string(10341) " 1406234611 <![CDATA[Playing For Change Foundation RSS Feed]]> {path='news'} The News RSS Feed for Playing for Change Foundation. en-us Copyright 2014 2014-07-24T00:43:29+00:00 M00o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr The xylophones at Bizung are from the Upper West region of Ghana, close to the borders of Burkina Faso and Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The big frames and the dangling gourds make for an imposing instrument, with a bright, sprightly sound. Although they come in different shapes in sizes, those in Ghana are usually pentatonic, with three octaves ranging from G to D.

M20o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr The Bansuri is a traditional Nepali Flute. Bansuri literally means “bamboo musical note” from the Sanskrit “bans” (bamboo) and “swar” (musical note). Bansuri is very simple in its appearance, yet producing musical sound from the hollow tube is very intricate and takes years of dedication and practice to achieve.

M40o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr In Tintale Village in rural Nepal, we have been privileged to partner with the Aura Imports Sponsorship Project, which began by building a school there in 2009. With your help, we brought music education to the school. This past year, generous support generated through the PFC Foundation enabled us to add two new rooms to the school to expand the music program and create a cyber-café.

Through ongoing partnerships the village now has solar power, computers and regular connection to the internet for the first time. Last year, volunteer partners also provided vital medical support to the community.

M60o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr The ngoni or “n’goni”; is a string instrument originating in West Africa. Its body is made of wood or calabash with dried animal (often goat) skin stretched over it like a drum. This ngoni is called a “djeli ngoni”, played by griots to perform at celebrations and other special occasions to play the traditional songs.

M80o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr Dinesh is twelve years old and a student at the Mitrata Nepal Music Program in Kathmandu, Nepal. Each Saturday morning, the students all gather to practice drumming and dancing. Dinesh told us he feels proud because “I get some important knowledge by learning music in the classes.” He is currently working on his skills playing the Madal drum.

M100o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr Madal Drums are a traditional Nepali instrument. Considered the backbone of most Nepali folk music, the Madal is a common Nepalese percussion instrument.  The drum consists of a cylindrical body, it’s center has a slight bulge and the cylinder is closed on both ends…

M120o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr If you can feel the rhythm, you can change a child’s life through music!
On Saturday, September 20th, artists, musicians, and music lovers—people like you—will gather all over the world to play for change. Performances in concert halls, cafes, and on street corners will create a positive global vibration and support the Playing For Change Foundation’s music education programs for children. Join Celerity Global Development Charter Schools and Playing For Change Foundation for the 4th Annual Playing For Change Day…

M140o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr Earlier this year, the program team at the Playing For Change Foundation worked on a strategy with the leadership team at the Ntonga Music School that could grow the school in a manageable way, increase community outreach and participation, and improve the overall structure of the music school.

Since February we have seen encouraging progress; we now have a strong administrator in place, and three new committee member candidates from Gugulethu. There are 40 to 50 consistent students showing up for classes on a regular basis, and up to 100 students that are participating in the program altogether.

M160o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents YouTube OnStage Live from the Kennedy Center, a free, one-time-only performance featuring John Legend with other inspiring acts who made their fame through YouTube, including Lindsey Stirling, Les Twins, a “Clouds” tribute to Zach Sobiech, Playing for Change, Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox, Mike Relm, and others. The performance will be LIVE-STREAMED at

M180o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr We believe one of the best ways to find out if our programs are operating successfully is to go straight to the source: ask the students. We recently surveyed students at PFCF’s music schools and programs and are pleased to share the results with you. Overall, there’s been an increase in the number of students in the community who have access to music classes, as well as improvement in how the students perform in their core classes thanks, in part, to their participation in the music programs. As you can see, most of the students report increased confidence and new skill acquisition, and 100% of the kids felt their class worked together as a team!