Locally made instrument benefiting a child and village craftsman.
Imvula Music ProgramGugulethu, South Africa
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 located at the Litha Primary School, which serves over 500 children ages 6 to 14. The school is run by the community but supported by the government of South Africa, thus no school fees are required for students. It serves children from all of the area townships. 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 and Nelson Mongezi, in addition to PFC Band members Mermans, Titi and Jason. Students are learning guitar, vocals, drums, saxophone and keyboard/piano as well as dance and marimba. Along with after school music and dance instruction, the program is open to the community on the weekend offering workshops and performances to young and old alike.
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.
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From Shipping Container to Music StudioBy Thea Karki
The Philippi Music Project team is building a music studio inside an abandoned shipping container located just minutes from our PFCF music program in Gugulethu. The Imvula students and teachers will not only have free access to the studio, but also an opportunity to learn recording, create studio-quality music and participate in workshops conducted by local musicians from across the region. more
Life in the Community
Most residents of Gugulethu work as laborers either in the Township itself or in nearby Cape Town. The youth of Guguletu wake around 7 AM, eating cereal and bread to fill their stomach. Most of them have between 3 and 5 siblings and attend local school-- some walk, others take a mini-bus.