The first Playing For Change Foundation music school, which was located in the South African township of Gugulethu, is taking on new life. We are proud of the legacy of the Ntonga Music School and excited for its evolution to serve even more students. Thanks to the support of long-time Playing For Change Band members, Titi Tsira, Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba, who are based in South Africa, we are expanding our programmatic efforts in the community of Gugulethu and transitioning the music program to a new location.
The newly founded Imvula Music Program has been established by Titi and her mother, Poppy Tsira, both long-time residents and community leaders in Gugulethu. The Imvula Music Program is implemented across 4 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 guitar, vocals, drums, saxophone and keyboard/piano as well as dance and marimba.
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, our program administrator: