by François Viguié
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.Read more
by Shauna Murray
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.Read more
Building the Dream in Tintale Village
by Elizabeth Hunter
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.Read more