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Iowa Soul Festival Fosters Community in Iowa City
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Music can be powerful. In Iowa City, it kept some people at the Iowa Soul Festival out in the rain. But for others, the festival is about more than just the performances.
"In my experience, people of all races enjoy music. They don't call it the universal language for nothing, said Artist Dianna Penny.
Some say local residents can come for the food, music or shopping and stay to learn much more about other cultures.
"It's something that I would never really get a chance to hear, this music and stuff, and a lot of the stuff that they're selling, said Iowa City Resident Michael Jarvey.
Some residents say they worry that music like Rap and Hip-hop casts the African-American community in a negative light. They say showcasing soul music can help break that stereotype.
"It shows beauty, it shows soul, it shows thoughtfulness, it shows just love," said Waterloo Resident Lisa Fisher.
Other community leaders say the goal isnt for one culture to dominate any other, but instead to work together to make each other stronger, but unique.
"It's like a stew. You don't want to blend it up and it just becomes a puree. You want each vegetable to have its own savor but yet have a consistency," said Spiritual Counselor Lynne Tillman.