This is music for deaf children
Brandon Kazen-Maddox has known sign language since he was a kid. His grandparents are deaf, so from a very young age he has interpreted life for them so that they, too, can live a more normal existence.
However, he also has been into gymnastics and tumbling since the age of 4. He moved to San Francisco 3 1/2 years ago, and now he has done an amazing thing - incorporating dance, sound and sign language for the words into a single event.
He performed recently at Cesar Chavez school, a school in San Francisco which incorporates hard of hearing and deaf young people into a special program.
The result is stunning.
Look at the following:
This video features a background of San Francisco. But the real focus here is on him, his abilities to dance and tumble, and to sign the words of the song at the same time.
He has created a second video, as well, very different in style but, to my mind, utterly fantastic.
If you don't know deaf people, you can't imagine what is sometimes the small world that they live in. This approach changes all of that in a most positive way. I hope later on to have an interview with him on this web site.
And while you are thinking about it, when did you and your children last meet a hard of hearing or deaf young person and befriend him?