An Irish woman in Colombia is trying to boost local morale during the COVID-19 pandemic by singing to her neighbors from her balcony every night.
Rebecca Winckworth is a professional singer based in Medellin and she has taken to serenading her neighbors in her apartment building to lift morale during these difficult times.
Winckworth explained that she started singing when everyone came outside to applaud healthcare workers.
"Every night we come out at 8 pm and applaud the healthcare workers and I have been singing a few songs.
"I did it one night and then they came out another night saying 'que cante, que cante' or ‘sing, please sing,'" she told RTÉ News.
The singer is part of the famous vocal choir "Anúna," who rose to world attention when they sang on the inaugural performance of Riverdance in 1994. Winckworth splits her times between Ireland and Colombia and spends half the year in Medellin.
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I’ve been singing every night for my neighbours here whilst in quarantine. Though I don’t know them, I feel close to them as we come out every night at 8pm to cheer together from a distance. My lovely neighbour upstairs recorded this today. This is a monumental time we are living right now and I hope everyone is keeping strong, safe and happy. Music certainly is my saviour during quarantine, what’s your yours? Canto cada noche durante la cuarentena para mis vecinos; es un momento muy bonito que espero cada día. Estamos físicamente lejos pero espiritualmente cercanos. De hecho, estamos todos juntos en el mundo en este momento tan difícil y complicado. Para mí, la música es mi salvación ¿cuál es la tuya? #coronavirus #stayathome #createdontcontaminate #togetherathomeconcerts #quedateencasa
Winckworth said that music and singing act as an escape for people during difficult times and that music is her savior during quarantine.
She said that the songs have been popular among the locals but that she is running out of Spanish songs. She hinted that she might revert to classic Irish songs if she runs out of Spanish songs to sing.
"I’m going to have to learn to sing more songs in Spanish, or else I’ll just stick with the good old Irish tunes."