The Cahuita Music program was inaugurated in February 2022, in the town of Cahuita located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. This project is the result of a partnership between PFC Foundation, UNFPA and Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Cahuita.

The program focuses on transmitting the afrodescendente musical culture of the Calypso and offers classes in guitar, dance, percussion and keyboard. PFCF and UNFPA are joining forces to invest in cultural wealth so as to help balance other local economic, social, and educational disparities and help create bright futures for all of the adolescents students through music, art, life skills and social impact.

The opening ceremony of the Cahuita Music Program took place on February 18th, 2022 with the presence of government authorities, UNFPA, local personalities, teachers, musicians and the community of Cahuita.

 

Cahuita, Costa Rica
60 students
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LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY

 
Cahuita is a town of about 10,000 inhabitants on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Located next to a national park, Cahuita holds a multicultural heritage and a strong afro descendant community. The calypso is the main musical exponent of that heritage. Cahuita has been recognized as continental capital of calypso and selected by the UN to celebrate the first International Day for People of African Descent in August 2021. Music and culture in Cahuita have been outlets for youth and community members to build social cohesion. With this opportunity, the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Cahuita with the support of PFCF and UNFPA, will help to create bright futures for all of the adolescents students through music, art, life skills and social impact.

Traditional Music and Dance
Music theory
Life skills training
6 staff members

TEAM ON THE GROUND

Enrique Joseph Jackson
Program Development manager
Randall Ortiz
Principal teacher and administrator
Mariela Ash
Assistant admin
Kenroy Dawayne
Dance teacher
Eric Lacy
Percussion teacher
David Ojeda
Piano and vocals teacher

SPOTLIGHT

Meet Harold Robinson, UNFPA Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Learn about the Mission of the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) and its partnership with Playing For Change Foundation.

SPOTLIGHT

Meet Harold Robinson, UNFPA Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Learn about the Mission of the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) and its partnership with Playing For Change Foundation.

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