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. 

Gugulethu, South Africa
120 students

 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.

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120 weekly students
Implemented across 3 differents schools
6 staff members

TEAM ON THE GROUND

VIDEOS

  • Vocal Lesson | Imvula Music Program, Gugulethu, South Africa
  • Marimba Class | Imvula Music Program, Gugulethu, South...
  • Rehearsals at the Imvula Music program
  • Life in the Community | Gugulethu, South Africa
  • Imvula Music Program overview

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