Student and teachers performance, Mali

Khoussa Kora Balla | Ecole de Musique de Kirina

We are very happy to share with you this video recorded at Ecole de Musique de Kirina with some of our students and teachers. This song named Khoussa refers to Malian traditional instruments originated from a small village named Djambere, in the region of Kayes. It was composed by the Diaba Koita, one of the … Read More

Damon Albarn visits our school in Mali

“Last week we had the pleasure to receive the visit of our great friend and supporter Damon Albarn at Ecole de Musique de Kirina, in Mali. Damon has been supporting the music school since his first visit in 2015.  Thanks to Damon’s financial help we have been able to create a water distribution network in … Read More

Balafon Performance | Kirina, Mali Ecole de Musique de Kirina- Mali PFCF music students Lamine and Moussa Kouyate at the École De Musique de Kirina dedicate their performance of the balafon  to the PFCF family and community.

Ecole de Musique de Kirina celebrates International Jazz Day de Musique de Kirina- MaliPFCF students at École De Musique de Kirina celebrate International Jazz Day with a special music lesson on jazz for the school’s teachers and students. This lesson covers the history and importance of jazz as well as practicing jazz on traditional Malian instruments, reminding us of the important African roots of jazz music.

A Female Guitarist In Mali??

Meet Oumou Koulsoum Diarra, a young musician who conducts workshops to the students at Playing For Change Foundation’s Ecole de Musique de Kirina in Mali. Her presence as one of the only female instrumentalists in the area is significant, and serves as an inspiration to the girls she teaches. Here she explains how the school has impacted her … Read More

If This Doesn't Make You Want To Learn The Kora, What Will?

Boubacar studies kora at Ecole de Musique de Kirina and shares with us his interpretation of the traditional Malian tune “Kaira” in this video. Follow the project on Facebook This video has been entirely produced and posted by our local program team in Mali.

A Dance class in Mali: 360° video

We just returned from an amazing trip to Mali with the PFC crew and recorded this short 360° video of a dance class at Ecole de musique de Kirina, our music school created in 2010 in the ancient griot village of Kirina, Mali. Listen to real african roots percussion and see how our students are … Read More

Discover our Music School in Mali

  L’ecole de Musique de Kirina opened in 2010 in the village of Kirina in Mali. Kirina holds 700 years of cultural heritage and the school provides classes in most of the Malian traditional instruments as well as dance and languages.  

Bamako, Mali

Interview with Toumani Diabaté

Ecole de Musique de Kirina- Mali Toumani is one of the greatest exponent of African music around the globe, an absolute genius of his instrument: the kora. In this interview, Toumani shares an inspiring vision of Africa, music and life. And he also reminds us how important it is to know our past to build … Read More

École De Musique de Kirina - Mali

Meet with Boubacar

PFCF music student, Guem, lives in Mali’s capital city of Bamako and travels 30 kilometers by bus to attend classes at École de Musique de Kirina.

Ecole de Musique de Kirina - Mali

Meet with Alou

Ecole de Musique de Kirina- Mali Discover our music school in Mali through Alou’s experience. The young Alou, from Mali, introduces you to the music school in the village of Kirina.

A groove from Mali

Ecole de Musique de Kirina- Mali To welcome their new friends to the PFCF family, students and staff at École de Musique de Kirina in Mali recorded a groove and dedicated it to the Cajuru Music School in Curitiba.

Music Unites Schools in Mali and Brazil

November 28th, 2015 – Our beautiful family is growing and we are so grateful! This year, Playing For Change Foundation welcomed new programs and communities in Bangladesh and Brazil, and nearly doubled the number of students we serve. To welcome their new friends to the PFCF family, students and staff at École de Musique de … Read More

A Teacher’s Life is Changed – Mali

Percussion teacher, Seidou Kone, receives us at his home in a village near Kirina, Mali, and explains how working as a teacher at École de Musique de Kirina in Mali, West Africa, has changed his life and how the music school started by Playing For Change Foundation has made a positive impact in the community.

Ecole de Musique de Kirina, Mali

Interview with Mahamadou & Seydou

In this interview, filmed in Kirina, Mali. Mahamadou Diabaté and Seydou Dembelé, respectively Director and Administrator at Ecole de Musique de Kirina explain how the music school got started, and the impact of the music school on the community.

The Change is here (Mali)

3 of the greatest musicians in Africa came to visit the music school of Kirina, Mali, created by the Playing For Change Foundation: Toumani Diabaté, Baaba Maal and Habib Koité. In February 2010 the Playing for Change crew broke the ground in Kirina Mali, to start the project of a music school and to record Baaba Maal with … Read More

A Visit at Ecole de Musique de Kirina

L’Ecole de Musique de Kirina (the Music School of Kirina) opened its doors in October of 2010. Every week, more than 300 kids attend free classes in kora, balafon, djembé, talking drum, dance, musical theory, traditional History, English and French. Kirina is a village whose musical traditions have been passed down from generation to generation … Read More

Ecole de musique de Kirina – The start of the project

Watch the villagers of Kirina, Mali, build their new music school with the support of the Playing For Change Foundation. Our friend Mahamadou Diabate— brother of famed Kora player Toumani Diabate, and a wonderful musician in his own right– approached the Playing For Change Foundation about building a music school in his native country of … Read More