The first Playing For Change Foundation music school, which was located in the South African township of Gugulethu, has expanded to multiple locations in the area. The Imvula Music Program has been established in 2016 and implemented across different schools in the township. The program brings music education into the lives of even more children and a more diverse group of children, and provides a larger, more efficient space for classes.
The program is being led by six talented teachers, including former Ntonga teachers, John Ntshibilikwana. Students are learning marimba, vocals, drums, saxophone and keyboard/piano as well as dance.
VIDEO OVERVIEW: TAKE A VISIT AT THE IMVULA MUSIC PROGRAM
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
Most residents of Gugulethu work as laborers either in the Township itself or in nearby Cape Town. The community of Gugulethu is still rebuilding after the devastating impact of Apartheid. With drugs, crime, poverty, and disease prevalent in the township, the Imvula Music Program will offer even greater hope and possibility for the community and its youth. Gugulethu is a also a strong and multicultural community and the meaning of "Gugulethu" in Xhosa is "our pride".
Learn More about "Gugs" through this interview with Poppy Tsira.