Twenty years ago, Rwandan musician Jean-Paul Samputu was one of the few members of his immediate family who was not killed during the genocide. Here, he speaks with us about his journey to survive, to forgive and to begin again. Music was critical to him finding his way.
Since 2009, the Playing For Change has been working in Rwanda to create positive change through music education. During the creation of our new program in Rwanda in 2013, Jean-Paul helped connect us with musicians and teachers in the area, and also visited our music students.
Through our work with the Ubuntu Music Program located outside the capital city of Kigali, the next generation of Rwandans are learning music and the lessons of inspiration, resilience, and joy that it provides.
Learn more about the Ubuntu Music Program here.