass Band from O. Perry Walker High School and Mary Von Kurnatowski with the Tipitina's Foundation - were in the studio.

The half-hour special, featuring The Chosen Ones and the Tipitina's Foundation interns, is called "Tragedy to Triumph: The Musical Bridge Between New Orleans and Japan."

It airs at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 4.

The Chosen Ones performed in the studio Tuesday morning.

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