Last Easter Sunday, Bob Simon introduced us to one of the most extraordinary musical ensembles we've ever seen -- -- in his report "Joy in the Congo," video above.
Kinshasa is the capital city of one of the poorest countries in the world: the Democratic Republic of Congo. It's there that Simon met 200 musicians defying the poverty of their war-torn country by learning and performing classical music.
Maestro Armand Diangienda, a former pilot, began the orchestra with neither teachers, instruments, musicians nor anyone who could read music. But miraculously, they played.
A lot has happened since Simon's report first aired in April 2012. Earlier this month, members of the Kimbanguist Orchestra left their usual home, a rented warehouse in the Congo, for Los Angeles and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, where the string ensemble performed an original composition for the L.A. Philharmonic's conductor Gustavo Dudamel.
And last week, "Joy in the Congo," Simon's report on Armand's dream of playing classical music in the heart of Africa, won a Peabody Award. The segment was produced by Clem Taylor andthe editor was Warren Lustig.
Congratulations to all!
Click here to learn more about Instruments of Peace, a charitable partnership inspired by the 2012 broadcast of the 60 Minutes segment "Joy in the Congo."